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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.

Automattic Reviews

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    I have been working at Automattic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people are smart, engaged in their jobs, and eager to learn and share knowledge. Everyone supports and encourages each other.

    Working at home and making your own hours is invaluable to me; and the benefits are great.

    The job is interesting and you are constantly learning.

    The hiring process is intense, but the atmosphere is casual and supportive.

    Cons

    None, unless you don't handle change well, because there is always something new and the pace is fast.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for your support!

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Automattic Interviews

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    Javascript Developer Interview

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    Interview

    Applied by email, heard back after few weeks, had an text chat interview in a private Slack channel, got an exercise, had a couple of more chats about my exercise. Got a rejection email with good feedback.

    The whole process maybe took a month.

    Good things:
    I liked being interviewd in chat, I'm more comfortable typing than speacking face to face.
    I learned how WordPress plugin development works.
    I got reminded about commitment and attention to details.

    What could be better?
    I think they were expecting too much from me. I'm a developer with a full time job, and fixing all the issues in a broken WordPress plugin during my free time wasn't easy. If I were a plugin developer or were I even applying for that role, it would be fine but for someone without that experience it's a lot to expect.
    I envy those who can pass that test, but for the rest of us it's easier to just skip Automattic.

    As others mentioned, it's a long process. Some days or weeks passed between the time I sent my assignment and the interviewer came back to me. I get it, they are busy like any other company, but it takes too much stress for applicants to wait for such a long time.

    My advice is get hands on experience on WordPress and its plugin development before applying.

    Interview Questions

    • how would you improve this plugin?   1 Answer
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