The Talent Economy Podcast


GitLab: Leading in an Open-source World

Season 2, Ep. 35

Functioning as an all-remote company requires a unique set of skills, including flexibility, understanding, and streamlined communication. As Chief People Officer of the innovative DevOps platform GitLab, Wendy Barnes knows how to identify and promote these skills. In this episode of The Talent Economy, Barnes shares insight on remote work, recruitment, retention, and employee well-being.


Barnes brings more than 20 years of HR experience to GitLab. Prior to joining the tech company, she served as CHRO at Palo Alto Networks, helping scale processes as their employees grew in number from 750 to 5,000. 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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