All Employees of WordPress Office in San Francisco Started Working Remotely
Automattic Company, the developer of WordPress, will no longer spend money on maintaining the office in San Francisco.
The fact is that most staffers prefer to work at home, in a cafe or anywhere, except the office itself. Therefore, the general director of the company Matt Mulenweg decided on this optimization of costs.
The representative of the company Mark Armstrong told the publication that it was not a surprise for the company. On the contrary, this was to be expected, since all the necessary conditions for working in the home office mode had already been created: the startup provides employees with "generous payment" for working at home, all meetings are conducted online, and work matters are discussed in the chat rooms.
At the same time, the company provides employees with $250 per month in case they want to work in co-working. There are also separate payments to those who wish to equip the office at home.
Automattic is ready to pay staff even air tickets if there is a need for face-to-face meetings. Moreover, the company also conducts all stages of the interview online.
In 2011, San Francisco bought an office space of 1157 square meters. However, gradually everything came to the fact that there were no more than five employees daily there.
In addition, the company moved annual conferences from San Francisco to Philadelphia and Nashville. This, again, was cheaper. Thus, in recent years the office has not been used even for official events.
Automattic has other offices, including in the US state of Maine and Cape Town in South Africa. At the moment, the company employs more than 550 employees, and only 30 people live in the Silicon Valley. The rest of the staff lives and works in 50 countries.
However, the company not only reduces costs but also seeks new sources of income. So, on May 16 the company entered the market of TV advertising.
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WordPress is one of the most popular CMS in the world, running about 28% of the world's 10 million most visited sites.