Hello! We could not be more excited to have you at GitLab. This page is here to help walk you through what you can expect before and during your first few weeks as a new team member.
The People Experience Team is here to help guide you in your journey here at GitLab. A memeber of the team will be assigned to your Onboarding Issue, and will be there to provide guidance as you begin onboarding. You can learn more about us below by reading our bios on the team page.
After you sign your offer and complete your background check and references, you can expect your onboarding to go like this:
Want to learn more about Onboarding from current team members? View their feedback here!
GitLab utitilizes Expensify as our team member expense reimbursement tool. All team members will have access to Expensify within 2 days from their hire date. If you didn't receive an email from Expensify for your access, please contact
There are a few commonly expensed items among new hires that are listed below and a guide to how they can be categorized within Expensify.
|Computer Case||Office Supplies|
|Monthly Internet Subscription||Telecom Internet|
Q: Am I able to buy things prior to my start date then expense once started?
A: Absolutely! We recommend reviewing our expenses handbook page about items are are expensable vs. non-expensable.
Q: I haven't received my GitLab issued laptop yet. Is it okay to use a personal one until it arrives?
A: Yes. You can absolutely use a personal laptop until your GitLab one arrives. You'll want to hold off on doing any of the hardware Security practices found in your onboarding issue until you have your GitLab laptop though.
Q: I purchased my own laptop for work. How do I go about expensing it?
A: You will get access to Expensify during your first week and you'll want to submit your receipts for reimbursemnt through the program.
Q: I would like to work in a co-working space instead of my home. Is that possible?
A: It is! You'll just want to make sure to review our co-working space details listed out here before signing any agreements.
Q: When will my first paycheck be?
A: Depending on where you are located, you can find the payroll cut off dates here and when you can expect to receive your first paycheck.
Q: I received an email from Okta about access, do I need to do anything with it?
A: You won't need to action anything until day one! We are going to want you to review your
Welcome to GitLab Onboarding email first and follow the instructions within that email to make sure that all your access is set up correctly. This will include creating your GitLab account, getting access to your GitLab email, and all other systems!
Q: Any tips for working in a remote environment and keeping myself engaged and productive?
A: GitLab has an entire team dedicated to providing the best tools to be successful at an all remote company. We highly suggest reviewing our playbook.
Q: I have preplanned vacations or commitments, how should I handle this upon starting?
A: That's absolutely okay. You'll want to make sure to talk with your manager as soon as you can about the days to make sure appropriate coverage is there and then once you get access to Slack, you'll be able to submit your time off in PTO Roots.
Q: How long do I have to enroll in benefits?
A: You have 30 days from your start date to enroll in benefits. Even if you enroll on that 30th day, benefits coverage backdates to your start date.
Q: What is Family & Friend's Day?
A: In an ongoing pandemic with COVID-19 affecting many of our team members, we want to ensure that people are making their well-being a top priority and that we are living out our values, to emphasize this we will coordinate a monthly "Family and Friends Day". On this day, we will close the doors to the GitLab virtual office, reschedule all meetings, and have a publicly visible shutdown. You can read up more about it and view the schedule in our Handbook.