A Culture of Community

Community – a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

We all have a longing to a be a part of something that will surround us with individuals who either think like we do or with individuals who share a common interest. This longing for community – whether it be religion, work, or leisure – is at the very nature of who we are as human beings. We strive and work to fit in.

At the very core of WordPress is the community. The community has long been one of the advantages and selling points of the WordPress publishing platform. The WordPress community is known for being helpful, insightful, and knowledgable. The mediums to which the community uses are broad, from forums to WordCamps to core contributors of the platform itself. I think back to some of the first interactions I had with the WordPress community. I would find myself stuck and not able to find a solution. My first line of defense for help would be the WordPress.org support forums. In most cases, a simple search would yield an answer or a direction to find the answer. If an answer was not available, I would normally post a question. In most cases, an answer would be given or more insight for direction.

So, why am I talking about the WordPress community? The WordPress community is broad and vast. The skill level of the members of this community range from beginner to elite. From my experience, all members of the community are willing to offer insight and wisdom – from the beginner to the absolute elite! That willingness to help is what sets the WordPress community apart from most others.

My wife and I have been preparing for a transition not only where we would be living, but where we would be working. The process of looking for a job started back in October of 2013. This is when we knew we would be moving to Wilmington, NC. Although our move date was six months away, I wanted to start looking for a place to to work. One of my desires was to work with a team that was going to foster my need for learning and growth, while also being leaders in the WordPress community.

Fast forward to the first of April 2014. I had experienced great interviews and had been extended offers for jobs, but one offer stood out above the rest. That offer was from 10up. Those in the WordPress community are very aware of 10up. #Team10up is not only the leading WordPress development agency, but the team is made up of (at last count) over 20 WordPress core contributors, plugin developers, WordCamp speakers and organizers, and WordPress Meetup speakers and organizers. Besides working with such companies as ESPN, Google, TechCrunch, and more, the way that the team gives back to the community – as a group and as individuals – was what helped make this decision so easy.

As I have finished my first full week at 10up, I have found that the culture of the company mirrors that of the WordPress community. This was very apparent in the on-boarding process. On day one, as I was going through this on-boarding process, I read through tips, documentation, thoughts, and processes that were written by different members of the team. Tools were recommended, some of which were developed by the 10up team, that you could use to make your time more efficient.

After the completion of the on-boarding process, I started on my first project. The collaborative approach of the projects, from the senior web strategists to the designers, is a breath of fresh air. I’ve always found that working on projects with several people makes the project that much more exciting. If I have a question, my teammates are willing to provide some guidance. If they discover a tool that looks promising, and could help the team, they share it. The overall spirits of the team is fun, welcoming, and exciting!

This is the work culture. While the culture of some companies is defined by snacks in the break room, pool tables and video games, and beer Fridays; the culture of 10up is defined by its desire to give back and be leaders in the WordPress community. As stated before, the willingness to share knowledge is what sets the WordPress community apart from others and now I see that this is the same for 10up.