TL;DR: An article about GitLab’s internal culture and they grew into a 350-employee company, fully remote. Definitely some interesting ideas on the remote culture!
Remote but not Isolated
The biggest advantage to an all-remote team is obvious: Your hiring pool is gigantic, and you don’t need to convince top talent to move for you.
On the other hand, maintaining a culture is really difficult. GitLab’s leaders constantly think about it. Sijbrandij even hired away Netflix’s vice president of talent, Barbie Brewer, to serve as chief people officer.
Virtual coffee breaks, where employees talk about their lives outside GitLab, are built into everyone’s schedules.
Senior leaders hold office hours in video chat rooms that anyone can join.
When GitLab meets its monthly goals, everyone gets a free dinner.