Meet a Happiness Engineer: Ben Chilcote

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Happiness Engineer? Can you really turn customer support into a career? We interviewed Ben Chilcote, a Happiness Engineer based in Dayton, Ohio (USA) who has been at Automattic for seven years to find out more about his experience helping customers with WordPress.com. Q: Do you recall how you first heard about the job, and then … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Ben Chilcote

What to Expect During Your First Three Months as a Happiness Engineer

Howdy! My name is Stewart, and let me first start by saying how much I have enjoyed this career change! The first three months were a breeze and went by so quickly.  However, I would like to give you a peek behind the curtain to show you what you can expect during your first three months at Automattic. I think you are going to like … Continue reading What to Expect During Your First Three Months as a Happiness Engineer

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Cat

Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace. The Foo Fighters album’s name defines my cat, Hunter, and the ways she has helped me to become a better Happiness Engineer. I adopted Hunter in March of 2011. She was pretty small, full of fleas, and very sick. Her former owner had traumatized her. She was and still is a terrified cat. But she is healthy and happy, grumpy … Continue reading 5 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Cat

Self-Care when you work remotely

Working remotely can seem ideal for many people. What could be better than working from home, not having to worry about commuting, or even sticking to your pajamas the whole day? When I started working for Automattic almost five years ago, I was quite new to the concept of working remotely. I thought that bringing my laptop to bed to continue working on pending items … Continue reading Self-Care when you work remotely

Your guide to becoming a Happiness Engineer

Welcome to the Happiness Engineer blog! Chances are you’re here for a specific reason… you’re interested in joining us as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. This post was written by a group of WordPress.com Happiness Engineers on a team called Sparta. We were really inspired by this post our brilliant colleague Sandy made four years ago on how to become a Happiness Engineer. Since our … Continue reading Your guide to becoming a Happiness Engineer

3 Tips to make the most of your Happiness Engineer Trial

The Happiness Engineer trial is not easy, particularly if you’re already employed full-time or have other responsibilities to balance. The trial is intense, and there will almost certainly come a time when you’ll feel that it’s just too much. It’s been more than two years since my trial, but I still vividly remember sitting in front of my computer giving myself a pep talk before … Continue reading 3 Tips to make the most of your Happiness Engineer Trial

Five Things You Learned in Preschool That’ll Help You with the Happiness Engineer Trial

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

Balancing the Happiness Engineer Trial When You Have a Full-Time Job

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

Meet a Happiness Engineer: Eric

Eric McDuffie is a Happiness Engineer supporting customers using WordPress.com. He is also team lead for one of the WordPress.com support teams at Automattic. Eric shares what it’s like working for Automattic, the benefits of working from home, and what it’s like to be a Happiness Engineer. Listen through to the end if you’re interested in joining Automattic as a Happiness Engineer. Eric gives some great … Continue reading Meet a Happiness Engineer: Eric

Ten tips to ace your Happiness Engineer trial

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