GitLab: Leading in an Open-source World

09/09/2022 1 min read
Wendy Barnes is Chief People Officer of GitLab, the DevOps platform, overseeing culture, talent acquisition, operations, technology and analytics, diversity and inclusion, and total rewards. Previously, she served in HR leadership at pre-IPO and Fortune 500 companies such as Palo Alto Networks and Netflix. Barnes is a member of the Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business Advisory Board and a facilitator and adviser on the Women’s Corporate Board Readiness Program.

Functioning as an all-remote company requires a unique set of skills. As Chief People Officer of GitLab, Wendy Barnes is familiar with these skills. In this episode of The Talent Economy, Barnes gives insight on remote work, recruitment, retention, and employee well-being. With her keen problem-solving skills and experience with diverse, global companies, she  cultivates a positive and inclusive work environment.

Some Questions Asked:

  • What does it mean for GitLab to be open source? 6:25
  • How has being an all-remote company factored into GitLab’s ability to attract and retain talent, especially over the last two years? 11:24
  • How did GitLab choose their company values and communicate them to current and future employees? 17:40

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About the Family and Friends program that improved productivity and morale.
  • How GitLab supports the health and wellness of employees.
  • Why GitLab uses informal communication to build culture.

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Wendy Barnes is Chief People Officer of GitLab, the DevOps platform, overseeing culture, talent acquisition, operations, technology and analytics, diversity and inclusion, and total rewards. Previously, she served in HR leadership at pre-IPO and Fortune 500 companies such as Palo Alto Networks and Netflix. Barnes is a member of the Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business Advisory Board and a facilitator and adviser on the Women’s Corporate Board Readiness Program.