Software Engineer - University Grad

Engineering Team | San Francisco, CA

Dropbox is the home for your most important stuff—now we're bringing it to life with a growing family of products. 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.

Our engineering team is architecting a family of products that handle over a billion files a day. We take on the complexities of technology that affect everyday life, so that people can get back to living and doing their best work.

At Dropbox, we’re building the home for people’s most important stuff—their photos, docs, and other treasured information. Our small team of engineers builds the growing family of products that seamlessly handle over a billion files a day for over 300 million users. While we've built a great foundation, we've only just begun.

Our engineering team is passionate about building awesome products at massive scale. We've developed a set of values that enable us to do this. Specifically, we write great software and sweat the details, relentlessly focus on impact, and create an enduring culture. Creating elegant products begins with lots of hacking and iteration to explore the problem space. It culminates in careful attention to edge cases and error handling, polished code, and great tests to ensure that we ship reliable code that never compromises data integrity or security. Every Dropbox software release improves millions of lives, and you'll find a high petabyte-to-engineer ratio here. We're aggressive about shipping high-leverage projects, even if they're risky or novel. We care deeply about collaboration, feedback, and iteration. Trust and respect are deeply rooted in our engineering culture.

At the heart of Dropbox lies the largest networked filesystem in history. We routinely tackle audacious challenges, often against competitors who have 10-50x our resources. On top of this foundation, we're creating products that enable people to do amazing things with their stuff across all their devices. (See responsibilities.)


  • We're building infrastructure to manage metadata for hundreds of billions of files, hundreds of petabytes of user data, and millions of concurrent connections.
  • The Dropbox Platform is the fabric connecting over 300,000 of the world's apps, devices, and services. Our team is redefining "sync" for a mobile era.
  • We relentlessly measure and optimize, and we're building one of the industry's most advanced analytics platforms to derive meaning from vast amounts of data.
  • Our core mobile team crafts the data and networking layers that enable rapid product innovation across Android, iOS, and mobile web.
  • Our lightweight clients push the boundaries of OS integration on Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and Linux. For example, on OS X we had to reverse-engineer the Finder to show current file sync status, and on Android and iOS we’ve optimized JSON parsing and built custom bitmap caches to present lightning-fast views of tens of thousands of photos.
  • Millions of businesses around the world run on Dropbox, from your neighborhood corner store all the way up to Fortune 500 companies. We're building Dropbox for Business to help teams be more productive and collaborative.
  • We're reinventing email with Mailbox, a mobile-first inbox that helps people focus and simplify their lives.
  • People store and share billions of photos on Dropbox, and we’ve created Carousel to help people organize and share a lifetime of memories.


  • We’re looking for brilliant engineers with 0-2 years experience who are hungry to take Dropbox even further. If these large-scale projects resonate, we'd love to learn more about you and find out if we can work together.
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