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Diversity and Inclusion

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Our Global TeamIn May of 2019, our team of 638 GitLab team-members from around the world had our annual company trip. This year it was New Orleans!

Diversity & Inclusion mission at GitLab

Diversity & Inclusion is fundamental to the success of GitLab. We strive to create a transparent environment where all team members around the globe feel that their voices are heard and welcomed. We aim to be a place where people can show up as their full selves each day and contribute their best.

We also support Diversity because it complements our other values, specifically Collaboration, Efficiency and Results. There is empirical evidence that diversity in leadership supports innovation, promotes better decision making and improves financial results.

GitLab's definition of Diversity & Inclusion

The phrase "Diversity and Inclusion" (or D&I) refers to the workplace terminology for the initiative to create a diverse workforce and an environment that everyone can be their full selves.

Diversity refers to characteristics of the people who make up GitLab and how they identify. Race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation are some examples of how the data might be categorized when looking at how diverse GitLab is. Sometimes we can see things that make us diverse and sometimes we can't. A single person should not be referred to as a "diverse person" or a "diversity hire" which would imply they are not included in the current community or that they are only employed because of a factor that is not directly related to their skills and their ability to do their job. When referring to a single person who is less representative of the current majority of those who work at GitLab, the preferred terminology is a person from an "underrepresented group" and the meaning of the context is "at GitLab" or "in a specific department or team at GitLab." This term is generally used in the context of reporting on how GitLab is working on understanding and improving the sourcing, interviewing, hiring, and retention of those who either want to work or currently work at GitLab.

Inclusion is the ability to recognize, respect, and value differences in those around us. Additionally, it acknowledges that a company composed of a diverse group of people can lead to conflict of ideas which, if productively engaged with, can build innovation. Inclusion also means being aware of both positive and negative biases and how those biases impact who we hire, work with, and retain.

GitLab believes that many perspectives coming together creates a more innovative environment to work in with more satisfied teammates, leading to a better product and increased profitability.

Understanding of the purpose of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group

Members of the advisory board have a tag on the team page and you can find a full list on this page.

Values

Inclusive teams are naturally more engaged, collaborative and innovative. We aim to align our values to be reflective of our company wide commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

In addition, the very nature of our company is to facilitate and foster inclusion. We believe in asynchronous communication, we allow flexible work hours. GitLab team members are encouraged to work when and where they are most comfortable.

Fully distributed and completely connected

The GitLab team is fully distributed across the globe, providing our team the opportunity to connect with each others cultures, celebrations and unique traditions. We collaborate professionally and connect personally!

Our unique all-remote team opens our door to everyone. Candidates are not limited by geography and we champion this approach, to the extent that it’s possible, for all companies!

By having no offices and allowing each GitLab team member to work and live where they are most comfortable, GitLab offers a uniquely inclusive culture.

Learn more about GitLab's all-remote culture.

GitLab team member data

Please see our identity data.

Inclusion at GitLab

Gitlab is growing significantly, making it imperative to continuously foster community and build allyship. Diversity and Inclusion are crucial to building a collaborative company wide culture. We aim to retain all great talent.

What we are doing with Diversity & Inclusion

ERGs - Employee Resource Groups

GitLab Pride Slack channel - #lgbtq Sign up for future meetings via google form here

GitLab Women+ Slack channel - #women Sign up for future meetings via google form here

GitLab MIT - Minorities in Tech Slack Channel - #minoritiesintech Sign up for future meetings via google form here

GitLab DiversABILITY Slack channel - #diverse_ability Sign up for future meetings via google form here

What We Are Working on with Diversity & Inclusion:

Military veterans and spouses

GitLab welcomes military veterans from around the world, as well as military spouses, to learn more about life at GitLab and to apply for vacancies. We recognize the values gained from military experience, and we foster an inclusive atmosphere to thrive in when returning to civilian life.

Our all-remote culture provides an ideal work environment for military veterans and spouses. By empowering team members to live and work where they are most comfortable, veterans and spouses can work in a safe, nuturing environment that they choose and design.

We encourage military veterans and spouses to read testimonials from GitLab team members to understand the benefits of all-remote when joining the workforce following military service.

GitLab is actively iterating within Diversity & Inclusion and Recruiting to ensure that additional underrepresented groups are pursued, embraced, and positioned for success.

Employee training and learning opportunities

Community

GitLab team members are distributed across the globe, giving us access to an array of opportunity. We encourage collaboration with global organizations and programs that support underrepresented individuals in the tech industry. GitLab also provides additional support through the Diversity Sponsorship program. GitLab Diversity Sponsorship program. 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.

Additional resources and training opportunities

Internal to GitLab and want to learn more?

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