The WordPress.com VIP Team is looking to hire a few VIP wranglers to help support their growing business. If you’re interested in working for Automattic and specifically the VIP team for .com, then this is definitely worth taking a look at.
VIP Wranglers are the people that make stuff happen for WordPress VIP. This means building the products and supporting them for their customers. They also go race car driving at some of their team powwows, which is one incentive I would definitely take advantage of!
As I’m sure you know, Automattic is a completely distributed team. This means that people can work from wherever in the world they live. You may live in Denver while your teammates may live in NYC, San Francisco and London respectively.
This allows Automattic to gainfully employ the best of the best while not having to ask them to move, which I can only imagine gives them greater reach and hiring potential. As someone who has worked remotely for WP Daily over the last three months I do have some first hand experience with what working remotely is like.
If you’re going to go for the remote VIP Wrangler position with WordPress.com here are some things that you might want consider:
I live in Metro-KC and the WP Daily headquarters are in Atlanta. While this isn’t terribly far, there is a time-zone change that separates us, which can cause the occasional issue, especially for time sensitive material.
I am not a morning person and tend to get most of my work done at night, meaning I have to stay a day ahead of what we’re working on. So clear communication of goals and deadlines are key for anyone working remotely.
Working remotely offers you the double-edged sword of working from home, or the local coffee shop. But with that freedom comes the responsibility of being your own disciplinarian. Not everyone is cut out for this, some of us need to have the structure that working remotely doesn’t inherently provide.
Working remotely can’t offer the type of relationship with others that working in the same physical place can. Sure you can Google+ Hangout but that doesn’t replace being together with your coworkers. Going to the WP Daily offices in March for Wordcamp Atlanta was great because I got to spend a TON of time with my team, something I had yet to be able to do.
What have your experiences with working remotely been? Is it something you’ve ever considered?