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Celebrating Five Years at Automattic

Today, I celebrate my fifth anniversary at Automattic!

On Monday, May 18, 2015, I began my first day as a full-time Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Five years have passed since then. How have these five years been? What have I learned? What has my experience been like? Here’s a post to look back on my five years as an Automatticians as shortly as possible.

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Automatticians receive a custom-branded MacBook at their four-year anniversary. I received mine late last year. Yes, the W logo glows!
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How to avoid burning out when working from home

I’m an advocate for remote work. For the better part of my life, I have worked from home as a freelance technical writer. Granted, it was never fully remote like the last five years since joining Automattic, where everyone works from wherever they like, but I’ve always hated regularly going to an office. And I’ve been preaching that “every company that can let employees work from home should allow employees to work from home” ever since.

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How I became a Happiness Engineer at Automattic

In 2015, I joined Automattic — the makers of WordPress.com and Jetpack — as a Happiness Engineer. It was not just a dream-come-true moment, it was also one of the greatest things ever happened to me.

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However, it wasn’t all luck. A bit of preparation before applying, a lot of patience, and great amounts of hard work during the trial led to my trial lead’s recommendation that I join Automattic as a Happiness Engineer. I do think a bit of luck played its role, but it was also hard work and patience.

Since then, I have received countless requests to write my experience during the trial period. I have also received requests to write what a day in the life of a Happiness Engineer looks like. Unfortunately, I have been procrastinating a lot and have not been able to write them yet. Now though, as part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to finally sit down and write everything you need to know about how I became a Happiness Engineer at WordPress.com/Automattic.

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