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Dropbox Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance is excellent both on a weekly basis and regarding vacation" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Smart people, collaborative & social culture" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "Growing pains as the company grows from a small, agile startup to something bigger that needs more process" (in 30 reviews)

  • "I found the work/life balance really bad" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent company"

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

    I have been working at Dropbox (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent company
    - Got most things right

    Cons

    - Staying for a really long time makes you run into incompetent members of the leadership


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    - Open and friendly work culture. A very inclusive and thoughtful work place where everyone can feel at home
    - Very strong perks
    - Competitive comp

    Cons

    - Slow to make important product and strategy decisions. Makes decisions by committee, not by executive vision
    - Certain teams have incredible influence despite very little actual influence on the business

    Advice to Management

    Don't worry about appeasing everyone. Learn to execute quickly, especially on near-term objectives. There's no need to overplan and do so much work about work

  3. "Solid place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    People and culture are as good as you'll find. Smart, motivated, largely apolitical.

    Cons

    Food is too good, you get fat if you're not careful.


  4. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    Pros

    Culture, people, benefits, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Constant change can be negative for some


  5. "A+"

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

    I worked at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    Just loved working there. People were incredible. Company made very values-based decisions. Technical competency super high.

    Cons

    Becoming a mature company. Not as much opportunity as there used to be, but prob still good relative to stable companies.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let going public make you too short-cited.


  6. "Great!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy. Still feels small enough. Great food. Lots of problems still to solve.

    Cons

    Lots of problems to still solve, some would prefer the hard problems were solved already.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    - Pay
    - Location
    - Free food

    Cons

    - Stressful deadlines
    - Competitive coworkers
    - Strict bosses

  8. "Lots of Energy but Often Misdirected"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time

    Pros

    Really smart, passionate people in all facets of the job. Food and soft benefits are fantastic and unrivaled by most other companies.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, being in a crowded market requires us to make product bets that often turn out to be dead ends or put pressure on backend infrastructure.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great working enviorment!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 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

    love the people. My manager is awesome. Amazing 5 star food everyday is nice too

    Cons

    can be a bit chaotic. Still feels like a fast-moving culture despite the size, but this can make you miss the stability


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Not a good place for developers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Name recognition, nice food, rooftop garden
    Some interesting cultural events

    Cons

    Before applying to Dropbox it's important to understand the company's core competency is marketing and design, not software engineering. This is why, even though Box came before Dropbox and Dropbox has many similar competitors, Dropbox maintains the majority of mindshare and the lead in the consumer cloud storage space.

    That being said, concerns of developers here are always weighed less than that of marketing and design. The developers are seen as replaceable and a cost center. In fact, everyone's Dropbox internal company profile has a counter saying "been here longer than X% of Dropboxers." After 3 months, it's over 10%. This isn't because the company is growing by leaps and bounds, but because their modus operandi is to burn out the software engineers and throw them away.

    Given the marketing culture, this is the sort of place where you will be judged by what you wear and what brands you buy -- unusual for software engineers. If you don't have strong interpersonal skills or the desire to join cliques you won't make it here. Everything at Dropbox is about social status and branding.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest about what you're hiring for.
    Stop suckering people in only to fire them a few months later.


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