I’m starting a new job tomorrow as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic

I’ve accepted a new job offer.

Starting tomorrow I will be a Happiness Engineer at Automattic 🙂

Isn’t that the best job title in the world?

Every day I’ll be working at making the web a better place. The job is a unique mix of tech support, bug reporting, feature testing, training, and documentation for Automattic’s products and services, including WordPress.com. Every day there is something new and challenging to learn and work on.

How do I know? Because I’ve been quietly doing a trial with the company for the last 6 weeks so we could feel each other out, and see if I was a good fit.

I have to say, this is the first job I’ve had in years that finally feels like it clicks.

The company is a distributed company, so everyone works from anywhere they want, anywhere in the world. All the employees are smart, passionate, and have a love of learning. In fact, there is an Automattic creed that requires such traits that is included in our contracts:

I will never stop learning. I won’t just work on things that are assigned to me. I know there’s no such thing as a status quo. I will build our business sustainably through passionate and loyal customers. I will never pass up an opportunity to help out a colleague, and I’ll remember the days before I knew everything. I am more motivated by impact than money, and I know that Open Source is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. I will communicate as much as possible, because it’s the oxygen of a distributed company. I am in a marathon, not a sprint, and no matter how far away the goal is, the only way to get there is by putting one foot in front of another every day. Given time, there is no problem that’s insurmountable.

Along with the biggest perk of having a satisfying career, I’ll be doing some new things, like travelling! Once a year the company gets together somewhere in the world for a week, and there are smaller meet-ups throughout the year for individuals teams and projects. I’ve never left the continent before, so I’m really excited 🙂 


Lisa (Verkley) Schuyler is a blogger reporting live from her new home in Canada's Yukon Territory. Often found wearing a hoodie, covered in pet hair, Lisa is a mis-placed forester who now spends her days engineering happiness for WordPress users. Lisa loves nature, animals, and most importantly, her handsome husband Jeff.

5 Replies to “I’m starting a new job tomorrow as a Happiness Engineer at Automattic

  1. Holy cats ! That is very exciting. Congratulations. Love the company creed.

    One day I’m gonna screw up the courage to switch from Blogger to WordPress.

  2. Sounds like you’re a perfect fit for Automattic! Welcome to the crew, Lisa. 🙂 I’m quite certain you will love it as much as I do.

  3. Congrats, Lisa! I applied to Automattic for the same role recently and am waiting to hear back from them! I love the company creed!

    Can you tell me a little bit about the process involved in hiring at Automattic? How long did it take them to get back to you after applying? I’m so excited about this opportunity, I can’t wait 😀

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