Enabling businesses to compete in a borderless world.
We were the first direct Employer of Record. Now we’re much more.
Atlas was built on years of experience navigating the business challenges of quickly deploying and paying international employees, all while ensuring compliance with local regulations. As the first – and now largest – 100% Direct Employer of Record (EOR), Atlas enables innovative companies to compete in a global economy because we believe that businesses should employ whomever they want, wherever the talent exists – making the world a lot smaller and easier to navigate for everyone.
With entities in over 160 countries, we deliver the flexibility for companies to expand across borders, onboard talent, manage compliance, and pay their global workforce without the need for a local entity or multiple third-party providers.
The Atlas enterprise-grade technology platform is uniquely designed to deliver end-to-end EOR and Human Experience Management (HXM) solutions through an empowered user experience. The platform supports thousands of companies and remote teams through localized experience and expertise, providing self-service capabilities and real-time insights that lead to improved business outcomes.
We are committed to expanding the reach of entrepreneurship and employment alike. Our business model helps startups and SMEs compete on the international playing field, turning commercial innovations into viable global enterprises – and bringing opportunity to local economies and the people who work there.
See What Drives Us
To guide companies on their growth journey with compliance, expertise, software and services that enable a global footprint.
A future where growth thrives across borders and cultures.
Passion: Purpose-driven: We are driven by our passion and engage in everything we do.
Influential Innovation: Value creation: We challenge the status quo to re-imagine and anticipate the needs of the market.
Trust & Diversity: Human-centric: We celebrate diverse perspectives and foster an environment of trust and accountability.
Our Leadership Team
Founder and Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Experience Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Legal Officer
Chief Strategy and Risk Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Atlas by the numbers
around the world
Our Journey So Far
Rick Hammell founds Elements Global Services to revolutionize the way that international companies manage their talent. In doing so, he coins the term “Employer of Record” for the burgeoning industry and introduces the world’s first 100% direct Employer of Record model.
Elements rapidly expands its EOR and payroll services to 80 countries. It also officially launches its first international offices in the UK and India.
With an international workforce of 75 people, operations in 100 countries, and new offices opened in Bercelona, South Africa, and China, Elements launches ApprovPay — a cloud-based platform to efficiently and compliantly manage international HR and payroll.
Elements completes a $20 million Series A capital raise with Guidepost Growth Equity to support its global expansion and technological investments. The company surpasses 100 international employees and operations across 135 countries, while moving its HQ to Chicago.
Providing the perfect business solution to the global challenge of COVID-19, Elements experiences rapid growth and balloons to over 250 employees and more than 150 countries served globally.
After completing a $200 million Series B capital raise with Sixth Street Global, Elements rebrands to Atlas in conjunction with the launch of it Human Experience Management (HXM) platform — simplifying global people operations with unified software and a ‘Glocal’ model. Atlas is also named as a ‘Leader’ in Global Employer of Record Services by NelsonHall and Everest Group.
2023 and Beyond
Atlas continues to revolutionize the way the world works. With almost 500 global employees and entities in more than 160 countries, Atlas helps its clients to build a reputation that attracts the world’s top talent. New improvements to the HXM platform in 2023 include the launch of expense management, a mobile app and a partnership with Coursera to improve employee experience. The company has also launched its impact ESG program and was named as a ‘Leader’ in IEC’s 2023 EOR industry report.
We’re Backed by the Best
Atlas is supported by some of the world’s most innovative investors in our mission.
Guidepost Growth Equity is a leading growth equity firm that partners with technology companies offering innovative solutions in large, dynamic markets including application software, data and information services, infrastructure software and services, and tech-enabled services.
In 2020, Guidepost Growth Equity invested $20 million into Atlas as part of its Series A funding in order to further accelerate growth by adding additional talent to its global workforce and expanding its suite of HR product offerings.
Sixth Street is a leading global investment firm with approximately $65 billion in assets under management and committed capital.Sixth Street Growth is the firm’s dedicated platform for making private investments in growth companies. The Sixth Street Growth team partners with companies and management teams to provide bespoke capital solutions to accelerate organic and inorganic growth.
Sixth Street Growth made a strategic equity investment of up to $200 million to support Atlas’ continued global expansion.
One global partner.
16 regional offices supporting remote teams on the ground in 160+ countries
Awards & Recognition
Atlas is proud to be recognized for our outstanding service and commitment to our customers.