To keep it simple, Automattic pays a standard $25 an hour, whether the candidate was hoping to be an engineer or the chief financial officer.
It works, as both sides are able to size each other up.
Candidates applying to work in customer support will be talking directly to customers.
Engineers will be writing real code. Designers design.
This gives a clearer picture for candidates, many of whom drop out early in the process voluntarily, saving each side a lot of time.