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All Remote

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GitLab is an all-remote company with team members located in more than 55 countries around the world.

On this page and subpages, we'll share what "all remote" really means, how it works at GitLab, some tips and tricks for remote teams, and resources to learn more.

The Remote Manifesto

All-remote work promotes:

Why remote?

"Remote is not a challenge to overcome. It's a clear business advantage." -Victor, Product Manager, GitLab

From the cost savings on office space to more flexibility in employees' daily lives, all-remote work offers a number of advantages to organizations and their people. But we also recognize that being part of an all-remote company isn't for everyone. Here's a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

For employees

From family time to travel plans, there are many examples and stories of how remote work has impacted the lives of GitLab team members around the world.

“The flexibility makes family life exponentially easier, which reduces stress and makes you more productive and motivated. You can’t put a dollar value on it – it’s priceless.” - Haydn, Regional Sales Director, GitLab

For your organization

For the world

Disadvantages

Despite all of its advantages, all-remote work isn't for everyone. It can have disadvantages for potential employees depending on their lifestyle and work preferences, as well as the organization.

For employees

For your organization

Why is this possible now?

All-remote work wouldn't be possible without the constant evolution of technology, and the tools that enable this type of work are continuously being developed and improved.

We aren't just seeing these impacts for all-remote companies. In fact, in some organizations with large campuses, employees will routinely do video calls instead of spending 10 minutes to go to a different building.

Here are some of the key factors that make all-remote work possible:

What "all remote" does not mean

Let's address some of the common misconceptions about all-remote work.

First things first: An all-remote company means there is no office or headquarters where multiple people are based. The only way to not have people in a satellite office is not to have a main office.

The terms "remote" and "distributed" are often used interchangeably, but they're not quite the same. We prefer the term "remote" because "distributed" suggests multiple physical offices. "Remote" is also the most common term to refer to the absence of a physical workspace, and being able to do your job from anywhere.

For employees, being part of an all-remote company does not mean working independently or being isolated, because it's not a substitute for human interaction. Technology allows us to stay closely in touch with our teams, whether asychronously in text or in real time with high-fidelity conversations through video. Teams should collaborate closely, communicate often, and feel like valuable members of a larger team.

Working remotely also doesn't mean you're physically constrained to home. You're free to work wherever you want. That could be at home with family, a coffee shop, a coworking space, or your local library while your little one is enjoying storytime. It could mean that you're location independent, traveling around and working in a new place each week. You can have frequent video chats or virtual pairing sessions with co-workers throughout the day, and you can even meet up with other coworkers to work together in person if you're located near each other.

At the organizational level, "all-remote" does not mean simply offshoring work. Instead, it means you're able to hire the best talent from all around the world. It's also not a management paradigm. You still have a hierarchical organization, but with a focus on output instead of input.

All in all, remote is fundamentally about freedom and individual choice. At GitLab, we value your results, not where you get your work done.

Our long-term vision for remote work

There are a few important outcomes we expect to see as remote work becomes even more prevalent around the world:

  1. The majority of new startups intentionally forming as all-remote companies.
  2. Cities in developing countries, particularly in Africa, enabled by all-remote jobs at companies founded by local leaders.
  3. Most startups in the Bay Area with a significant portion of their workforce working remotely.
  4. Increased wages for remote work outside of metro areas.

How we built our all-remote team

As GitLab has grown, we've learned a lot about what it takes to build and manage a fully remote team, and want to share this knowledge to help others be successful.

Find out how GitLab makes it work.

Tips for working remotely

Building a remote team or starting your first all-remote job? Check out our tips for working remotely.

Resources

Browse our resources page to learn more about GitLab's approach, read about remote work in the news, and see what other companies are leading the way.

We've also compiled a list of companies that have been inspired by GitLab's culture.

Stories

Read the stories of some of our team members and hear how remote work has impacted their lives.

Contribute to this page

At GitLab, we recognize that the whole idea of all-remote organizations is still quite new, and can only be successful with active participation from the whole community. Here's how you can participate: