Software Engineer - New York

Engineering Team | New York, NY

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 thousands of complex parts that seamlessly handle over a billion files a day for over 300 million users, while delivering a product that's easy enough for your grandparents to use. While we've built a great foundation, we've only just begun.

The New York City office has a small, talented team working on impactful projects that are essential to Dropbox’s success. As an early member of Dropbox NYC Engineering, you’ll have the unique opportunity to build critical product features and infrastructure while shaping the direction of the team and the office.

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 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'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 a collaborative culture. Creating elegant products begins with lots of prototyping 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 a reliable product 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.

Responsibilities

  • Help millions of businesses around the world who run on Dropbox, from your neighborhood corner store all the way up to Fortune 500 companies; build Dropbox for Business to help teams be more productive and collaborative
  • Build infrastructure to manage metadata for hundreds of billions of files, hundreds of petabytes of user data, and millions of concurrent connections
  • Create a platform that is the fabric connecting over 100 thousand of the world's apps, devices, and services; redefine "sync" for a mobile era (see the inaugural DBX conference for more)
  • Relentlessly measure and optimize, and build one of industry's most advanced analytics platforms to derive meaning from vast amounts of data
  • Craft the data and networking layers that enable rapid product innovation across Android, iOS, and mobile web
  • 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 have built custom bitmap caches to present lightning-fast views of tens of thousands of photos.
  • Enable our users to store and share billions of memories on Dropbox, and make these experiences delightful, from our mobile photo uploaders and web albums to a host of exciting features that will launch over the next few months
  • Reinvent email with Mailbox, a mobile-first inbox that helps people focus and simplify their lives even more

Requirements

  • We’re looking for brilliant engineers who are hungry to take Dropbox even further. If these large-scale projects resonate and you would like to strongly influence the direction and culture of our New York office, we'd love to learn more about you and find out if we can work together.
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