HEAR OUR STORIES

GitLab is an all-remote organization, which means that we have the freedom to work from anywhere and manage our own schedules and way of working. This freedom to work in our own ways has changed many of our lives - read here to find out more.

Douwe Maan

Douwe Maan

Mexico City, Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

Engineering Lead, Meltano

When I joined GitLab in 2015 while in university, remote work allowed me to get the most out of the few hours I had each day in between lectures, homework, and exams.
In 2016, GitLab enabled me to go around the world in 6 releases, visiting and working with colleagues in 20 cities in 14 countries.
On this trip, I fell in love with a girl in Mexico, who I met again at 2017's GitLab Summit in Cancรบn and ended up staying with in Mexico City until my visa expired 6 months later.
On the eve of the 2018 GitLab Summit in Cape Town, I asked her to marry me while wearing my GitLab hoodie, after which we celebrated with a GitLab-provided bottle of champagne.

Douwe caught the programming virus at the age of 9, got his first freelance job 2 years later, and spent the years that followed gaining experience with a wide range of technologies—both by himself and at two startups. Around 2011, he found Ruby and fell in love with the language and the open-source community surrounding it, which made him a perfect fit for GitLab. In 2019, having had a hand in 55 GitLab releases and a front row seat to the 100X growth of the company and engineering organization, he joined the Meltano project to use that experience to strengthen and grow its engineering team and open source community.

Brittany Rohde

Brittany Rohde

Washington DC, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Compensation & Benefits Manager

Remote work has enabled Brittany to have a continuous career since her husband's job moves her all over the United States at a moment's notice. In her tenure at GitLab, she has worked from three different homes across three different states. Additionally, being able to work at any time of the day that works for her allows for more time with her daughter, husband, and puppies. The thought of commuting or going back to an office seems dreadful to Brittany who loves the additional time she gets back due to the remote only culture of GitLab.

Coming from a mathematics background, Brittany combined her love for human interaction with her thirst for knowledge and began working in human resources. She enjoys learning as much as possible about employee relations, compensation, and benefits. Originally from Northern California as a giant Giants fan, she stays active in the great outdoors with her husband, daughter, and their playful pups, Golden Retriever, Cowboy Jake, and St. Bernard, Lucy Lulu.

Pedro Moreira da Silva

Pedro Moreira da Silva

Lisbon, Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Senior Product Designer, Create:Source Code

The best part of working remotely at GitLab is how much better I appreciate and invest in quality time with family and friends. Because I'm more productive, I also have more time to organize my life and not feel stressed out. Oh, and the commute? It's nonexistent, so I'm not only helping myself but also the planet.

Pedro is committed to keeping people happy while using GitLab. He's passionate about transparency, remote work, and open design. Outside of work, it's all about traveling, soccer, movies, and music.

Elsje Smart

Elsje Smart

Marazion, United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Senior Manager, EMEA Sales Development

Even though I worked remotely for many years as a telemarketing consultant for my customers, I was always the "remote person" with others working from their office. I never truly felt part of the team. I also worked in a permanent role for a US-based company for four years with the EMEA team all working from home, but we were often out of the loop. At GitLab we are all on the same level; because we are all remote there is no ability to leave people out of the loop as eveything is written down which is a necessity in our async-working world, and it works seamlessly. GitLab is the best move I ever made.

Elsje has worked in IT sales and marketing for most of her career and was freelance consultant for many years providing inside sales support to software companies. Elsje lives in Marazion, west Cornwall in the UK with her husband, two girls, two dogs, and cat (when she bothers to be home), with a view of the sea and St Michael's Mount from her office window.

