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They are the company behind, Jetpack, WooCommerce, and Tumblr, and they are looking for a Search Wrangler to join them in developing new search APIs, integrating with their front-end applications, iterating on their existing solutions and algorithms, and to keep everything running.

How do they work?

  • They’re kind to each other and their users – they strive to build a positive, supportive, and inclusive culture of cohesive teams focused on delivering value to their customers.
  • They work as a global and distributed workforce resulting in a unique way of working built around their creed.
  • They offer flexible work arrangements allowing their team members to work when they feel best.
  • They open-source! They’re cool with open-sourcing everything except passwords, or secret keys.
  • They ship often, deploying many times daily with the help of peer code review, continuous integration, and their global workforce in over 70 countries.
  • They welcome collaboration, and you can be involved in any discussion across their many communication channels.

Here are some things they’re looking for:

  • Desire to build, refine and operate fast and relevant search experiences. Great troubleshooting skills to debug failures if they occur, and a systematic approach to building reliable solutions.
  • Experience with Open Source search systems like Elasticsearch, Solr, or Lucene. You enjoy combining different signals to craft novel search algorithms.
  • Great programming skills in both dynamic and compiled languages, especially PHP and Java/Scala.
  • A deep understanding of distributed computing and system performance. You will work on scaling search systems and should be familiar with high-volume indexing and querying.
  • Proficiency with professional software engineering methods and standards such as coding conventions, code reviews, continuous integration, build processes, and testing.
  • A desire to build a safe and inspiring search experience for their users and a passion to help everyone express their true selves, regardless of their income, gender, race, politics, language, or where they live in the world.
  • Openness and ability to travel 3-4 weeks per year to meet your teammates in person. They hold an annual all-company meeting every year, and meet up with their teams for a week once or twice per year.*

Curious about who they are and what they work on? Read their blog!

Like all positions at Automattic, you’ll work remotely, and can be based wherever you live. It’s not a requirement that you live in or relocate to the Bay Area to do this job. Automattic has more than a dozen full-time global nomads!

*REGARDING COVID-19 AND TRAVEL: The current pandemic is a rapidly changing situation. Automattic is monitoring government and health agency reports closely and responding however possible to prioritize safety and well-being for their team members and communities. Currently, all company travel has been suspended.


They’re improving diversity in the tech industry. At Automattic, they want people to love their work and show respect and empathy to all. They welcome differences and strive to increase participation from traditionally underrepresented groups. Their DEI committee involves Automatticians across the company and drives grassroots change. For example, this group has helped facilitate private online spaces for affiliated Automatticians to gather and helps run a monthly DEI People Lab series for further learning. DEI is a priority at Automattic, though their dedication influences far more than just Automatticians: They make their products freely available and translate their products into and offer customer support in numerous languages. They require unconscious bias training for their hiring teams and ensure their products are accessible across different bandwidths and devices. Learn more about their dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion and their Employee Resource Groups.


Does this sound interesting? If yes, click the Apply button below and fill out their application form. In your cover letter, let them know what you can contribute to the team. Proofread! Make sure you spell and capitalize WordPress and Automattic correctly. They are lucky to receive many applications for this position, so try to make your application stand out.


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