Dropbox Engineering Career Framework
M7 Senior Engineering Director
I deliver results against either a portfolio of strategic company level business objectives (or keys components of the EPD mission) or a single strategic objective with significant complexity
Area of ownership and level of autonomy / ambiguity
Collaborative Reach
Organizational reach and extent of influence
Impact Levers
Organizational levers typically exercised to achieve business impact
  • I am fully accountable for delivering results against a portfolio of strategic objectives directly supporting company or EPD level business objectives over a two to three year time horizon.
  • I am able to masterfully guide my org to impactful outcomes in the face of significant organizational, strategic and technical ambiguity, misalignment and change.
  • I substantially impact the way engineering as a whole functions and influence partner functions through organizational, people, and process insights and initiatives in complex situations.
  • I anticipate challenges for and influence the direction of EPD as a whole even when faced with significant misalignment.
  • I hold myself and the managers reporting to me accountable for delivering direct business impact through effectively structuring and managing a complex engineering organization.
  • In collaboration with cross-functional partners, VPs, and Directors, I define and motivate the strategic objectives against which my reports will operate.
  • In addition to driving the full talent lifecycle of my org, I am a champion for high-performance culture across the company and generate excitement for delivering on business outcomes.

trophy Results

Key Behaviors
  • I drive the most important priorities for the company that create the highest value for my customer
  • I know when to shut down company-wide initiatives that don't create value and how to re-structure my team's or org's roles and goals
  • I know which levers to pull to drive meaningful results and consider company-wide implications of my team's work
  • My teams plan for and executes on either a portfolio of strategic objectives or a single strategic objective with significant complexity
  • I have a sense of responsibility and obligation to act on opportunities I see across the company
  • I hold those reporting to me accountable for delivering the results needed by the organization and ensure that investments are appropriately prioritized across my portfolio of objectives
Decision Making
  • I act thoughtfully and decisively in critical situations even when making challenging or unpopular decisions
Operational Excellence
  • I ensure the right balance of operational excellence, innovation, and speed across teams against company-level goals 
  • I am skillful in detecting and addressing the situations where my personal attention is required while otherwise allowing my Directors to own their strategic objectives

glowing star Direction

Key Behaviors
  • I drive transformation for the company, help other leaders champion change, and generate excitement for change across Dropbox 
  • I push boundaries and generate ideas—even if they are risky—that drive the greatest company-wide impact
  • I create an environment that fosters innovation and helps Dropboxers take smart risks and learn from failures. I define strategic objectives that provide space to develop bold new ideas. I develop my own informed opinions on how Dropbox should leverage or guard against industry and market trends
  • I deeply understand what is happening in the business and in the market. I use this understanding to collaborate with my cross-functional partners, VP, and Directors to define a long-term vision for my org/EPD
  • I anticipate challenges for and influence the direction of my teams or org, even when faced with significant misalignment, to execute work toward that vision  

deciduous tree Talent

Key Behaviors
Personal Growth
  • I proactively ask for feedback from those I work with and have self-awareness about my strengths and areas for development
  • I drive discussions with my manager about aspirational goals and seek out opportunities to learn and grow
  • I invest time in being a better manager and leader
  • I attract senior and diverse talent to Dropbox and have a strong followership across the company
  • I am actively involved in interviewing and assessing executive leadership candidates. I look holistically at our hiring processes/standards and help drive improvements
  • I take a holistic approach to talent engagement and retention across my teams/org
Talent Development
  • I champion a high-performance culture across the company, create an environment for continuous growth and development, and identify career opportunities for Dropboxers across teams
  • I am an expert at both hiring and growing Directors, and I know what great looks like across all of the Core Responsibilities
  • In addition to executing the responsibilities of a direct manager and leader of my organization effectively, I operate against the long term talent needs of the engineering function as a whole
Organizational planning
  • I have a clear succession plan and build a strong bench that sets my team up for success in the future for key roles on my team with a long-term view 
  • I invest in developing a pipeline of future leaders for Dropbox
  • I help prioritize and structure the engineering organization to successfully execute against a portfolio of investments
  • I give my Directors scope to drive the talent lifecycle for their groups, and know when I need to step in and go deep

rainbow Culture

Key Behaviors
  • I remove barriers to collaboration across Dropbox 
  • I influence and build relationships with leaders across the company while expertly navigating organizational dynamics
Organizational Health
  • I sponsor community-building efforts and inclusion initiatives
  • I shape Dropbox's culture and personify its values. I work to elevate existing standards while coaching my reports on how to do the same
  • I drive engineering or org-wide efforts to ensure a consistent and strong culture while keeping in mind org-wide culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • I am capable of debugging and addressing even the gnarliest organizational health issues
  • I practice vigilance in surfacing cultural issues that might not be explicitly raised to me. I proactively solicit feedback from my team on culture and leverage tools at hand (e.g. Pulse, Soapbox) to gain deeper insight into my team
  • When I become aware of any lapse in my team’s culture, I communicate and work with my leadership team follow through on plans to correct and prevent recurrence of the lapse
  • I communicate complex, challenging, or unpopular ideas with poise and conviction and gain commitment from others 
  • I engage in executive-level communications and represent Dropbox effectively in external forums