Jarka Koลกanovรก

Jarka Koลกanovรก

Pilsen, Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Senior Backend Engineer, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify

When I decided I wanted to move from Switzerland back home to the Czech Republic I found out that going to an office every day is problematic. I still wanted to spend weeks, maybe even months, in Switzerland and I definitely didn't want to take a vacation for that. At that time I found one of many benefits of remote work. It was back in 2016, since then I realized there is much more to this. And this is true especially at GitLab. Working for GitLab as a family-first company allows me to work while raising a small kid and still find time for plenty of my hobbies. I make use of the flexibility GitLab offers. I can travel and don't need to take a vacation for it, I can do sport or hike in beautiful mountains in the morning and work in the afternoon or late evenings. It also helps me to keep healthy relationships as I can meet friends for lunch or spend a day with my parents while working. Working remotely at GitLab simply supports me in leading a fulfilling life.
Jarka Koลกanovรก

Jarka Koลกanovรก

Senior Backend Engineer, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify
Reports to Backend Engineering Manager, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify
Lives in Pilsen, Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Although living in the city of beer where she was also born Jarka spent almost 4 years in Switzerland and still loves that country. She's had experience with different programming languages and started loving Ruby immediately after she tried it for the first time. In her free time she tries to do a lot of sports, loves hiking (especially in mountains), traveling around the world or reading books.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

California, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Executive Vice President of Engineering

Previous to GitLab I used to bike to my metro stop, and commute over an hour each way into San Francisco. It was normal for me to leave the house before my wife and kids were awake, and to return after they had eaten dinner 5 days a week. Now I spend no time on trains, and tons more time with family, while adding more value at my job. I also like that every 9 months GitLab gives me an excuse to travel to an exotic location in the world to one of our summits. I don't get to travel internationally for fun much anymore after having kids, and this is a great perk for me.

Prior to GitLab, Eric is the veteran of 4 enterprise technology startups. His previous industry experience is in marketing technology, localization software, online video streaming, and a commercial drone software & hardware. He specializes in building great teams and scaling rapidly. He believes in the servant leadership model and staying cool under pressure. When not at work he's either exercising or spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Here's a link to Eric's README.

William Chia

William Chia

Concord, CA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Native & GitOps

When I joined GitLab it took me only 1 month to onboard and reach the same level of produtivity that has previously taken me 6 months or longer at other companies I've worked for. When everything is documented and information is accessible, instead of locked away in a specific person's mind, it's so much easier to come up to speed. Working in tiny, iterative increments means I get started sooner, progress is more apparent, and I learn faster what works and what doesn't. Our values of transparency and iteration are a big part of what makes GitLab successful at doing remote-only. I've been here for 2 years now and I still feel like the culture makes me more productive. I'm working fewer hours than I have at any company and spending more time with my family, while at the same time, being more effective at my job.

William is a product-minded storyteller whoโ€™s been crafting both code and copy since the late 90โ€™s. At GitLab, William leads product marketing for GitLab's Cloud Native and GitOps use cases. Prior to joining GitLab, William's career focused on serving technical users and buyers at companies like Twilio and Digium, the sponsor of open source Asterisk. Outside of work, you can find William cooking, practicing Taekwondo, and playing video games with his wife and three children.

Brendan O'Leary

Brendan O'Leary

Annapolis, MD, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Senior Developer Evangelist

As my bio says, I have 4 young children at home. When I came back to GitLab after having my fourth I noted in our Thanks channel - 'Much easier transition coming back from paternity then Iโ€™ve ever had. Being at home & being able to step away to help is so much better than commuting into an office and not being able to help at all.'

Brendan has a passion for software development and iterating on processes just as quickly as we iterate on code. He is a zealous advocate for the user experience. Brendan can still remember what his first computer - a Tandy 2000 - felt like to use (and break...sorry Dad). Working with customers to deliver value is what drives Brendan's passion for DevOps and smooth CI/CD implementation. Brendan has worked with a wide range of customers - from the nation's top healthcare institutions to environmental services companies to the Department of Defense. The only thing more eclectic is probably his taste in music. Outside of work, you'll find Brendan with 1 to 4 kids hanging off of him at any given time or occasionally finding a moment alone to build something in his workshop.

Matej Latin

Matej Latin

Ljubljana, Slovenia ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ

Senior Product Designer, Growth:Expansion

I started my design career as a freelancer working remotely with companies worldwide but I had always wanted to work in a full-time, on-site design position. I assumed that collaboration would be better and communication with other team members easierโ€”two things that greatly impact a designerโ€™s ability to do meaningful work. After moving abroad and spending 6 years working on-site in Germany and London, I realised that my assumption was wrong. Just because people are co-located, it doesnโ€™t necessarily mean they work together better. In fact, the opposite is often the case. So I decided to go back to working remotely and joined GitLab. Unlike before, I now have more control over my day-to-day life, my working environment, and a better work-life balance. GitLab being all-remote means we all put extra effort into communicating well which leads to better collaboration. In my private life, I have more energy and time to spend with my wife, our cat, run my own business on the side, and practice my hobbies. I canโ€™t imagine anything better than that!

