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Dropbox – Why Work For Us?

We're creating a home for life

From your life’s work to your life’s memories, your most important stuff lives in Dropbox. We’ve set the standard for storing and sharing your digital belongings, but we’re not stopping there. With Mailbox, Carousel, Dropbox Pro, and Dropbox for Business, we’re building a family of products that make life easier.

We're tackling complex challenges

We take on the complexities of technology that affect everyday life, so that people can get back to living and doing their best work. But getting to simple is a constant process. We're passionate about working together to solve the greatest challenges in technology today.

We're building for the whole world

Today, over 300 million people across every continent rely on Dropbox to get stuff done. We started out in San Francisco, and now we're setting up shop worldwide to get closer to our users. From Austin to Dublin, each office sports the same magic that makes Dropbox unique, remixed with local flavor.

Engineering at Dropbox

Our engineering team is architecting a home for life—a growing family of products that handle over a billion files a day for people and businesses around the world. Dropbox engineers get to the core of challenging technical problems, mixing head and heart to get to experiences that just work. With such a broad mission and massive scale, there are countless opportunities to make an impact. 



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Andrew Fong on tackling the full stack

For the past two years, Andrew’s been building out the Dropbox site reliability team. The team has grown dramatically — not only in size but in perspective — since he started.

“We’re not fire fighting or reactive,” he says. “We’re looking three, six, nine, twelve months down the road as to how we can improve the infrastructure.”

As the team has grown, Andrew says the ability to make an impact has grown too.

“We’re able to go deep on certain areas and actually work on very fundamental challenges in the infrastructure, like provisioning, inventory management, traffic management.”

That depth of impact depends upon a blameless culture and a well-defined process for escalation if issues do arise. Andrew says he’s especially proud of the way his team has come together as it’s grown.

“They have each other’s backs,” he says.

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Jessica Liu on taking the long view

Jessica Liu shipped a complete redesign of Dropbox.com within a few months of joining the company. The overhaul employed new icons and gave the site a lighter look overall.

A recent graduate of Brown University, Jessica studied art alongside computer science. She has an eye for design and was well suited to the task.

Jessica says she came to Dropbox because of its standard for excellence in engineering. She knew it was a place where she could grow.

“The engineers who work here are so smart,” she says. “I just knew that I would become a better engineer.”

But growing a sustainable career depends on maintaining a healthy balance in the present. Jessica’s dedicated to cultivating this balance for herself and for the engineering team as a whole.

As part of a cross-team initiative on developing a healthy, inclusive culture, Jessica interviewed fellow engineers and compiled a list of action items for the team. Many of these revolve around welcoming new hires, establishing constructive frameworks for feedback, and setting examples for a healthy work-life balance.

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An interview with supply chain manager Michele Sordal

Michele Sordal joined Dropbox a year ago to build the supply chain team from scratch. Here she shares her career path, her experience balancing family and career, and what she looks for in building her team.

What are you working on lately?

I’m in the supply chain group. When I first came to Dropbox, I was brought on to establish that process and organization. It’s the same thing I did at Facebook as the first person in procurement and vendor management.

How did you decide that you wanted to take on that challenge again, starting a team from scratch?

Because it’s just loads of fun. I’m addicted to it. I’m addicted to hypergrowth — coming in at the ground floor and establishing it. That’s where I shine and where I do best.

How would you describe the Dropbox culture?

When I first walked into the lobby of this building, it felt like home.

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Design at Dropbox

Our design team crafts delightful experiences that make people's lives easier. We're a close-knit, collaborative group, guided by a highly iterative design process. Combining research, data, and thoughtful critique, we’re solving fundamental problems that impact work and life for millions of people around the world.



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Linda Eliasen on exploring new territory 

Linda began her career at MailChimp, then moved to New York for a stint at Squarespace before joining Dropbox in San Francisco. The changes in scenery gave her a chance to tap into a fundamental curiosity, a drive to explore. And it’s changed the way she works for the better.

“It’s like when you’re a kid and everything you experience is new all the time. I’m learning faster and growing at a different rate than I normally would. I don’t second guess myself and make excuses as much as I used to.”

