WordPress, the incredibly popular content management system that runs this very blog (via WordPress.org), absolutely rocks in my opinion. I’ve been using it for years and can’t recommend it fast enough. If it wasn’t for WordPress, I think the world would be a very, very different place with far less information being shared in a meaningful, easy-to-access way. That’s why I was incredibly excited to interview Sara Rosso who works at Automattic as the WordPress.com VIP Global Services Manager. Here’s how she describes life as an Automattic employee.
I would describe Automattic’s culture as distributed. Not only does this refer to our physical organization and lack of offices, it’s also part of the fabric of the company. I had my own essence word to share, but for fun I decided to see if anyone else in the company had something to add. With one internal blog post, I had a bunch of answers (see below). And that’s the culture of Automattic. You can get this level of interaction, transparency, and feedback on anything that’s going on within the company, from any employee background, on subjects varying from financial forecasting to product roadmaps to t-shirt slogans.
Automatticians also suggested these words that describe our culture: Collaborative. Empowerment. Ardent. Infinitesimal. Quirky. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Irreverent. Spectacular. Go. Earnest. Unique. Impassioned. Kaleidoscopic. Flexible. Deploy. Creative. Scrumtrulescent. Iterative. Home. Personal.
Since we’re a distributed company, we don’t have any offices. We have a lounge in San Francisco that serves as a meeting place when colleagues are in town and for events, though few Automatticians work there every day. The view from the 9th floor in the Mission is breathtaking, and the burritos are restorative.
It’s hard to choose just one day as my favorite day working for Automattic, but I would say most of the best days I have had at Automattic have been during our in-person company meet-ups. You might think that this means we should work together more often, but on the contrary I think because we’re a distributed company we enjoy our time together in-person that much more. We spend every waking hour together (some days are quite long due to excitement and catching up) and a lot of it being excited to talk shop, too. The best part is working on a week-long project with people who are not your normal team members and presenting your project at the end of ...