Ok, so the “dream job” thing is actually a projection of my own opinion of Hitter’s good fortune. You’ll see what I mean.
A Boston-based web developer, Hitter was previously employed by Oomph, a web development agency in Providence, Rhode Island where he worked on the WordPress.com VIP Platform. He is also the author of eight popular WordPress plugins including Taxonomy Dropdown Widget (formerly known as Tag Dropdown Widget) and Taxonomy LIst Widget, both of which create a dropdown list of non-hierarchical taxonomies as an alternative to the term (tag) cloud and WP Print Friendly which extends WordPress’ template system to support printer-friendly templates.
Hitter described the vetting process for Automattic on his personal blog:
“For those in the know, Automattic puts potential hires through a trial phase to ensure that the position and distributed nature of the work is best for all parties. My trial experience was a great one, so I’m thrilled to start full time and continue what I’ve been working on so far.”
Hitter joins a small field of only three other Design Engineers at Automattic: Christopher Finke, Dave Whitely, and Matt Wiebe. No doubt he’s already found his niche within the company that favors quality over quantity when it comes to staff size.
Automattic first got started around August of 2005, and has since grown to include just over 100 employees (as a way of comparison, Google has over 26,000). Founded in San Francisco, Automattic doesn’t have a corporate office- it has the Automattic Lounge, a breezy, light-infused office space resembling a coffee house. A handful of employees work from here, but the majority work remotely from all over the world (24 countries and 26 US states) and meet up frequently in cool cities to work on projects.
Check out these other benefits Automattic offers its employees:
- Open vacation policy (no set number of days per year). We encourage our employees to take the time they need to take vacation, develop interests, and spend time with friends and family.
- Health, dental, & vision insurance for US employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children.
- 401(k) plan for US employees.
- We cover all costs of company travel.
- We happily provide or reimburse hardware and software you’ll need, as well as books or conferences that promote continued learning.
I’m sure Oomph was a cool company to work for too, but working at Automattic sounds like a dream. With such a small profile and key benefits, the competition for jobs is fierce. Congratulations to Hitter for passing the test, and we wish him the best in his new role!