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  1. Marjorie Ray

    Thank you for publishing this super-honest post. Very helpful and a step towards removing the shame people feel when struggling with similar issues.

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  2. Caspar Hübinger

    Thank you, Tom. I said it on Slack, now I’m saying it here: reading a post like this one is tremendously encouraging.

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  3. Thorsten Frommen

    Wow. To be honest, when I started reading this post, I expected something else. But having finished it now (I even read it twice), I realize this was way better than what I expected. Thank you very much for sharing this, Tom.

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  4. Ahmad Awais

    Thanks, Tom!

    A good read indeed. I am happy to be part of the community where companies treat employee as if they were the family members. It’s encouraging and that’s why I think WordPress has the best community and companies in tech sphere.

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  5. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing this, Tom. You’re definitely not alone.

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  6. Jenny Beaumont

    Tom! This is extraordinary and courageous and I can’t thank you enough for sharing. You are such a beautiful human being, and I feel like a better person for knowing you. <3
    -jennyb

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  7. Ryan Hellyer

    This was an excellent blog post. Thanks for sharing it Tom.

    I saw the post title around the time this was posted, and just ignored it as I figured it was going to be another bunch of drivvle from someone saying how wonderful their work location is. I was wrong.

    I’ve had similar experiences previously. My negative experiences at the beginning of one job, even encouraged me to leave later on; it wasn’t the only reason, and in fact wasn’t the biggest one, but it sure did add to the motivation to jump ship.

    I suspect there are a large number of people out there in the IT world who are experiencing a similar situation. Not many people are courageous enough to put their feelings out there like this.

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  8. Álvaro

    Tom, thank you for your openness, for sharing. You can be sure that what you say and the way you say it is a lot more meaningful and encouraging for others than a 3rd person description. I’m glad I met you in Sofia (I’ve missed you in Seville though). I really enjoyed your talk in Bulgaria and having the chance to discuss it with you later, even if I’m not a developer. Hope to cross paths again one of this days.

    On a side note, I like to think that WordPress, and especially the ease of communicating and reaching within its community, also contributes to companies being more mature, opened, aware of the needs and happiness of its employees, functional rather than being strictly hierarchical.

    Thank you Tom.

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  9. Amanda

    Wow, not what I expected – so much better! I appreciate your unexpected (by me!) honesty and candor. I have days where it takes great courage to get out of bed and even greater courage to leave the house. So glad you work for a company that helps it’s team be the best they can be, as they can be it. What a great company!

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  10. Lisa

    I’m so glad to hear that you were able to find the support you need at your work. That has not always been my experience at other work places. Also, thank you for sharing this experience publicly, even though it is a very private experience. It is hard, but we need to speak about these things and how to help others.

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  11. Ian P

    Honesty and openness like this is always refreshing to hear.

    Nice one Tom.

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  12. Bruno

    Congratulations on the beautiful and courageous testimony .
    We live in a world where most people pretending to be happier than it actually is . It’s great to see this dose of honesty.

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  13. Quasel

    Impressed – by your honesty. Thanks for sharing that’s ok to be not ok sometimes because that’s how life is.

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  14. Dirceu Pereira Tiegs

    Thank you, Tom! You are definitely not alone in feeling like this. It’s great to see someone being so honest about such a hard topic.

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  15. Graham Armfield

    A superbly honest post Tom – I salute you. I’m glad your experience at Automattic has had a positive outcome.

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