In the run-up to my trial, I read just about everything on this website. Now as an Automattician it’s incredibly exciting to be contributing my own story. On New Year’s Eve, I submitted my application to become a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Over the following three months, I completed a sample project, an interview over Slack, and answered sample support questions. Each stage of the … Continue reading The New Happiness Engineer Trial Process!
When you have to go – go. I hope you haven’t learned it the hard way, although maybe it’s the only real way to learn it. Don’t feel like you’re glued to the chair; taking short breaks is necessary for your body and mind. You’re not doing yourself a favor when you force yourself to keep working when what you need to do is stretch … Continue reading Five Things You Learned in Preschool That’ll Help You with the Happiness Engineer Trial
A topic that comes up every once in a while during a Happiness Engineer Trial is how to balance your “regular” life with your new one at Automattic. Sometimes it can feel a little bit like you’re leading a double life! Here I’ll share a few tips on how I managed to balance a full-time 35-hours/week job with a 20-ish second one as an HE … Continue reading Leading a Double Life as a Trial Happiness Engineer
When I completed the Happiness Trial, I was already a full-time employee at another company. Due to this, weekends were the only time I was able to dedicate the largest blocks of time. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a plan that worked for me. I was able to keep up my responsibilities at my “day job” as well as … Continue reading Balancing the Happiness Engineer Trial When You Have a Full-Time Job
The Happiness Engineer trial can be daunting, but with the right mindset and tips, it is possible to ace it! I know this because I was a trial myself and made it through the chaos. During my first week in the trial, I was completely clueless about working here at Automattic. But a few weeks later, my trial buddy said, “If I was in the … Continue reading Ten tips to ace your Happiness Engineer trial
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
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 will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. — The Automattic Creed If you’re reading this post, perhaps you just submitted your application to become a Happiness Engineer at Automattic — or maybe you’ve just received word that you’ve been accepted into the trial! If you’re not familiar with the trial, it’s … Continue reading Trial Buddies: How We Support Our Happiness Engineer Trials
My legs were still trembling after the second interview when I received an email with these words: We would like to advance you to the next stage in our interview process, the trial. I’m a rather reserved person, but that day I was literally jumping for joy. I did it! I made it to the trial! I couldn’t contain my happiness. But when the excitement … Continue reading The Trial