Three years ago today, I started working full-time for Automattic.
A lot has happened in three years. I’ve traveled the world. Met some amazing people. Found my enjoyment of public speaking. Moved across the country. Lost a best friend. Discovered my love of the ocean.
It’s hard taking photos of your feet in the ocean when the waves are crashing into you and you don’t want to drop your new phone.
Look at how FAST I look!
My feet on the beach. The sand had a really neat pattern from the waves.
Swimming in the Atlantic. These conditions are inhumane. Photo by Ryan Cowles
My coworker Alex behind me waiting to give me more bumper car related whiplash.
It seems like a lifetime ago when I got the job offer – but it also seems like I just started. I get to work on great things, learn new things, and work with the best team of people in the world.
(Shout out to Team Aurora!)
What do the next three years hold? I’m not sure, but I’m excited to find out.
Psst. We’re hiring!
My awesome co-worker Dave Martin posted an article on his blog today titled “Inside Automattic’s Remote Hiring Process” and it’s a fantastic read.
One of my favorite quotes:
We try to reply to everyone, whether they look like a good fit yet or not. There are good reasons for this. Not only is it the right thing to do, we’ve actually had quite a few Automatticians get hired after reapplying a second or third time.
I think this is HUGE.
How many times have you applied for something only to sit around waiting for a response?
You apply for a job you’re really excited about, then weeks and months go by and you don’t hear anything back. What an awful feeling!
In this day and age where we have computers, auto-responders, text expander programs and the like – it literally takes a moment to respond to those people who did not meet the expectations or requirements of the position being filled. It’s just common courtesy to let people know.
That’s why I love working for Automattic – from the very first point of contact, we’re respectful of all applicants and their time. Whether that means “thanks, but no thanks” or “hey, let’s talk more” – we try to respond to everyone. That’s pretty cool.
What are you waiting for? Go read Dave’s article and take a peek at our hiring page. Who knows, we may want to talk to you more too!