Walking in Chicago

One Year at Automattic

A little more than a year ago, I woke up to find this in my inbox:

Offer Letter Email

It was the morning before Tara and I were set to move down to Virginia, so the offer couldn’t have come at a better time. After taking a week to unpack our things and get settled in, I started full-time at Automattic, and haven’t looked back since. :)

Lots of my coworkers have written on this exact same topic, so I’ll keep my thoughts short and sweet.

Working at Automattic is a lot like joining a giant family that’s somehow full of nerdy people just like you.  Being so sprawled out can be a challenge, but when you get together, it’s a blast.

And the puns. Oh god, the puns.

Horrible Puns

What I like best about being at Automattic is that I’m not just a cog performing some strictly determined role. In fact, part of our company creed (yep, we have a creed) is: “I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me.”

That said, it’s not easy all the time. There’s days where you feel isolated from your coworkers, days where your motivation just isn’t there, and days where you realize that, if it weren’t for the UPS guy dropping off that book, you might’ve gone the entire day without actually speaking to another human being.

Inevitably though, one of your coworkers will do something to remind you just how “lucky” you are. Like, say, photoshopping your face onto a People magazine cover with some falcons:

Believe me, it’s better if you don’t ask.

So yeah, I love Automattic. :) Making the web a better place each and every day is a great feeling, and getting to do that with so many other awesome people just blows my mind.

Year two, here I come.

[Thanks to Stephen McLeod for the featured image photo!]

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