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My Journey to Automattic

I’ve spent a lot of my adult life playing around with websites. I mostly have my partner to thank for that—she’s been building increasingly complex websites since we were teens, and, around 2010, she introduced me to WordPress. I’ve always been a writer, but my blogs were hard to keep updated, as I relied only on HTML for a long, long time. As a result, … Continue reading My Journey to Automattic

5 Tips for Working Remotely

Before joining Automattic in 2019, I worked as a freelancer (remotely) for about 12 years. During those years, I learned a great deal about managing my time, creating systems, and staying motivated while working from my home office and all of the distractions being at home brings. Of course, I’m still learning new ways to be effective and organized (never stop learning!), but I thought … Continue reading 5 Tips for Working Remotely

FAQ: Happiness Engineers And Flexibility

Automattic powers many sites worldwide with its large assortment of products, so our support team is available every day of the week to best serve our customers. But what does that mean for our Happiness Engineers’ schedule? Q: What does a typical workday look like for Happiness Engineers? Generally, a Happiness Engineer’s workday consists of eight work hours, six of which are typically spent working … Continue reading FAQ: Happiness Engineers And Flexibility

5 Surprising Facts I’ve Learned About Working Remotely

Here at Automattic, we have been doing this work-from-home thing for a long time now. This was actually how I found out about the Happiness Engineer position. My family is kind of spread out across three different continents, and I felt like working from home would help me spend more time with them, see my nieces grow up, and also explore the world.  That said, … Continue reading 5 Surprising Facts I’ve Learned About Working Remotely

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

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

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

Fostering Connections Through Virtual Meetups

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