Matej has been designing websites, interfaces and experiences since he joined a Web Design after-school class at age 13. His passion for simple and usable design took him on a journey through Germany, Luxembourg, England, Scotland and all the way back to his native Slovenia. He's a bookworm, a minimalist and a typography geek.

Emilie Schario

Emilie Schario

Savannah, GA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Internal Strategy Consultant, Data

Emilie moved 6 times in her first 4 years after college due to her husband's job requiring frequent moves. Thanks to remote work, a move means 4 days off to pack, move, and get the internet installed instead of 6 months searching for a role.

The only things Emilie loves more than data are her dog, her family, and food. And making lists of three.

Cynthia 'Arty' Ng

Cynthia 'Arty' Ng

Duncan, BC, Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Support Engineer (Americas West)

GitLab has changed the way I think about remote work. While I have worked remote before, a lot of work was still done synchronously and in an office part time. At GitLab, work is much more flexible because so much is done asynchronously. Being a global company also means that I can also work in other locations, allowing me to visit friends and family in other locations. At the same time, it has allowed me to live outside a big city, and spend more time with local family and friends when not travelling.

Cynthia has experience in support, education, and technology with roles primarily focused on implementing technology for better user experience and services that aids people in using technology. She likes to solve problems and help people solve their problems. She is passionate various aspects of technology support, but especially about documentation, workflows, and accessibility. She also contributes to community technology events and initiatives including being a mentor at Canada Learning Code workshops.

Shane Rice

Shane Rice

Pensacola, FL, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Manager, Growth Marketing

I used to spend hours commuting to an office, which meant rushing out of the door in the morning and getting home right before my kids went to bed. Since my office is at home, now I get to spend more time with my family instead of slogging through a daily commute. Being part of a remote team also means I'm able to make new friends from all over the world. I have friends on every continent, and I get to see many of them in person at GitLab Contribute.
Shane Rice

Shane Rice

Manager, Growth Marketing
Reports to Senior Director of Growth Marketing
Lives in Pensacola, FL, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Shane started to contribute growth to SaaS products as a marketer in 2010. He loves being told a good story and dreaming up elaborate plans to make his children bubble over with laughter.

Tina Sturgis

Tina Sturgis

Detroit Metro Area, MI, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Manager, Partner and Channel Marketing

I have been fortunate enough to work remotely for 20+ years in enterprise software. So zero commute time is not a 'nice to have' for me it is absolutely mandatory in my career. The big question is how GitLab's #remotework is different? My top three are: (1) ALL remote helps me to always feel included. There are no workstreams that happen at a watercooler at HQ, (2) we all work asynchronously with the help of GitLab.com and Google Suite - everyone can truly contribute anytime/anywhere across the company, and (3) GitLab's culture is both frightening and exciting all at the same time...the level of transparency and collaboration we have here sometimes makes you uncomfortable because that is not how you have worked in the past. This uncomfortable position is how we at GitLab achieve greatness..it is how we can iterate as fast as we do and keeps us open to new thoughts and ideas always!

Tina joins Gitlab with over 20+ years experience in sales, marketing and consulting across the entire DevOps lifecycle. She lives with her husband, 2 daughters and 200lbs English Mastiff in South Lyon, MI (just outside of Ann Arbor). She is a HUGE University of Michigan football fan -- GO BLUE!!! Outside of that you can see her master chauffeuring skills in action while she takes her kids to volleyball and swim. In her spare time she loves riding indoors on her Peloton.

Jason Yavorska

Jason Yavorska

Utrecht, The Netherlands ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Director of Product Management, CI/CD

I have family all over the world, and GitLab gives me the opportunity to travel far and wide to spend time with everyone. Also, with kids, I'm so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be home and support my wife and children in balance with my ambitious work goals. It's a dream come true.

