Five standout skills to be a successful Happiness Engineer

Happiness Engineers love helping people use Automattic’s products like WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, and more. While the desire to help others is important, Happiness Engineers must have other skills to successfully help customers in live chat and by email. With that in mind, here are my recommendations for those wanting to improve their skills as new or aspiring Happiness Engineers. These tips are from my personal … Continue reading Five standout skills to be a successful Happiness Engineer

My Schedule as a Happiness Engineer

Every Happiness Engineer has a different type of day, schedule, tasks, etc. That’s one benefit I love so much about my position… I work when it is best for me and my family! The flexibility is very important to me, as it is lots of people. Personally I choose to work most weekends and take weekdays off. We are homeschooling our kids this year, so … Continue reading My Schedule as a Happiness Engineer

Meet a Happiness Engineer: Erica

Erica Kuschel is a Happiness Engineer supporting customers using WooCommerce to manage their online stores. She is also team lead for one of the WooCommerce support teams at Automattic. One of the most appealing aspects of the Happiness Engineer role is the flexibility provided while working remotely. Maintaining a work-life balance is a plus for this former travel blogger. When more wide-spread travel is possible, … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Erica

Communicating effectively with a remote team on video

Part of working with a distributed team, like the one at Automattic, includes communicating with co-workers on video calls.  Even though most of our communication is asynchronous and my teammates are in different countries, I can still see and hear them thanks to video conferencing.  Once a week I have a meeting with other members of my team using the Zoom video conferencing app. I … Continue reading Communicating effectively with a remote team on video

Engineering Happiness For a Different Product

I joined Automattic in 2017 as a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer. After two and a half years, I decided to apply for the WooCommerce rotation. For several months I stopped working in WordPress.com support to learn all about the WooCommerce product and how to support those customers. Rotations are encouraged by Automattic as a great way to widen our skills, get out of our comfort zone, … Continue reading Engineering Happiness For a Different Product

Meet a Happiness Engineer: Luminus

Luminus Alabi is a Happiness Engineer specializing in supporting customers using the WooCommerce plugin to establish and maintain their online stores. Happiness Engineers like Luminus are the first point of contact for customers that are new to WooCommerce and are looking for information on pricing, features, and extensions. Luminus enjoys working at Automattic surrounded by smart, caring people. Working remotely for a distributed company also … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Luminus

Meet a Happiness Engineer: Doug

Doug Aitken is a Happiness Engineer supporting customers in live chat and by email as they set up and maintain their online stores with WooCommerce. Customer support for a software program like WooCommerce requires creative problem solving. Each site has a unique combination of plugins and settings which requires Happiness Engineers to look at the issues from different perspectives to provide the best solutions. Customer … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Doug

How to make customers happy

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

Gaining live chat support experience as an aspiring Happiness Engineer

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

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Engineering Happiness in Public Support Channels

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