Hardware Engineer

Dropbox (NASDAQ:DBX)

  • Location
    • San Francisco
  • Date Posted
  • 05 Mar 2020
  • Function
  • Engineering Hardware
  • Sector
  • Business Applications, Future Of Work

Company Description

Dropbox is the world’s first smart workspace that helps people and teams focus on the work that matters. With more than 600 million registered users across 180 countries, we’re on a mission to design a more enlightened way of working. Dropbox is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, and has 12 offices around the world.

Team Description

Our Tech Operations team scales security and reliability for our fast growing user base. This includes managing our network, hardware, and data centers, as well as creating the layer from which all Dropbox experiences are built. As our user base and product family continues to grow, tech operations is responsible for strengthening our foundation.

Role Description

We are looking for an experienced server hardware developer who can engage with our hardware technology vendors, partner with our internal customers to resolve our pain points & needs, and define & lead future hardware designs that will help scale our Dropbox Production Infrastructure that brings the best value to Dropbox users. You will play a critical role in defining and developing future server architectures that will enable us grow our infrastructure more efficiently and reliably.


Be the domain expert in server hardware; Participate in setting the company strategy around future hardware, talk about Dropbox hardware internally and externally, mentor junior engineers and help grow the next “hardware expert”

  • Scope and provide deep analyses on next generation hardware technologies to satisfy our growth and technical requirements
  • Expert in reading, understanding and applying hardware technical data sheets, block diagrams, schematics, layouts, specifications and standards
  • Build proof of concepts, define benchmarks, run tests and constantly able to develop prototypes to address performance/TCO/reliability issues
  • Work cross-functionally to define & design next generation servers that will meet our requirements and delivers step-function improvement to our infrastructure’s TCO, reliability or performance
  • Proficient in solving complex hardware problems and driving root cause analysis with minimal guidance


  • Degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering
  • 8+ years of server hardware industry experience
  • Solid understanding of X86 server architecture and server sub-systems
  • Experience in server design process, from conception to production
  • Experience in working with various type of vendors; commodity vendors and ODMs
  • Experience with server embedded firmwares / systems; bios and bmc

Working knowledge of Linux

  • Exceptional ability in debugging designs and complex hardware bugs
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills

Benefits and Perks

  • 100% company paid individual medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • 401k + company match

Market competitive total compensation package

Free Dropbox space for your friends and family

Wellness Reimbursement

Generous vacation policy

10 company paid holidays

Volunteer time off

Company sponsored tech talks (technology and other relevant professional topics)