Jason is an American citizen who has lived in the Netherlands since 2016, and is passionate about software delivery. Personal interests include MST3K, coding, travel, and chess.

Thong Kuah

Thong Kuah

Wellington, New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Staff Backend Engineer, Configure

Working with other GitLab team-members around the world asynchronously means that I can schedule my work around family time, which I truly appreciate. Having previously worked one day a week from home, I knew the benefits in terms of productivity and flexibility which is crucial to enable me to contribute to my family life with young children. Going fully remote with GitLab has meant that I am able to send and pick up my kids from school every weekday, thus relieving the stress of rushing home and not having enough hours of the day. I am then able to split my day and work later in the evenings which is also my usual productive times. Thanks !

Thong is a software developer, who loves to solve complex problems with neat code. Having broad experience with all aspects of web application development, he really appreciates open source software where he can find the exact line of code that is causing the issue. Based in Wellington, New Zealand, he enjoys the local coffee, reading fiction books, and watching Studio Ghibli movies. A cat person.

Shawn Winters

Shawn Winters

Santa Maria, CA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Sales Development Representative, Acceleration

All-remote has given me the freedom and flexibility to travel more than I ever have, reconnecting with loved ones and exploring new locales all over the United States. GitLab allows me to enjoy the days that Iโ€™m given. Instead of being confined to an office, I can take a breather and go for a walk on a beautiful day. Being empowered to structure my work around my life has led to a dramatic increase in time spent with family, and being able to pick my son up from daycare is simply invaluable.

Shawn's core value is honesty with himself and others. Shawn's family, friends and 4 year old son are most important to him and he works hard to maintain those relationships. Shawn loves being in sales because he gets the opportunity to meet a lot of new people from various backgrounds and expertise.

Kenny Johnston

Kenny Johnston

Kansas City, KS, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Sr. Director of Product Management, Ops

In previous remote roles I was always flying back to "home-base." At one point, I was traveling every three weeks. After working at GitLab for five months, I took my FIRST trip. Before departing, my son said to me -"Dad, it's OK that you are leaving for a couple of days, you've been here A LOT." That broke my heart.

Kenny started his career in political campaigns before returning to his educational background in computer engineering. He has experience with large open-source initiatives through his time working in the early days of OpenStack for HPE and Rackspace. Kenny recently managed the product management team for a portfolio of managed open-source technologies including OpenStack, Ceph and Kubernetes. In his spare time, Kenny enjoys building puzzles with his two young children, playing boardgames with his partner, kicking the soccer ball around and learning new cooking techniques. Here's a link to Kenny's README.

Andrew Fontaine

Andrew Fontaine

Toronto, ON, Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Frontend Engineer, Release:Progressive Delivery

Working from home allows me to use my own space, which means using the gear that I've already acquired for my own hobbies, such as a giant monitor. It's also allowed me to visit my family on the other side of Canada far more often that I would be able to. I've also had the ability to move to places I wouldn't normally be able to find work to give my SO the opportunity to fully explore her career.

Andrew fell into working on websites by joining and running hackathons in his undergrad, and can't seem to stop building. He also loves (making) cocktails, (baking) bread, and (playing) video games.

Chrissie Buchanan

Chrissie Buchanan

Atlanta, GA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Content Marketing Manager, Ops

Atlanta is an amazing city except for the traffic. The long commute was zapping my energy and, even though I liked my job, I was absolutely drained at the end of every day. Since joining GitLab I'm more productive, I'm spending more time with friends and family, and I wake up every morning excited to work.

Chrissie is a writer and marketer with a predilection for fact-checking and nitty-gritty details. Before joing GitLab, Chrissie was a content marketer in the fintech space. She has a corgi named Potato, a cat named Mouse, and a shelter dog named Millie.

