Automattic builds related content, recommendations, and search for websitese-commerce sites, blogs, and the WordPress.com Reader. We connect millions of publishers with billions of readers every month and look for ways to help new publishers build an audience. We have only just started to scratch the surface of providing engaging, relevant search results for the Open Web.

Our system runs on open source: Elasticsearch, MySQL, Spark, Kafka, HDFS (and tied together by WordPress of course).

Sound fun? It is.

Here are some things we’re looking for:

  • Desire to build and refine great search experiences that tie together the pieces from across our software stack.
  • Experience with Open Source search systems: Elasticsearch, Solr, Lucene.
  • Great programming skills in both dynamic and compiled languages (especially PHP and Java/Scala).
  • Knowledge of scaling search systems: high volume indexing and querying.
  • Understanding how to combine and build signals from many sources to craft and evaluate novel search algorithms.
  • Ability to take a project from idea to implementation, putting the minimal system needed into production, but with an eye on where we need to be in 5 years.
  • A deep understanding of distributed computing and system performance.
  • Troubleshooting skills.

We’re serious about growing diversity in the tech industry. We want to build Automattic as an environment where people love their work and show respect and empathy to those with whom we interact. Diversity typically includes, but is not limited to, differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political and religious affiliation, socioeconomic background, cultural background, geographic location, disabilities and abilities, relationship status, veteran status, and age. To work on diversity means that we welcome these differences, and strive to increase the visibility of traditionally underrepresented groups. Read more about our dedication to diversity and inclusion.


Does this sound interesting? If yes, please send a short email to jobs @ this domaintelling us about yourself and attach a résumé. Let us know what you can contribute to the team. Include the title of the position you’re applying for and your name in the subject.

Proofread! Make sure you spell and capitalize WordPress and Automattic correctly. We are lucky to receive hundreds of applications for every position, so try to make your application stand out. If you apply for multiple positions or send multiple emails there will be one reply.

If you’re reading this on a site other than automattic.com please ensure you visit automattic.com/work-with-us for the latest details on applying.

Please answer the following questions in your cover letter. Applications without these questions answered will not be considered:

  1. Tell us some details about an interesting search problem you’ve worked on. What made it interesting?
  2. How would you improve one of our search features (e.g., Jetpack Search or the WordPress.com Reader) or a competitor’s search product?
  3. What questions do you have for us?

About Automattic

We are the people behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, Cloudup, and more. We believe in making the web a better place.

We’re a distributed company with 795 Automatticians in 69 countries speaking 84 different languages. Our common goal is to democratize publishing so that anyone with a story can tell it, regardless of income, gender, politics, language, or where they live in the world.

We believe in Open Source and the vast majority of our work is available under the GPL.

We strive to live by the Automattic Creed.

Come work with us.