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Backend Developer

Remote
Employment: Full Time Experience: Mid-Level

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

For this position, a significant amount of experience with Ruby is a strict requirement.
We would love to hire all great backend developers, regardless of the language they have most experience with, but at this point we are looking for developers who can get up and running within the GitLab code base very quickly and without requiring much training, which limits us to developers with a large amount of existing experience with Ruby, and preferably Rails too.

For a time, we also considered applicants with little or no Ruby and Rails experience for this position, because we realize that programming skills are to a large extent transferable between programming languages, but we are not currently doing that anymore for the reasons described in the merge request that removed the section from this listing that described that policy.

If you would still prefer to join the backend development team as a Ruby developer, please consider contributing to the open-source GitLab Community Edition. We frequently hire people from the community who have shown through contributions that they have the skills that we are looking for, even if they didn’t have much previous experience with those technologies, and we would gladly review those contributions.

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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!

Responsibilities:
  • Develop features from proposal to polished end result.
  • Support and collaborate with our support 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.
Requirements:
  • You can reason about software, algorithms, and performance from a high level
  • You are passionate about open source
  • You have worked on a production-level Ruby application, preferably using Rails. (This is a strict requirement)
  • You know how to write your own Ruby gem using TDD techniques
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Experience with Docker, Nginx, Go, and Linux system administration a plus
  • Experience with online community development a plus
  • Self-motivated and have strong organizational skills
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.
  • A technical interview is part of the hiring process for this position.
Hiring Process

Applicants for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that applicants can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find her/his job title on our team page.

-Qualified applicants receive a short questionnaire from our Recruiting team
-Selected candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with our Recruiting team
-Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a behavioral interview with either our Discussion Lead or Platform Engineering Manager
-Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a technical interview with either our Discussion Lead or Platform Engineering Manager
-Candidates will then be invited to schedule an interview with Director of Backend
-Candidates will then be invited to schedule an additional interview with VP of Engineering
-Finally, candidates may be asked to interview with the CEO
-Successful candidates will subsequently be made an offer via email

As always, the interviews and screening call will be conducted via a video call.
See more details about our hiring process on the hiring handbook.

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