“It seems like everywhere I look, I see somebody working on a product, and there are all of these interesting problems that haven’t been solved yet. Sometimes I can just see those problems solving themselves in my brain, and I want to go and help. There’s just so much stuff going on here that I want to be a part of that it feels like an endless sea of design opportunities. To me that’s super satisfying and inspiring.”

 

 

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Adam Polselli on growing as a designer

“We’re a company in hypergrowth,” Adam says. “So it’s incredibly important that anyone who comes onto our team can also be a hypergrowth individual. And that takes really great mentorship.”

The intention is for Dropbox designers to be able to double their skill sets within six months to a year. That’s only possible with the right combination of collaboration, mentorship, and feedback.

“We want Dropbox to be the place where designers can come to work for years and build a career,” he says.

A great mentor, according to Adam, is someone who gives you the kind of feedback that helps you up your game every single day. And on the flip side, becoming a mentor allows experienced designers the opportunity to help shape someone’s career.

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Ryan Putnam on designing for utility

Reflecting on the design process for Carousel, Ryan says, “Just like everything with Dropbox, it’s nice to work with people who are really good at what they do. From engineers to product designers to product managers, you interact with people who are just really good at their craft.”

As the Dropbox design team grows, Ryan hopes to set an example for the role of illustration in the context of technology. And he has the support of the entire company to make it happen.

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Engineering Internship at Dropbox

Our engineering team architects the products that handle over a billion files a day for people and businesses around the world, and Dropbox interns tackle the same technical challenges as our full-time engineers. Our intern have the responsibility and the support they need to make a difference on a massive scale by the end of the summer.



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Christopher Sauer on learning as you go

 Stanford undergraduate Christopher Sauer shares his internship experience at Dropbox

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 Mariam Kobiashvili on transitioning from theory to practice

 As an intern at Dropbox, Mariam Kobiashvili discovered a love for building products

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Adam Faulkner on moving forward

A rising senior at University of Texas at Austin, Adam Faulkner shares his Dropbox internship experience

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Dropbox Rotation Program

Create your own adventure and discover the best role for you. 

Over 18 months, DRP members rotate through sales, user operations, and another team, while working on projects with mentors across the company. After the program, DRP alumni have gone on to roles in sales, user operations, marketing, communications, and business operations.



 

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Michael Anderson on finding the right fit

Before joining the Dropbox Rotation Program, Michael Anderson explored technology from different perspectives

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Alisa Parrett on keeping an open mind

  By venturing beyond her comfort zone, Alisa Parrett discovered a love for data 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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Maninder Saini on learning by experience

Through the Dropbox Rotation Program, Maninder Saini expands on his breadth of experience

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Valentina Domeq on following her passion

Through the Dropbox Rotation Program, Valentina Domeq followed her newfound passion across the country

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    Pretty fantastic

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely motivated and excited about helping the organisation succeed. When I first joined, I swore there must've been something in the water.

    There's a lot of freedom; some change projects every 2-3 weeks, others (if they so desire) can stay on one thing for months at a time. Working on projects unrelated to your team is encouraged, if it would be the best way to move the company forward.

    The org is growing, but they seem to be growing responsibly.

    Cons

    The lunchroom gets too crowded at 12:05pm.

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Dropbox Interviews

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    First was a HR / technical interview. Spoke about 2 projects and answered questions on them. 25 min online technical interview. Question was "Given a pattern and a string - find if the string follows the same pattern Eg: Pattern : [a b b a], String : cat dog dog cat "

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Dropbox Awards & Accolades

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Founder of the Year Crunchie, Tech Crunch, 2014

Additional Info

Website www.dropbox.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Private
Industry Information Technology

Dropbox is the home for your most important stuff—now we’re bringing it to life with a growing family of products. Today, over 300 million people across every continent rely on Dropbox to get stuff done. With offices around the world, we're growing fast and building a collaborative team that makes work and life delightful. As we scale our global brand, there’s plenty of space for you to grow alongside us and simplify life for millions of people around the world.

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