GitLab Culture

Introduction

Please see our primer for more general information about GitLab.

The GitLab team in January 2017In January 2017, the whole team had grown to 150 GitLabbers!

The GitLab team in May 2016Back in May 2016, the whole team was a total of 85 GitLabbers

Advantages

Top 10 reasons to work for GitLab:

  1. Work with helpful, kind, motivated, and talented people.
  2. Work remote so you have no commute and are free to travel and move.
  3. Have flexible work hours so you are there for other people and free to plan the day how you like.
  4. Everyone works remote, but you don't feel remote. We don't have a head office, so you're not in a satellite office.
  5. Work on open source software so you can interact with a large community and can show your work.
  6. Work on a product you use every day: we drink our own wine.
  7. Work on a product used by lots of people that care about what you do.
  8. As a company we contribute more than we take, most of our work is released as the open source GitLab CE.
  9. Focused on results, not on long hours, so that you can have a life and don't burn out.
  10. Open internal processes: know what you're getting in to and be assured we're thoughtful and effective.

Historical Anecdotes

October 8th, 2011

Dmitriy started GitLab when he pushed the initial commit.

August 24th, 2012

Sid announced GitLab on HN.

September 14th, 2012

First 10 people get access to GitLab Cloud (now known as GitLab.com).

November 13th, 2012

GitLab CI is officially announced.

July 22nd, 2013

GitLab Enterprise Edition is announced.

April 18th, 2014

GitLab Cloud renamed to GitLab.com.

March 4th, 2015

GitLab in Y Combinator winter 2015 batch.

August 15th, 2015

Series A Funding was signed.

October 10th, 2015

Anniversary of our first ever summit in Amsterdam with 25 GitLabbers.

Team Stories

What better way to convey a sense of who we are and how we work together, than by sharing the stories about it?

The De Wet Show

De Wet Blomerus is a Support Engineer and host of one of our Team Call’s favorite recurring segments, "The De Wet Show". It's been such a hit that we now open our Team Call every Monday with it! Some of his best episodes will be posted below.


S01-E01: The Story of GitLab

The saying goes that if you can’t explain something to a child, you don’t understand it yourself. De Wet put it to the test when he told the story of GitLab to his kids.


The Boat


The Boat

Back then, the whole team used to fit in one car. And the car was called "the Boat".


We even took the Boat from San Francisco to Las Vegas to celebrate Job's bachelor party, but as you can see in this video, he thought we were going to visit a customer in Los Angeles!


The cattle


Staring down cattle

Staring down the cattle?

Our CFO, Paul, was on vacation on a cattle ranch, during a time of fundraising. Normally vacation is vacation of course, but in this case it was necessary to have some calls now and again which required strong internet. To get to strong internet, Paul had to cross fields with cattle in them, and stare them down. Over the course of many trips he learned that cattle are docile, mostly... but don't turn your back on them because they can't be outrun!