HEAR OUR STORIES

GitLab is a remote only 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

Utrecht, The Netherlands πŸ‡³πŸ‡±

Engineering Manager, Create:Source Code

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 CancΓΊn 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 has spent the years that followed gaining experience with a wide range of technologies—both by himself and as lead developer at two startups. Around 2011, he found Ruby and fell in love with the language and the open-source community surrounding it, making him a perfect fit for GitLab.

Brittany Rohde

Brittany Rohde

Clarksville, TN, USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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 πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή

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 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Sales Development Manager, EMEA

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 for many years providing inside sales support to software companies. Elsje lives in west Cornwall in the UK with her husband, two girls, two dogs, and cat with a view of the sea and St Michael's Mount from her office window.

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Walnut Creek, California, USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

VP 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 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Senior Product Marketing Manager , CI/CD & Ops

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 technical marketer who’s been crafting both code and copy since the late 90’s. At GitLab, William leads product marketing for GitLab CI/CD & Ops including new technologies like Serverless and Kubernetes. Prior to joining GitLab, William's career focused on marketing to technical buyers at companies like Twilio and Digium, the sponsor of open source Asterisk. Outside of work, you can find William cooking, taking walks, and playing video games with his wife and three children.

Brendan O'Leary

Brendan O'Leary

Annapolis, MD, USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Senior Solutions Manager

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 I’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.

Shane Rice

Shane Rice

Pensacola, FL, USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Digital Marketing Programs Manager, Search Engine Marketing Specialist

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 started contributing 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 delighted laughter.

Jason Lenny

Jason Lenny

Utrecht, The Netherlands πŸ‡³πŸ‡±

Director of Product, 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 πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

Senior 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.

Kenny Johnston

Kenny Johnston

Kansas City, KS, USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Director of Product, Ops Products

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

Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Frontend Engineer, Release (CD)

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 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Content Marketer, 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.

Charlie Ablett

Charlie Ablett

Motueka, New Zealand πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

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

I live in a rural valley and have worked remotely as a contractor for over 10 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 a 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, grow my 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 Engineering Manager, Plan:Portfolio Management & Plan:Certify
Lives in Motueka, New Zealand πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

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