Backend Developer

GitLab · Jul 7th 2017

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GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 1,000 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, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit ourprimer 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. Focussed 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!

At GitLab, developers are highly independent and self-organized individual contributors who work together as a tight team in aremote and agile way.

Most backend developers work on all aspects of GitLab, building features, fixing bugs, and generally improving the application. Some developers specialize and focus on a specific area, such as packaging, performance or GitLab CI. Developers can specialize immediately after joining, or after some time, when they have gained familiarity with many areas of GitLab and find one they would like to focus on.


  • Develop features from proposal to polished end result.

  • Support and collaborate with our service engineers in getting to the bottom of user-reported issues and come up with robust solutions.

  • Engage with the core team and the open source community to collaborate on improving GitLab.

  • Manage and review code contributed by the rest of the community and work with them to get it ready for production.

  • Create and maintain documentation around features and configuration to save our users time.

  • Take initiative in improving the software in small or large ways to address pain points in your own experience as a developer.

  • Keep code easy to maintain and keep it easy for others to contribute code to GitLab.

  • Qualify developers for hiring.

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