When we announced our move to Virtual First, and knew that we would no longer be working out of our offices, we wanted to help support Dropboxers in the ways that are most important to them and create a benefits program that was as flexible as possible. The result: The Dropbox Perks Allowance!

Prior to the launch of the Perks Allowance in 2021, we had a variety of programs, partnership offerings, and stipends that had different limits, different processes for getting reimbursed, and were sometimes simply underused because they just didn’t fit all employee needs. …


Collaboration has always been at the heart of the way we operate at Dropbox — and in a remote working environment brought on by the pandemic, the importance of working together has only intensified. When our engineers, product managers, and designers work closer together and share better relationships and common goals, they ultimately empower each other to do their best work and create better products.

With the announcement of Virtual First, our new workplace strategy that allows Dropboxers across the globe to work where and how best suits them, we knew we needed to adjust how we collaborate as teams…


To move an entire company with hundreds of employees across the globe into a Virtual First work strategy, it takes more than a village. It takes strong, fearless leaders who listen to their people and work in the best interest of all employees no matter what — many of whom, at Dropbox, are women. Their stories of how they led us into the unknown across their different departments are truly inspiring. On the People side, there was one woman who was responsible for leading this massive shift: Melanie Collins, our Chief People Officer.

Melanie Collins

Like many organizations, we didn’t anticipate our…


No matter which team they sit on, our women in leadership play a priceless role in our success here at Dropbox. Especially as we’ve navigated the move to a Virtual First environment, they’ve been integral in empowering our teams to continue helping the world work better, no matter where they work. As part of Women’s History Month, we asked some of our leaders about the challenges they’ve faced, and how they’ve overcome those obstacles to make Dropbox a better (virtual) place for everyone.

What role have you played in Dropbox’s transition to Virtual First?

“As Dropbox transitioned from in-office work…


As new tech companies pop up every day, and as more people plan careers in tech, it can be difficult to choose between so many companies — especially when cool perks, unique experiences, and great benefits are commonplace offerings. But one thing that helps potential team members make their decision, because it truly shows what an organization is really all about, is company values.

At Dropbox, our values are absolutely integral to everything we do. Every team member, past and present, has played a part in helping us define what really matters to us — and how these foundational beliefs…


March is Women’s History Month and we’re celebrating with the theme “Choose to Challenge,” a message of solidarity and allyship. It highlights the roles that all identities can play in challenging norms, stereotypes, and bias. We chatted with Womens@ co-DRIs Chantal Salazar and Tessa Chen about this month’s theme and what they’re choosing to challenge.

What is the theme for this year’s Women’s History month and how did this concept come to be?

Chantal: Our theme this year is “Choose to Challenge.” We actually had a lot of great ideas to choose from — everything from our first Madam VP…


Today is officially Employee Appreciation Day (a very official holiday!), and we thought it was as good a day as any to thank our Dropboxers for all the great work they do. It’s been a challenging year for all, but we came together in unprecedented ways — ways that once again remind us that it’s truly our people who make working at Dropbox so special.

We checked in with some of our leaders, and they shared a little of what they appreciate the most about Dropboxers:

“One thing that has always blown me away about Dropboxers in particular is how…


Music is one of the few forces in the world that has the power to universally unite people across all backgrounds and cultures. It can be an escape, an outlet for expression and creativity, an emotional release — and most of all, a source of joy.

Over the life of our BlackDropboxers ERG, music has played an important part of the festivities and connection. And while we can’t celebrate Black History Month together in person this year, BlackDropboxers and the Music @ Home team teamed up together to create a legendary LP featuring their favorite Black musicians and albums.

Earlier…


Tina Le (left), Olivia Ho (right)

Everyone’s path to becoming a software engineer is a little different. Some start coding in middle school, while others begin to dabble in high school or college — and some discover development as their true career calling when they least expect it.

That’s why we’ve developed IGNITE, a six-month Dropbox apprenticeship program geared towards professionals with non-traditional software engineering backgrounds who are looking to start or re-start their professional career. For several years, budding engineers from all different backgrounds have made their way through the program and back out into a new career.

One of our most recent graduates is…


Let’s face facts: a lot has happened since Black History Month last year. We’ve witnessed major world events that have flipped the way we see the world on its head — most of which came accompanied by a heightened awareness of the injustice and pain that many Black people still experience.

In response, our BlackDropboxers wanted to search for the moments of light, truth, and love that mark our progress toward a brighter future. This vision defined the theme for Black History Month 2021: Black Joy. …

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