In January 2017, our team of 150 GitLabbers from around the world!
GitLab recognizes that to build a diversity initiative that resonates for our organization, we need to redefine it in a way that embodies our values and reinforces our global workforce. We also know that many diversity programs fail. Rather than focusing on building diversity as a collection of activities, data, and metrics, we're choosing to build and institutionalize a culture that is inclusive and supports all employees equally to achieve their professional goals. We will refer to this intentional culture curation as inclusion and development (i & d).
We have also recorded a training on this subject:
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We have 100% remote team which means our candidates are not limited by geography – Our door, if you will, is open to everyone and we champion this approach, to the extent that it’s possible, for all companies.
Another practice we employ is to ask GitLab candidates to work on reviewing and writing some code as a part of our hiring process. This allows people who may not stand out well on paper - which is what the hiring process traditionally depends on - to really show us what they can do and how they approach reviews. For us, that’s proven more valuable than where an candidate studied or has worked before.
One of our biggest initiatives is the GitLab Diversity Sponsorship program. This is a sponsorship opportunity we offer to any “diversity in tech” event globally. We offer funds to help support the event financially and, if the event is in a city we have a GitLab team member, we get hands-on by offering to coach and/or give a talk whenever possible.
In addition, the very nature of our company is meant to facilitate inclusion. We believe in asynchronous communication where possible which enables our teammates to have flexibility in the hours and locations from which they work. The no-ask vacation time also contributes to making it easier to combine work with other obligations and activities, whether that be volunteering with inner city youth, helping your kids with homework, going to the gym or a variety of other activities.
We want to encourage and support diversity on our team and in our hiring practices, so we will offer a $2000 referral bonus for hires from underrepresented groups in the tech industry for engineering roles at GitLab. This underrepresented group is defined as: women, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans/Latinos, and veterans.
In our general guidelines we list: 'Use inclusive language. For example, don't use "Hi guys" but use "Hi everybody", "Hi people", or "Y'all". And speak about courage instead of aggression. Also see the note in the management section of the leadership page to avoid military analogies.
As part of our interviewing process we list: "The candidate should be interviewed by at least one female GitLab team member. The GitLab team understands the importance of Inclusive interviewing. We thrive to ensure our hiring team is well versed in every aspect of Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural competence. A positive and comfortable candidate experience is priority."
To be truly inclusive is to be aware of your own ingrained biases as well as strategies for blunting the effects of those biases. As part of our inclusivity efforts we recommend everyone to partake in the Harvard project Implicit test which focusses in on the hidden causes of everyday discrimination.
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We recognize that having an inclusive organization is never done. If you work at GitLab please join our #inclusion chat channel. If you don't work for us please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions and concerns.