So You Want to be a Happiness Engineer, Huh?

My amazing coworker Sandy wrote this post on the type of skills needed for a Happiness Engineer position. I couldn’t agree more and I highly recommend giving it a read if you’re interested in applying! (Did I mention we’re actively hiring? So if this sounds like you, APPLY!)

Sandy McFadden

Since joining Automattic (and to the annoyance of some people, I’m sure) I tend to go on about how much I enjoy my job and the company itself. I’ve often been asked what it takes and what you need to know to get the job. Especially since I called people to join me in my last post, I thought I would put together my thoughts and some resources which I can point people to or they can hopefully find through searching online as well.

I’m going to go a bit further and not only talk about what you need to do to get the job, but what I think you need to be successful in the Happiness Engineer role at Automattic. Please note that there are a lot of points here and you don’t have to be an expert in all of them to apply, but having a good understanding…

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Celebrating 2 years at Automattic

Today is a really cool day because it marks my 2 year anniversary at Automattic.

In many many ways… it still feels like I just started a few months ago. I still feel so new in that I’m always learning and have brilliant challenges ahead of me. In other ways, I feel like I’ve grown leaps and bounds knowledge-wise. Things that I always thought were way too hard to learn (I’m looking at you, domains!! lol), somehow are second nature now.

So I thought I’d throw myself a little GIF party and also take a moment to share 3 of my favorite stats.


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Master List: 26 Resources to find a Remote Job

I get asked all the time how to find remote work, here is a great master list of places to look

Simon Ouderkirk

This is definitely the top comment I’ve gotten from folks:

“Yeah, sure, it really seems great to work remotely, but how am I supposed to find a job like that?”


“There are so many companies, how do I know which ones are remote friendly?”


“But Simon, I want to work from home but I don’t know where to start!

Instead of commiserating and telling them my own story, I’m putting together a master list of every place you can find a remote job today. If I’ve missed a place, drop a comment below and I’ll update it.

I’m going to focus here on full time employment – if you’re interested in building a freelance or part time hustle, you probably already know about UpWork, etc.

Here we go.

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Celebrating 2 months at Automattic!

So it’s been a little over 2 months sine I’ve been working at Automattic.

I’ve been having a blast! I get to help some awesome users and work from some pretty cool places. I also got some shiny new toys to work with courtesy of Automattic. As a bonus I’ve already attended my first WordCamp as an Automattician and got to meet a few of my coworkers at WordCamp OC.

So I decided to put together a little photo collage of my first few months.

A few things I’ve learned:

  • Don’t ever forget your headphones when working at the coffee shop, you’ll regret it.
  • I now know the best parks to work from that have the best reception for my mobile hot spot or are close enough to my home’s wifi router that I still get signal.
  • Working at the pool is super fun and can make for a great swimming lunch break, but try and leave before 3pm to miss the loud kids who are out of school.
  • Sleepy puppies are a great distraction and stress reliever
  • The amount of packages you receive your first week is super fun
  • I have such an amazing supportive core  group of friends who helped me get to this point, and made sure I celebrated it.
  • Nothing beats a home made lunch
  • I have awesome co-workers who are super super smart but hilarious as well