Cassiana Gudgenov

Cassiana Gudgenov

Durham, NC, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

People Operations Specialist

At my previous employer, a small tech startup, we had the flexibility of working remotely one day per week. As an introvert, this was a great way for me to see how much more productive I could be in a comfortable, distraction-free location. I love GitLab's truly remote and asynchronous working philosophy. I've been extremely grateful to be able to work anywhere, be it in countries where I have family (Canada, Brazil, Bulgaria, New Zealand) or my cozy office with a cup of tea and a cat on my desk! I also always have social opportunities, including daily video meetings and chats, as well as meeting colleagues in person while traveling and at Contribute.

Cassiana lives in Durham, NC, and is responsible for supporting GitLab team members, be it through converting them from PEO to entity, helping them with relocating to other countries, or through gleaning action items from engagement survey data. Cassiana is passionate about working on the People Team because it perfectly aligns with her love of helping all team members feel heard, understood, and supported. Cassiana loves seeking out new vegetarian food adventures, listening to comedy podcasts, re-watching all the rom-coms, crying to pet rescue videos, and traveling the world. She also believes that laughing, especially with family & friends, is curative & healing.

Charlie Ablett

Charlie Ablett

Motueka, New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Senior Backend Engineer, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify

I live offgrid in a rural valley and have worked remotely as a contractor for over 15 years. Many companies allow remote situations but the heart and soul of the company is still in an office and remote folks miss out on "meatspace" conversations and social events. Even for an all-remote company, GitLab does it well - leveraging appropriate technologies and good process to ensure as much as possible is accessible to everyone, no matter their location or time zone. Personally, I'm grateful to be able to homeschool my children, tend to my 94 fruit trees, and pursue my hobbies... and still get heaps of work done in a richly connected social environment.
Charlie Ablett

Charlie Ablett

Senior Backend Engineer, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify
Reports to Backend Engineering Manager, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify
Lives in Motueka, New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Charlie's time is split between writing excellent software, spending time with family, growing things, and making things out of wood.

Darren Murph

Darren Murph

North Carolina, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Head of Remote

My wife and I experienced the beautiful and transformative journey of adoption because I worked for an employer that trusted me to excel from a place I needed to be to see it through. Iโ€™ve met countless GitLab team members who have never been happier, more fulfilled, or more engaged with their family and community, all because theyโ€™re empowered to work remotely.

Darren holds a Guinness World Record in publishing. He has over 12 years of experience recruiting and leading globally distributed teams in media, communications and marketing. He's an explorer at heart, having traversed nearly 50 countries and all 50 US states, becoming a Delta Million Miler along the way. He's passionate about enabling remote work for all and advocating for adoption.

Zac Badgley

Zac Badgley

Raleigh, NC, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Marketing Program Manager

The all-remote and asynchronous culture was a major factor in joining GitLab. I used to spend my mornings rushing to eat breakfast, walk my dog, and getting on the road to hopefully beat traffic, which was rarely a success. The culture has blown me away with how connected I feel, using web-cams on all meetings and having designated time to get to know colleagues without even bring work into the discussions. I have a healthier, life changing balance that allows me to schedule work and life in an equally fair manner.

Zac joins GitLab with a diverse background in digital marketing, with a focus in lead generation, lead nurture, and marketing automation. Zac enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, working out, and playing guitar.

Brandon Lyon

Brandon Lyon

Paso Robles, CA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Marketing Web Developer/Designer

Remote life is the ultimate expression of freedom. I can work wherever, whenever, and however I want. I can work from my perfect office or I can work from the beach. I can be where my friends and family are. I can study at the library. I can be quiet and contemplative in my garden or I can play loud & fast music. I pick my own tools. Everything in my work environment helps me be productive and happy.

Brandon started off with a degree in architecture, moved into graphic and industrial design, and then ended up as a self-taught frontend web developer who specializes in UX. In his spare time he plays around with the latest gadgets such as mobile, AR/VR, wearables, IoT, and voice interaction. When he isnโ€™t gardening or hiking heโ€™s probably disc-golfing or playing video games.

Nathan Black

Nathan Black

Americas East, Remote

Senior Support Engineer, Self-managed (Americas East)

There is a simplicity when a walk to the office is to a different room. I thought it might feel remote but our workflows are very collaborative (which is also one of our values).

Nathan has worked in a variety of Systems Engineering and Devops roles. He enjoys working outside, listening to music and attending live music concerts.

