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Dropbox Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2019

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Dropbox CEO Drew Houston
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59 Ratings
  1. "Takes care of employees"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cares about employees and tries to improve after gathering feedback.

    Cons

    Should move at faster pace.

    Dropbox2019-05-05
  2. "Great place to work, normal big company woes"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Big, successful tech company that makes money by selling a product rather than its users’ private data; product is beloved by many; practically limitless scope for career growth of individual contributors, without needing to transition to management; effective processes for high-level product and technical decision-making; great work/life balance; top-tier office and job perks.

    Cons

    Reorgs are common and engineers tend to move teams a lot, reducing incentives to write maintainable code; aggressive internal deadlines add incentives to write unmaintainable code in order to ship quickly; issues are bounced around as teams refute “ownership” of the code in question; no strong company-wide standard of people management is in evidence, and managers’ aptitude for the job varies; career advancement seems...

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    Advice to Management

    Take people management more seriously as a skill; work with technical leadership to foster a stronger culture around code quality.

    Dropbox2019-06-03
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people, tough problems to solve and fantastic food!

    Cons

    The legacy codebase slows down development, but is being refactored.

    Dropbox2019-04-12
  4. "Great Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are nice and willing to help each other. Lots of learning opportunities and able to make a real impact. Great benefit and perks.

    Cons

    Some legacy code, but it is quite common for all company.

    Dropbox2019-02-23
  5. "Nothing to complain"

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

    I have been working at Dropbox full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. Tons of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Grow pain. Very heavy context switching.

    Dropbox2019-02-20
  6. Helpful (4)

    "This company does not deserve to be on the any best to work list."

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

    I have been working at Dropbox for less than a year

    Pros

    Just that you get to eat / drink in the buliding.

    Cons

    Feels like working in construction zone. No good work ethics. Ton of politics.

    Advice to Management

    They should randomly and suddenly do a check on how their employees feel about work.

    Dropbox2019-01-28
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Seems great thus far!"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Dropbox full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Transparency is something that is great to see here - people are pretty open, willing to share information and willing to help you get acclimated. The tech culture seems somewhat mature but with a lot of room to grow as well, and no shortage of interesting problems still yet to solve, which can somewhat be an issue at a post-IPO company of this size. Ethically, this company seems to be in the right place and committed...

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      Cons

      Food in New York isn't as good as the amazing Tuck Shop in the SF headquarters!

      Dropbox2018-12-06
    • Helpful (1)

      "Not the top tier internship it used to be"

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

      I worked at Dropbox for less than a year

      Pros

      - Good food - Internship prepares you really well for future work

      Cons

      - Bad work life balance - Few new projects - Many people have no life outside of work

      Dropbox2018-11-28
    • Helpful (4)

      "Great place to work, although company vision is lacking"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Dropbox full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Unbeatable perks and wellness benefits, food, people, etc. Compensation is one of the highest in silicon valley after Netflix which is in the middle of nowhere. High employee happiness and great work life balance. Focuses a lot on growth and career advancement. Company and management are very invested in employees and employee retention.

      Cons

      Very young managers many of which who are ex-engineers. Many employees don't believe in the long term company vision. Company is struggling to differentiate itself from competitors.

      Dropbox2018-10-16

      Dropbox Response

      October 25, 2018Talent Brand Team

      We appreciate your review and perspective and glad to hear you're seeing the focus on growing and keeping our talent - we set a high bar and want to keep our teams happy. We have rolled out some Manager tools and trainings and there are more to come. Also, if you haven't had a chance ...

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    • "Excellent company"

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

      I have been working at Dropbox for 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

      Dropbox2018-06-10
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