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All-Remote Pick Your Brain

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On this page, we're detailing how the public can request a Pick Your Brain interview focused on all-remote.

Why we offer public interviews on all-remote

GitLab believes that everyone can contribute. We also believe that all-remote organizations can fundamentally change the world by offering a different way to work. From reversing rural depopulation to providing opportunity to a more diverse set of people, we want all-remote to become less the exception, and more the norm.

There is no formal guidebook on building an all-remote company, and what works for a new startup may not map precisely to a larger organization.

While we are proponents of all-remote, we recognize that there are drawbacks as well as individuals who are skeptical about its feasability. We embrace detractors and those who are inquisitive about making all-remote work. We're interested in hearing about challenges faced by others implementing remote work, so we can ideally find and document solutions.

Scheduling a Pick Your Brain interview on all-remote

Requests for interviews concerning advice on all-remote may be initiated by messaging GitLab's all-remote culture curator on Twitter. In the request, please include a brief overview of topics you hope to discuss, along with key questions you're prepared to ask.

These 20 to 30 minute interviews will be recorded though Zoom and shared on the GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel.

We invite guests to surface challenges and examples as points of discussion. Post-interview, and where applicable, we will iterate on relevant handbook pages to document questions and solutions.

GitLab is a very transparent company and many things that are normally confidential can be found in our handbook, available online. Please consider looking at the following pages prior to the meeting.

  1. GitLab's All-Remote Culture
    1. Advantages
    2. Disadvantages
    3. People
    4. Jobs
    5. Management
    6. Hiring
    7. Compensation
    8. Learning and Development
    9. Informal Communication
    10. Meetings
    11. Stories
    12. Part-remote
  2. History
  3. About

Before an interview is scheduled, guests will be asked to send over an agenda with proposed questions and topics.

Return to the main all-remote page.