Automattic’s 2017 Grand Meetup in Whistler

Automattic had their 2017 Grand Meetup in Whistler back in September (if you’re not sure what a Grand Meetup is Read this). This will be my third GM (it’s crazy to me how time flies), and Automattic’s biggest one yet as we’re now at over 600 employees.

I feel like this year’s Grand Meetup was just perfectly timed. We’re actively hiring so there were are a lot of new faces and 3 new team members added to our team. Which made it great to meet everyone in person, and spend some time bonding as a team.

I’ve written about my amazing team Sparta here, but we work on WordPress.com support together. You’ll find us all in live chat, answering emails, and in general just crushing it. Our team is made up of members from the western half of North America, so we’re generally all in the same timezone. I was just SO excited to see all of them.

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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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Video Calls in Remote Work: Does hiding your own video make you more effective?

I was recently listening to this podcast called what Virtual CoWorking can teach virtual teams.

One of the points that I found completely fascinating was that a small study was done, and showed that by hiding your own video on your display- makes you more effective/less distracted in video calls.

If you’ve never done a video call before, they’re very much like a Facetime or Skype session where you can see the other person and hear their audio.

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An Inside peek into a Remote Team Meetup

My favorite days of remote working aren’t the days when I get to work by a pool, or even when I get to stay home all day working on my couch in my favorite sweatpants (as a really strong introvert, that’s saying a whole lot there). My absolute favorite days are when I’m on a meetup and I get to see my coworkers in person, these amazing people here.

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2016 Automattic Grand Meetup

I posted a ton of pictures of last year’s Grand Meetup here and posted my thoughts here. And just realized that I forgot to post them for the Grand Meetup we had back in October of 2016 (which was around 5 months ago).

Wait, so what is a Grand Meetup?

Automattic is a remote company, which means that all employees work from wherever in the world they are. While we do have several offices or lounges in San Francisco, Maine, and Cape Town, no employees are expected to work out of there. The one time of a year we all get together is for the Grand Meetup (or what we fondly call the “The GM”) where Automattic flies all employees to one location where we all work together for a week.

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How I became a Happiness Engineer at Automattic Part 3: Paid Trial at Automattic

Part 1: Application Process
Part 2: The Interview Process
Part 3: Paid Trial at Automattic (this post)

What is a Trial?

This is the opportunity to work at Automattic, doing the job you’re applying for. It’s fantastic because you have the opportunity to see if you’d actually like the job and gives Automattic the opportunity to see how well you do the job.

It’s a paid Trial, so it really is a win-win situation. You get to try out the position, paid (this isn’t a salary but $25 hour), and see if you both think it’s a good fit.

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The schedule of a Happiness Engineer working in live chat

When I was first hired as Trial Happiness Engineer, I was concerned about the flexibility of live chat.

I imagined a live chat operator being chained to their desk all day. But since this is Automattic the pioneers of remote working, how was this possible? How was it going to work?

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How I became a Happiness Engineer at Automattic Part 1: Application Process

The story of how I applied to Automattic to become a Happiness Engineer and got hired.

This is the story of how I applied to Automattic to become a Happiness Engineer. I was hired in June of 2015, so this post may not reflect the current hiring process for a Happiness Engineer. One of my favorite things about Automattic is that we are constantly testing new processes to see if there is a better way to do something, and that applies to hiring as well. So don’t be surprised if you have a different experience in the hiring process! 😉

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