Automatticians Walking

One Year at Automattic

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

Automattic Offer Letter

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, 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 big family that’s somehow full of nerdy people just like you.  Being so spread out is a challenge, but when you get together, it’s a blast.

And the puns. Oh god, the puns.

Horrible Puns Everywhere

What I like best about working 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 are days where I feel isolated from my coworkers, days where my motivation just isn’t there, and days where I realize that, if it weren’t for the UPS guy dropping off that book earlier, I might’ve gone all day without speaking to someone.

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 salacious birds of prey:

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

So yeah, I love Automattic. Making the Internet a better place is a great feeling, and getting to do that with a group of such awesome people just blows my mind. Year two, here I come.

[Thanks to Stephen McLeod for the featured image.]

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