Wayne Haber

Wayne Haber

Atlanta, GA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Director of Engineering, Defend

GitLab's values make working remotely amazingly effective. Having previously worked remotely at a different company for a number of years, I have experienced both the good and the bad. What works quite well includes highly encouraging video during meetings, recording meetings and writing extensive notes for those who cannot attend live, a daily company meeting for announcements/kudos, a daily group social breakout meeting, distributing documents in advance of discussions so attendees can be prepared and informed, and most importantly asynchronous communication (written discussions in GitLab issues, discussions in docs, Slack, etc). are key. Plus, I love to brag to my friends in Atlanta about my 15-second commute from bedroom to office vs. their 60+ minute commute.

Prior to joining GitLab, Wayne was a Senior Director of Engineering at a security company for 15+ years. GitLab is Wayne's 3rd startup. Wayne's interests include security, agile software development best practices, coaching engineers and engineering leaders, video games and reading.

Nadia Sotnikova

Nadia Sotnikova

Warsaw, Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Product Designer, Monitor

My remote experience has started back in college when I landed an internship at an all-remote company. At the time I was already working on campus and taking 18 credits at a uni, so the only way for me to do an internship in my field was to find something very flexible. I gained valuable experience while working early in the morning, in-between classes, during my lunch breaks, and I gotta admin, somestimes even during lectures... I fell in love with remote work and have been working remotely ever since! In fact, I've never had a full-time job in a co-located environment. :) Throughout the years I lived in several countries including the US, Portugal, Hungary, Indonesia, Thailand, Poland, Spain, and traveled to many others, all thanks to remote work. A couple years ago I met my soulmate at a co-working space in Bali, which wouldn't be possible without the freedom of remote work. I can safely say that I can't imagine my life any other way.

Nadia creates simple, usable and beautiful software. Her background in business and arts as well as great empathy for the user helps her approach design problems from a unique perspective. In her free time Nadia travels, paints, reads books about space, and cooks paleo meals with her partner in crime. When offline, there's a high chance Nadia is surfing in Bali or skiing somewhere in Europe.

Jennifer Parker (Jen)

Jennifer Parker (Jen)

Atlanta, GA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Reference Program Manager

Jennifer has 2 school age boys, and remote work allows her to work full time, and to take care of everything her kids could possibly need, including getting them to Karate classes and seeing their school plays, making award ceremonies, getting to all doctors appointments, and of course keeping them home any time they're sick, while still managing a complete work schedule! Prior to GitLab Jennifer worked partially remotely, but spent half the week ~3 hours a day commuting across Atlanta, which allowed a lot of time to catch up on Audiobooks, but was terrible on gas costs and the environment, and took away from valuable time she could be spending with her children and partner. Remote work makes balancing life easier, as everything fits more smoothly and seamlessly together. It's the GitLab way!

Jennifer is a Reference Program Manager with a background of gaining insight into her customer's experience. She is ardent that her customers have a voice and that their needs be met by changing developing software to support their requirements. She loves anything extremely spicy, collects shoes, loves to read, and her kids think her hobbies include housework.

Saumya Upadhyaya

Saumya Upadhyaya

Bangalore, India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Sr Product Marketing Manager

Prior to GitLab, I spent over 1.5 hours (one way) on the road getting to work. That's 12.5% of my day on the road! With GitLab, I've earned back that time - giving me the ability to spend more time at work, pursuing my current interests & build new ones. And of course, more time with family!

Prior to GitLab, Saumya has played multiple roles across Product Management, Marketing & Consulting at VMware, Micro Focus & HP. In her spare time, Saumya loves working out (including Crossfit, Boxing & Yoga) & doodling - sometimes a combination of the two.

Wil Spillane

Wil Spillane

Wilmington, DE, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Manager, Social Marketing

I've worked remotely, in some capacity, for over a decade. I was working from coffee shops around the country before I knew it was a lifestyle choice. Having been a part of a traveling television show, I was always connecting to the arena WiFi to get work done. These experiences shaped the way I want to work and live. I've learned how truly liberating remote work is for me, and how it can help us all create some of the best work of our careers together. But it's not just about doing great work, it's also about not doing work at all. The ability to visit friends and family, spend time with my partner and our cats, and eliminate some of the sacrifices we all make to have a successful career drove me to this place in my life and ultimately helped me land at GitLab.

