Six (Plus A Bit) Years At Automattic

Today marks my sixth anniversary of officially being hired on Automattic. As I’ve mentioned before though, I had been on contract for 9 months before actually being hired.

Since my last anniversary, I’ve joined the VaultPress team (I can’t believe that’s nearly been a year too!) and have been enjoying the change of type of work that’s come out of that.

I’m still enjoying working for this company as much as ever and I don’t see myself ever leaving. Oh, and have I mentioned that we’re hiring? 😉

Automattic 2015 Company Photo

My Office For The Week

I hate being stuck behind a computer all day! 😉

San Pedro, Belize

I’m currently near San Pedro, Belize in some resort condos with my team from work. We’re co-working here for the week in person. Normally we’re remote and spread across the world.

My Next Chapter At Automattic: VaultPress

When I first joined Automattic, I was a member of the VIP Team which is in charge of helping our enterprise clients host their large websites on our platform. After doing that for three and a half years, I got a bit burned out and was given the opportunity to switch to our Janitorial team. Janitorial is the name of the team that handles all of our internal tools and other things that slip between the cracks at Automattic.

Now it’s once again time for something else. As of tomorrow, I’ll be joining the VaultPress team who are in charge of our backup and security product for self-hosted installs. I will be helping both with development as well as any technical issues that arise from our support requests. It should be quite interesting and exciting — I’m looking forward to it!

Five (And Three Quarters) Years At Automattic

Yesterday, March 8th, was my official fifth year anniversary of being hired at Automattic. I say official because I actually started my trial the previous June and by that fall was doing fulltime regular duties. However no one at the company except perhaps HR realized that I hadn’t been hired on fulltime. I just kept submitting invoices and doing my job. Automattic was a lot more unorganized back then, both with trials and the onboarding process!

It’s been a wild ride and I have no plans whatsoever to go anywhere else. I’m here for the long term and I absolutely love it. It really is a dream job for me. Did I mention we’re hiring? 🙂

Here’s to the next five years!

Lastly for fun, here’s a photo from the first Grand Meetup that I attended with 40 of my coworkers:

2009 Grand Meetup in Quebec

Compare that to the latest Grand Meetup last fall when we had about 260 people there! We’re up to 306 as of this post.

2014 Grand Meetup in Park City

Four (Nearly Five) Years At Automattic

Today marks my official fourth anniversary at Automattic of being a proper full-time employee! In reality I started working for Automattic in about July of 2009 but due to an oversight, most of my coworkers thought I was already hired on as a normal employee. Meanwhile I just kept submitting my monthly contract report. Our hiring process has thankfully changed quite a bit since then!

Four years is a big milestone at Automattic as that is when you get your really cool custom WordPress MacBook. Unfortunately for me I’m one of the handful of Windows users at Automattic so it doesn’t make a ton of sense to get a MacBook just to run Windows on it. Oh well. 🙂

Working at Automattic really has been a dream come true for me. Besides getting to work on something I’m passionate about, WordPress, I also get to work with some of the most amazing people. I’ve made some life-long friendships here that I truly cherish. I can’t speak highly enough of the company and my co-workers. And as always, we’re hiring!

I hope my next four (nearly five) years at Automattic are at least half as good as these past ones have been.

Spoils From Nike Employee Store Visit

My stepmom was kind enough to get me a guest pass to the Nike employee store here in Portland at their world headquarters. Tons of cool stuff and all of it is about half price compared to normal retail prices. Awesome!


I picked up a pair of flexible trainer shoes for use with walking and stuff like that, a pair of normal shoes, two sweet jackets, and two shirts with a humorous message on them.