This morning we left our friends house in New Brunswick and continued on with the next part of our vacation. While we were stopped in Bangor Maine I thought a next good stopping point would be Portland, or just outside Portland anyway.
I didn’t plan it in advance but on the drive started messaging people who regularly work out of the Automattic office there. Like the rest of my co-workers everyone I wrote was awesome, but no one was at the office. One of them was willing to let us in though so we could take a look around, but as it turns out just as we pulled in received a message from one of the other people who had just shown up. He gave us the tour and let us look around.
The kids played some foosball and ping pong, but I think their favourite part was looking through the swag!
Right in the offer letter when you accept a position at Automattic you are presented with the creed right above where you sign to accept. I love this. It really describes how things are here. You can read more about the creed in Matt’s post Why Your Company Should Have a Creed. You can read the creed below.
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.
A little while ago a co-worker, Nick Hamze, commissioned a design for a t-shirt around the creed. He also did one on canvas. The things Nick creates or has created is awesome. I love his creativity. I printed one out and just put it in a frame and on the wall today. I might try shrinking it down a bit more to have it fit in the frame a bit better, but I love the look of it hanging in my office.
Edit: I did re-print it so it is smaller and fits in the frame better. I replaced the old picture with a new one.
My newest piece of WordPress swag arrived in the mail the other day, and I love it.
I think this is my favourite one yet because I can wear it everyday. When I go out I almost always wear a hat. I have a couple I alternate but I haven’t worn any other one besides this since it got here.
If you want one there are still some left at http://freedomzero.org/. Thanks Nick! It made it here crazy fast after I ordered and he threw in a Wapuu keychain.
Ordered this a few weeks ago and it just arrived today.
It is just in time as I have a feeling over the next few weeks this will be even more true than usual. Lots of late nights and long days. So much to learn and do!