One year at Automattic

I cannot believe I have been here for one year already, time flies! While technically I started at Automattic only by April 2, 2018, I started on the Happiness Engineer trial process by Feb 21, 2018. That makes it one year at Automattic.

I am happy about what I have learned so far, achieved and I am thankful for the opportunity to be here.

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

It started with a team meetup (yes, my second week of being a full-time Happiness Engineer was at my team meetup in Singapore) and has come a long way to having the comfort of working from anywhere — I have worked from home, visited relatives in various cities, friends, and traveled with colleagues to Vietnam for a localmatticians meetup.

One of the key reasons to why I am very happy with my job goes to the first line of the Automattic creed — I will never stop learning.

Being a Happiness Engineer has been rewarding with a lot lessons to learn every day. You get to chat to the millions of users, see what their problems are, see how you can address it and work with the product teams to prioritise them.

Outside of core work as well, there is a lot of time to invest in learning new skills, which the team, lead and the company is very supportive of.

Another reason why I am very comfortable at what I do goes back to the creed again — I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. In the span of one year, I have sent over 35,000 Slack messages and have done numerous internal blog posts!

What’s next for me? I have been learning to code and I hope I will be building my own Gutenberg block or WordPress plugin. πŸ™‚

7 responses to “One year at Automattic”

  1. Congrats Arun.

    I am so glad to be able to interact with you most days.

    Here’s to many more years of great career at Automattic.


    1. I would say the same about you. β™₯️ You are an amazing colleague and friend, thank you for being there!


  2. That’s Amazing!
    35,000 slack messages, just curious to know how do we check the messages count?


    1. Thanks! from:username on Slack’s search box, and you should see the count at the top.


  3. Congrats! What a year too.

    I meant to blog about my first anniversary and completely forgot. Is there a grace period? 😜


    1. Thank you! You won’t believe when I published this post — at 11.59pm! I had been meaning to publish since morning, but kept pushing it. πŸ˜…

      Would love to read your post!


      1. I’ll hopefully have some time for it this weekend. πŸ™


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