create and update documentation based on customer interactions.
work hard to solve customer problems while delighting them along the way.
participate in regular rotations for weekday and weekend on-call coverage (daytime only), providing emergency support to our Self-managed and SaaS customers, or working with our SaaS Production team to coordinate incident communications.
work alongside Product Managers to define and shape the product goals, roadmap, priorities, and strategy based on your frontline knowledge of customer needs.
continually research and learn the current and future best practices of using GitLab.
participate in our hiring processes by reviewing applications and assessments, and by participating in interviews.
suggest and implement improvements to Support workflows.
Projects you might work on:
When you’re not tackling difficult customer challenges, you’ll have a lot of freedom to work on things that will make your life, and the lives of your coworkers, easier. Current and past support engineers have:
you're a natural communicator and delight in using those skills to help others.
you love exploring new technologies and figuring things out the hard way.
you enjoy solving many small problems per day.
You're a support professional
you’ve got 2+ years of experience in a support or other service-oriented customer facing role.
within the last 5 years, you've worked at one company for at least 2 years.
you’re experienced in writing support content.
you’re experienced in managing cases throughout the entire support lifecycle from initial customer inquiry to triage and reproduction, writing bug reports for hand off to the development team, and case resolution.
you have experience being on-call and can jump into a complex situation and make sense of and communicate clearly to stakeholders what's going on.
you're comfortable using support platforms such as ZenDesk and Salesforce.
You've got the technical acumen
you have knowledge of DevOps methodologies and you appreciate the value technologies like Serverless and Kubernetes bring to the software deployment and development process.
you’re able to communicate complex technical topics to customers and coworkers of varying technical skill levels.
you have excellent Ruby on Rails knowledge and are fluent on the Rails console, or you're proficient in working with another MVC framework (Django, Laravel or others) and will be able to pick up Rails quickly.
you’re experienced with Git and CI/CD.
you have excellent Linux systems administration knowledge (LFCE or RHCE equivalent knowledge).
The culture here at GitLab is something we’re incredibly proud of. Because GitLab team members are currently located in over 60 different countries, you’ll spend your time collaborating with kind, talented, and motivated colleagues from across the globe. Some of the benefits you’ll be entitled to vary by the region or country you’re in. However, all GitLab team members are fully remote and receive a "no ask, must tell" paid-time-off policy, where we don’t count the number of days you take off annually. You can work incredibly flexible hours, enabled by our asynchronous approach to communication. We’ll also help you set up your home office environment, pay for your membership to a co-working space, and contribute to the travel costs associated with meeting other GitLab employees across the world.
Our hiring process for this Support Engineer position typically follows five stages. The details of this process and the compensation for this role can be found in our hiring process.
How you'll grow in the role:
Senior Support Engineer
A Senior Support Engineer is a more experienced engineer who continues to contribute as an individual while operating with equal comfort at the level of team enablement. That is, they work at the team level to increase every member's ability to contribute. With the wider focus, the specializations of the Intermediate role begin to disappear.
A Senior Support Engineer will be promoted to Staff Support Engineer when they have
demonstrated significant leadership and impact; typically around resolving customer issues. This may
involve any type of consistent performance above and beyond the senior level. For example, a Staff Support Engineer might:
regularly submit merge requests for customer reported/requested GitLab bugs and feature proposals.
work across functional groups to deliver on projects relating to customer experience and success.
write in-depth documentation and clarify community communications that share knowledge and radiate GitLab's technical strengths.
possess the ability to create innovative solutions that push GitLab's technical abilities ahead of the curve.
identify significant projects that result in substantial cost savings or revenue increases.
define and solve important architectural issues based on their extensive customer knowledge.
Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page.
Selected candidates may receive a short questionnaire from our Global Sourcers.
Next, candidates will receive a technical assessment via email by the Recruiter. Candidates have 6 week days to complete the assessment, upon request they can have move time to complete it. The technical assessment reviewer will have 2 week days to review the assessment.
Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a 30-minute screening call with our Global Recruiters.
NOTE: For candidates directly sourced, the 30-minute screening call may precede the technical assessment. Then, if the screening is successful the candidate must still receive, complete and pass the technical assessment before being scheduled for a technical interview.
Next, candidates will move to the first round of interviews
90-Minute Technical Interview with a member of the Support team.
The Technical Interview will involve live break-fix/bug-fix scenarios as well as customer scenarios. You will need to have access to a terminal with Bash or similar. You will also need to have an SSH key pair installed locally so you can connect to the server. Windows users must have ‘Git Bash for Windows’ installed prior to the call. If the Technical Interview is not passed, the Behavioral Interview will be canceled.
60-Minute Behavioral Interview with a Support Engineering Manager
Next, candidates will move to the second round of interviews
60-Minute Interview with a Senior Manager of Support
Successful candidates will subsequently be made an offer.
Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.
GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is
a community project to which over 2,200 people worldwide have contributed.
We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs
and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can
contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative
work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.
We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom,
efficiency, self-learning, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, inclusion and belonging,
boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality,
work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our
primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of
life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.
Top 10 reasons to work for GitLab:
Work with helpful, kind, motivated, and talented people.
Work remote so you have no commute and are free to travel and move.
Have flexible work hours so you are there for other people and free to plan
the day how you like.
Everyone works remote, but you don't feel remote. We don't have a head
office, so you're not in a satellite office.
Work on open source software so you can interact with a large community and
can show your work.
Work on a product you use every day: we drink our own wine.
Work on a product used by lots of people that care about what you do.
As a company we contribute more than we take, most of our work is released
as the open source GitLab CE.
Focused on results, not on long hours, so that you can have a life and
don't burn out.
Open internal processes: know what you're getting in to and be assured
we're thoughtful and effective.