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San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
2005
Company - Private
Internet
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Automattic – Why Work For Us?


All around the world,
Building a new web, and a
New workplace. Join us!

We are the people behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, Cloudup, and more. We believe in making the web a better place.

We’re a distributed company with 694 Automatticians in 63 countries speaking 80 different languages. Our common goal is to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world.

We believe in Open Source and the vast majority of our work is available under the GPL.

Come work with us.

Where We Are

Want to make the web a better place for more than a billion people each month? We’re hiring.

HOW WE WORK

Choose your own adventure · Everyone works from the location they choose. We’re spread out all over the world in more than 50 countries. We track about 70 percent of our projects on P2-themed WordPress.com blogs, 25 percent in private chat rooms, and the rest on Slack. Because of the geographic variance, we’re active 24/7. We care about the work you produce, not just the hours you put in.

Coming on board · When you make it past the interview stage we’ll do a project together on contract, typically lasting between two to six weeks depending on how much time you can spend, to see how we work together. When you join full-time, you’ll do customer support for WordPress.com for your first three weeks and spend a week in support annually, for evermore, regardless of your position. We believe an early and ongoing connection with the people who use our products is irreplaceable.

Meeting up · We get the whole company together once a year for seven days so that Automatticians can create bonds that influence them all year long. So far we’ve done Grand Meetups in San Francisco, California; La Paz, Mexico; Oracle, Arizona; Breckenridge, Colorado; Mont-Sainte-Anne, Québec; Seaside, Florida; Budapest, Hungary; San Diego, California; Santa Cruz, California; Park City, Utah; and Whistler, Canada.

In addition to our all-company Grand Meetup, teams meet for five to seven days to brainstorm team-level strategy and bond in locales ranging from Boulder to Buenos Aires, Las Vegas to Lisbon, Montréal to Mexico City, and Vienna to Vietnam. If you join our merry band, expect to travel three to four weeks per year.

Diversityand Inclusion · In 2014 we started to work, as a company, on facilitating spaces for discussions about diversity at Automattic. And at the 2016 Grand Meetup with all of our employees across 50 countries, we decided to share with the rest of the world what we are doing about diversity and inclusion.

What do we look for? · Automatticians are curious, driven, compassionate, tenacious, autonomous, friendly, independent, collaborative, communicative, supportive, self-motivated, and amazing with .gifs. We want to work with people interested in making the web and the world a better place. Think you’ve got what it takes? Apply today.

Getting to know us · Would you like to know a bit more about what it’s like to be part of Automattic? Check out this Business Insider interview with Matt on how our company runs without offices or email. Meet a few colleagues (aka Automatticians) and hear about their experiences in their own words. Eric did a Q&A on what it’s like to work at Automattic. Still on the fence? Karen says you should really just apply.

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    I have been working at Automattic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work on projects across the company and expand your impact outside of your direct role.

    Leadership is very supportive of continued professional growth. There are plenty of opportunities to pursue learning through conferences, online courses, and/or books.

    The compensation and benefits are unlike any other.

    We communicate through p2, not through email. That's a breath of fresh air!

    The culture is open and honest so there are opportunities to get real feedback on your work and improve.

    You get the satisfaction of working on a big mission - make the web a better place and democratize publishing online. It's really gratifying to hear from our users about how WordPress.com/Automattic has helped them to share their thoughts online or start a business.

    Oh, and the remote working aspect is really awesome. I can't imagine working any other way 😃

    Cons

    The company has grown substantially since I first joined. With that, we've worked hard to improve how we handle communication and team member recognition. We're continuing to work on both of those areas. Not a "con" per se, but just an area we're working at actively!

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Automattic Interviews

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    Javascript Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Automattic.

    Interview

    I applied in March 2017. Received rejection after over 3 months of interview process. The entire process took place via a private Slack channel, with a single point of contact.

    The first round of interview was focused on asking front-end JavaScript questions, and questions related to client-server security. From first contact with Automattic to this first round was one week. I received a notification I had passed this round 2 weeks after that initial conversation, during which I was granted access to an SVN repo for a plugin development test. I was given a week to complete this test, which was basically transforming a bad plugin into a plugin ready for submission on an 'official' WordPress level. After 3 weeks, I heard back from Automattic, with some comments on things to continue working on, all of which were PHP based. Not a single comment was left on any JavaScript or CSS work during this process, which I guess was a good thing?

    After another 3 weeks of silence from Automattic, I finally received some more questions as to the process and code work for the plugin. After answering those questions, and working on the PHP code a bit more, I had one final conversation with the interviewer, which was after 4 weeks of no contact, despite multiple attempts to converse.

    I received a rejection letter 1 week after the final review of my code.

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