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Fellow of Initial Delight

Fellow of Initial Delight is a role at GitLab that ensures the product creates a great first impression. This role was created by GitLab co-founder Dmitriy Zaporozhets (DZ). It is a mix of user experience, product, and engineering. There is a creator pairing program that allows engineers at GitLab to temporarily participate by working with DZ.


The Fellow of Initial Delight will set up and use GitLab features on regular basis. Anything that feels broken or simply creates a bad impression should be addressed by an issue or a merge request.

Points of interest can be:

  • a broken feature
  • a feature not being enabled by default
  • confusing or broken UI
  • missing or broken link to documentation

The good example of such a finding is GitLab not having Container registry enabled by default.


  • Ability to use GitLab

Performance Indicators

Hiring Process

There is no hiring process outlined for this role at this time.

About GitLab

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:

  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.

See our culture page for more!

Work remotely from anywhere in the world. Curious to see what that looks like? Check out our remote manifesto and guides.

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