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.
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.
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.
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?
Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at Women who WP, which is this wonderful meet up that gets together some amazing women and we have dinner and talk about WordPress, our stories, and what we’re learning.
One year ago I started my journey as a full-time employee at Automattic. Having the privilege of working on WordPress.com.
I recently found this gem of a video.
Matt Mullenweg was a guest speaker at Joomla’s World Conference in 2013, and his talk was on his story with WordPress.
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! 😉
I’m writing this from the new WordPress.com Desktop App, which was publicly released this week… and something I’ve been obsessed with for about a month.
When I started my trial at Automattic back in April… I learned about this really amazing project that was being crafted deep within the heart of Automattic, called Calypso.