Wil builds the systems and practices around social media strategies at GitLab. When he's not building, Wil is a full time cat daddy and climate activist.

Eldridge Henley

Eldridge Henley

Fayetteville, AR, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Support Engineer, Self-managed (Americas East)

Having my own personal environment to work in, and being able to make this space my own, really motivates me to do well. The freedom I have to make choices on how I approach things and at the same time, being empowered to communicate with others and adapt their approaches is insanely thought provoking. Even though everyone is remote, it's just like being in an office with everyone. It's so reassuring how motivated, caring, and diligent everyone is.

Eldridge lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife Stacey, and three children. His background is in Kubernetes, and holds a Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification. When not being as helpful as possible, he can be found in his local arcade or reading comics to his children. He also holds the self proclaimed "best beard" in support.

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee

Lakewood, CO, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Community Advocate

Working on a remote team has created the opportunity for my work and personal life to coexist in a way that is both productive and healthy. The opportunity to work flexibly and from my own home allows me extra time each day to dedicate towards my own passions, family, and friends. All remote at GitLab makes me feel included, supported, and engaged, no matter what time zone I'm working from or where my team is located.

Samantha is excited to join the Community Advocacy team. She brings a background in education and a passion for learning. Samantha is looking forward to opportunities to apply and grow her web development skills while working with the GitLab community.

Jordi Mon

Jordi Mon

London, UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Senior Product Marketing Manager , Dev

I cannot conceive a single minute of commute in my life. It is a total waste of time plus, there is no better environment to work and live that one's own house. Working remote has allowed me to connect with more people from any where in the planet that huge offices in the language technology industry which, by definition, are pretty diverse.

Jordi is a product person interested in software development tooling and culture as well as meaningful and lasting design. Developer productivity, open source, DevOps and culture are some of his passions. Outside of work you'll find him reading (History, Economics and all sorts of boring stuff), attending concerts (not boring ones) and hanging out with friends and family. Will beat you at padel. Not really.

Giuliana Lucchesi

Giuliana Lucchesi

Chicago, IL, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

People Operations Specialist

When I entered the workforce, geography became one of the biggest pain points for me. I found myself in a position in which I needed to choose between the opportunity to work abroad and being based close to my family, which in and of itself is difficult as my family is spread between the US and Italy. GitLab's 100% remote environment has given me complete geographical freedom to spend time with my family and friends globally, all while being a part of an incredible organization. For me, there is truly nothing more valuable!

Based in Chicago, Giuliana contributes to the People Operations team at GitLab. Forward thinking and people passionate, she is energized by technology, human development, and business strategy. She loves all things Italian, photography, writing, language, and immersing herself in different cultures. A curious traveler, she has lived in four countries (so has her cat) and traveled to over thirty.

Johnathan Hunt

Johnathan Hunt

Atlanta, GA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Vice President of Security

Prior to Gitlab I worked at InVision (another remotely distributed company) for 4 years. Prior to that I sustained a routined 2 to 2.5 hour commute in Atlanta traffic daily. It is a real blessing to have the opportunity to reclaim that time to spend with my family.

Johnathan has been in the infosec space for almsot 20 years building security programs at 4 companies. He has worked at 2 Fortune 500's and 4 startups. He is a proud father of 3 boys who diligently work to keep him as exhausted as possible. Enjoys working out, traveling, reading, learning and family time!

Kassio Borges

Kassio Borges

Dublin, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Senior Backend Engineer, Manage:Import

Remote work has enabled Kassio to enjoy his trips with his wife, who also works remote for another company, and cut his grass without wasting the weekend time.

Kassio is a passionate software engineer who enjoys communication and solve the right problem. In his spare time, Kassio likes to travel, watch movies, cook and cut his backyard grass.

