Working from home doesn’t have to be lonely. In fact, many Automatticians have pets to keep them company during the work day. Supporting customers gets a little easier when you have furry companions like these to make you smile during the most unexpected moments. This month we invited our Happiness Engineers to share how having pets around improves their work day. “Mostly my pets ignore … Continue reading Increasing Our Happiness with Cats and Dogs in the Office
I’m Victoria, a Happiness Engineer based in the North East of England in the UK. I’ve been working for Automattic since August 2020. When I first spotted the Happiness Engineer role, it was not open to applications, and it was to be a year until it finally did reopen… I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do, so I spent quite a bit … Continue reading My Journey to Become a Happiness Engineer
Our very own Happiness Engineer, Davor Altman, was recently interviewed by bluegrid.io about customer happiness. How do Happiness Engineers at Automattic approach customer service and make customers as happy as possible? It comes down to one indispensable word – empathy. I believe that being able to put yourself into the customer’s shoes and feel how they feel is the most important thing to have if … Continue reading How to make customers happy
Roughly two and a half years ago, I was in a marketing role at my previous employer. I did not have any experience in a customer-facing role, but I had my eye on Automattic’s open position for the role of a Happiness Engineer. I have used WordPress since 2010 and had a strong platform knowledge, but I knew clearing this trial wouldn’t be an easy … Continue reading Gaining live chat support experience as an aspiring Happiness Engineer
Have you ever desperately looked for support and ended up on a company’s Facebook page? Have you ever tweeted at the brand you really love? What about the one that you can’t stand? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on the other side? My name is Oliwia and I’m one of the Happiness Engineers from a team called Chiron. We take care … Continue reading Engineering Happiness in Public Support Channels
Do you have what it takes to join Automattic’s world-class customer support team? We get rave reviews like these: I can see now why everyone raves about your customer service. When fixing my mistake you were fast, courteous, and professional and didn’t make me feel like an idiot, even though the mistake I made was quite idiotic!I can’t say it enough: Thank you, thank you, … Continue reading Can you transform customers into happy, loyal, passionate fans?
Melissa Silberstang is a Happiness Engineer with WordPress.com supporting customers through live chat and tickets as they create their sites. Working at Automattic has given her the flexibility to travel and create a workweek that fits her lifestyle. Working remotely is not as lonely as it sounds. Melissa has been able to collaborate with coworkers online through different initiatives like the committee for Diversity and … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Melissa
2020 has been a year of challenges. But it’s also been a year for visionaries. One of the highly valued perks of being an Automattician (A11N) is being able to travel, often somewhere fabulous, with your teammates for an annual in-person team meetup. In light of the current state of world health, these oft looked forward to gatherings haven’t been possible. As a diverse and … Continue reading Fostering Connections Through Virtual Meetups
Update (Oct. 22, 2020): The Happiness Engineer job is currently open for applications! Perhaps you’ve been reading this blog but haven’t felt confident about applying to be a Happiness Engineer. Or maybe you’ve applied previously but we weren’t hiring in your region. Or maybe you’ve felt confident in the past but the time hasn’t been right for you. Whatever the case, if you feel that … Continue reading Become a Happiness Engineer!
I’m an advocate for remote work. For the better part of my life, I’ve worked from home as a freelance technical writer. I’ve always hated regularly going to an office, and only did it when I had to. I’ve been fully remote for the last five years since joining Automattic, where everyone works from wherever they like. And I’ve been preaching that “every company that … Continue reading How to Avoid Burning Out When Working from Home