If you plug "telecommute friendly" into any search engine, you will get lists of companies in return. However, what exactly does telecommute friendly actually mean? Does it describe a company that simply allows telecommuting or one that directly hires telecommuters? Most major companies have some kind of a telecommuting policy, and it may look pretty good on paper. But how--or whether--that policy is implemented makes all the difference.
My list of more than 200 companies that offer some type of work-at-home opportunities focuses on companies that hire telecommuters directly. However, to narrow it down a bit for the purpose of this list of top telecommuting companies, I singled out 10 major corporations that have a proven track record of using a remote workforce across multiple divisions within the company. This doesn't always mean they hire them directly. In some cases, workers need to work for a little while in an office before transitioning to telework, but these companies mean what they say in their flexible work policies.