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Updated February 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Fun place to work but the company has matured enough that you can still have a good work/life balance (many folks at 10-5 types with kids) (in 15 reviews)

  • smart people I feel like I'm constantly learning from (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Growing pains as the company grows from a small, agile startup to something bigger that needs more process (in 29 reviews)

  • Work life balance could be better (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - great for parents
    - great team

    Cons

    - growing pains have been a persistent challenge

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the great culture and keep up the good work!


  2. "Has worked through growing pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, and incredible perks/benefits.

    Cons

    Dropbox waited too long to scale it's support structures which led to some growing pains.

  3. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing people to work with
    - Fun culture at scale
    - Challenging work
    - Fooood

    Cons

    - At times teams can be too focussed on their own goals with little flexibility(probably usual as companies grow in size)


  4. "Generally a great time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Dropbox full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dropbox is a top-tier tech company with interesting challenges, great coworkers, and a nice environment to do it all in. The benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Incredibly uneven quality of low-level management. Some long-time engineers are allowed to interfere with any team or engineering project they like, and this has sometimes destroyed teams. Company culture is intolerant of political differences. Retirement plan is not at all competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire engineers as managers. Don't promote engineers to management. Prevent managers from making engineering decisions.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    Really challenging work with a great team who are very self-aware, apolitical, and interested in improving the product, the world, and themselves.. Highly enlightened policies and excellent benefits. Really good work-life balance,

    Cons

    San Francisco location can be challenging for the commute. Dropbox does sponsor a Caltrain Go Pass, which helps tremendously.

    Advice to Management

    For scalability, the company will need to expand beyond San Francisco in a more significant way than it has done to date.


  6. "Great company with good benefits but still figuring some things out"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people who are always willing to help each other out and teach colleagues, great perks at the SF office including an amazing corporate cafeteria, great opportunities to grow your career, volunteer time off, and company culture

    Cons

    Managers can get overloaded, there is some lack of consistent processes in engineering, not a lot of women in infrastructure engineering, few mentor/mentee opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Make sure managers are supported and have opportunities to train and improve.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Glass House"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dropbox full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of perks - breakfast, lunch, dinner , $100/mo wellness benefit
    Team events

    Cons

    Doesn't walk-the-walk, often provides lip service to real problems and concerns
    Organizational structure and leadership is constantly shifting as are priorities of the different managers brought in.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Come and do the work you’re destined to"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dropbox can be an intimidating place - extremely smart & capable people, everyone moves fast, decisions happen quickly, tons of exciting work and projects to grab on to, but where to start…

    Then it hits you. Dropbox has made it possible for you to come and do your life’s work. It’s a place where you can do and be what you want to be. The culture and atmosphere buzzes from excitement & innovation and exudes passion.

    They make everyday decisions easy & painless so you can focus on the work that matters. From the incredible free food to quality healthcare to unlimited vacation to an environment where you’re free to work from where and how you want worry-free (which includes work/life balance).

    What you’re left with is the freedom and time to do the work you’re meant to do. And that’s when you graduate from intimidation to empowering.

    Cons

    Giving people the freedom to work how they want means dozens if not hundreds of ways of working. Email, meetings, slack, chat groups, wikis, paper docs, text, etc.

    It can be easy to fall in the trap of doing stuff vs. doing what matters.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage simplicity and free people from non-productive distractions (e.g. reply-all chains, documentation paralysis, etc.).


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Classism is rampant here"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There's a lot of hype about the food here and it is true that it's better than some of the cafeterias at Google.

    Cons

    Interesting bi-modal distribution of employees here who fall into one of two categories: recent grads from Harvard or MIT who are convinced they are "too good" for Google and miserable industry hires who have no where else to go.

    The narcissists who come here out of school feed their egos off the despair of the older developers.

    Don't come here if you didn't go to MIT!

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Dropbox more than 3.5 years. Was great early on and had some amazing people. Lots of my friends were there and I felt it was a supportive place.

    Cons

    The amazing people are gone. Didn't really see how I would grow there if I stayed. EPD sort of had things together by the time I left. The Operations part of the company world was very badly organized with lots of people churn.


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