Pedro Pombeiro

Pedro Pombeiro

Bulle, Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

Senior Backend Engineer, Verify:Runner

Except for two 3-year stints, my professional career has involved remote work in one way or another. Initially at an offshore office and more recently with 100% distributed teams. Working on an offshore office gave me some flexibility, but I still felt as the odd one compared to the main team. I'd miss out on learning and development opportunities that were tailored to the main team, along with many other opportunities. When I moved to Switzerland in 2012 I chose a quiet countryside city where there was basically a single big employer. After a while I started realizing that this choice was limiting my growth, as well as the kind of coworkers that I got to work with. Fortunately, in 2014, shortly after buying a lifetime subscription for a personal media streaming service called Plex, I received a newsletter in which Plex asked for software developers, without any restriction on location, and 2 weeks later I was moonlighting with them. The fact that my previous employer could no longer use the lack of other opportunities in the region as leverage to underpay and to not recognize its workers was a breath of fresh air for me, and it was clear I would likely never work co-located again. There are just so many advantages to remote work for me that the alternative is not even something I want to consider.

Pedro has always enjoyed making fellow developers' lives easier and more productive, so GitLab is a perfect fit for him. He's worked remotely for the last 2 decades, initially in the industrial sector, and more recently on consumer apps such as Plex as part of fully distributed teams. You can find his professional background on LinkedIn. When not spending time with his family, you can find him playing music (guitar and piano), hiking or skiing in the Swiss mountains.

Shem Gyll

Shem Gyll

York, UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

Support Engineer, Self-managed (EMEA)

Everything about remote work is more streamlined, modern and accessible than traditional work. Even applying for remote roles these days is far easier and more productive! Working remotely allows me to focus more on my work without outside distractions in a zen-like trance where productivity just flows simply and easily. I like to walk a lot so working remote gives me opportunities to walk during my breaks or before work, sometimes even taking a long walk to somewhere peaceful before clocking in for the day.

Shem's entire career has been built on providing world-class customer success within tech industries. Always open and personable, he's a fan of open-source, walking in the countryside, cooking and coding websites.

Steve Loyd

Steve Loyd

California, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

VP of Infrastructure

Steve enjoys the efficiency of the GitLab all-remote model and asynchronous communications methods. He lives with his family in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. After 20+ years of commuting 3-4 hours a day to the South Bay and later San Francisco, he is delighted to just commute down the stairs.

Steve has enjoyed much of his career in various TechOps and DevOps leadership roles. He is excited to continue this leadership and also be part of driving future DevOps practices and tools as part of GitLab Engineering. As the leader for the Infrastructure organization, he spends most days ensuring that all gitlab.com customer experiences are secure, reliable, and performant; and that our operations result in a valuable ongoing business for GitLab.

Alberto Ramos

Alberto Ramos

Dublin, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Engineering Manager, Reliability

The current Coronavirus restrictions make my remote work feel very normal these days. I am hoping to learn many new ways of being efficient and enjoying my job as a result of that.

Hands-on SRE manager with some good experience (and a pasion) in how to reliably run distributed production systems at scale in the cloud. Lived in several countries - now happily landed in Ireland. Worked before for companies like HP, Cadtech, Zendesk and Microsoft. I also love running, tennis, traveling and having a happy family!

Dallas Reedy

Dallas Reedy

College Place, WA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Fullstack Engineer, Growth:Conversion

Being remote is incredibly empowering. You get the opportunity to craft your day to maximize your productivity. You are in control of your office setup, your schedule, your personal workflow, your meals, your distractions, your breaks โ€ฆ in essence, your life! On top of all of that, you also get to choose where to live! It can be a challenge & a struggle to find your rhythm at first. I recommend connecting with established remote workers for guidance & tips.
Dallas Reedy

Dallas Reedy

Fullstack Engineer, Growth:Conversion
Reports to Backend Engineering Manager, Growth:Acquisition and Conversion and Telemetry
Lives in College Place, WA, USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Pronouns: he/him

Dallas began his career as a graphic designer, but soon fell in love with the ability to create interactive web experiences, and he has been crafting web-based software ever since. He has a lot of experience being on tiny teams and considers himself to be a โ€œDigital Generalist.โ€ Besides โ€œtalking to computers,โ€ Dallas enjoys photography, leisurely bike rides, board & card games, cooking, eating, & traveling.

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