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Dropbox Engineering Career Framework
IC1 Software Engineer
I deliver lots of high quality production-ready code with direction from the team
Scope
Area of ownership and level of autonomy / ambiguity
Collaborative Reach
Organizational reach and extent of influence
Impact Levers
Technical levers typically exercised to achieve business impact
  • I execute on defined tasks and contribute to solving problems with defined solutions.
  • I work within the scope of my team with specific guidance from my manager/TL
  • Craft - I primarily focus on improving my craft as an engineer

trophy Results

Responsibility
Key Behaviors
Impact
  • I work with my manager to prioritize tasks that add the most value and deliver high-quality results for my customer
  • I understand and effectively participate in the core processes of my team (planning, on-call rotations, bug triage, metrics review, etc)
Ownership
  • I follow through on my commitments, take responsibility for my work, and deliver my work on time
  • I ask questions to clarify expectations 
  • I own my failures and learn from them
Decision Making
  • I escalate to my manager when I get stuck and reflect on ways that I can improve from my mistakes

glowing star Direction

Responsibility
Key behaviors
Agility / Innovation
  • I share new ideas and can adapt my work when circumstances change

deciduous tree Talent

Responsibility
Key Behaviors
Personal growth 
  • I'm open to and act upon feedback from my manager and peers
  • I'm gaining self-awareness about my strengths and areas for development
  • I have a high standard of excellence for my work
Hiring
 
  • I am learning to interview and assess candidates to help us build a diverse and talented team. I consistently provide timely, detailed, and evidence-based interview feedback.
  • I am able to represent my team’s initiatives and goals to candidates in a compelling way

rainbow Culture

Responsibility
Key Behaviors
Collaboration
  • I can effectively collaborate to get work done
  • I work with my manager to manage conflict with empathy in mind
Organizational health
  • I listen to different perspectives and I remove biases from my words and actions 
  • I practice the Dropbox Diversity Commitments on a regular basis
Communication
  • I write and speak clearly
  • I listen to understand others and ask clarifying questions
  • I share relevant information on my project including difficult task-level trade-offs that impact the product to my manager and team (including product/business partners).

owl Craft

My primary craft focus is on learning the fundamentals of reading and writing code within a large, long-lived codebase, gaining familiarity with the technologies in my area of work, and learning to work against plans and schedules.
Responsibility
Key Behaviors
Code Fluency
  • I translate ideas into clear code, written to be read as well as executed
  • My code is free of glaring errors - bugs are in edge cases or design, not mainline paths - and is well documented and well tested with appropriate use of manual vs automated tests
  • I’m capable of reading and navigating functions and classes/modules that I didn’t write
  • I am learning to tackle coding tasks with high throughput while maintaining appropriately high quality; I optimize for either speed or quality, depending on the explicitly stated needs of my team