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Dropbox

Dropbox is the one place to keep life organized and keep work moving. With more than 700 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 offices around the world.

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One Park Place, 5th floor,, Hatch Street Upper,, Dublin, Dublin 2
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Industry Information Technology and Services
Company size:   1,001-5,000 employees
Industry:   Information Technology and Services
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One Park Place, 5th floor,
Hatch Street Upper,
Dublin
Dublin 2
 
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Dropbox has kept up with the changing workplace by introducing flexible working with many employees working remotely. However, they also see the importance of working in person at times, therefore they have created collaborative spaces called Dropbox Studios for team-building. While there are some exceptions, employees are ultimately able to design their work schedules to what best suits them. 

What we love about Dropbox:

💡 Core collaborative hours that line up with different time zones to get teams together and work collaboratively. 

💡 Employees have the choice to decide their work schedules. 

💡 Dropbox is a Virtual First company which they believe will lead to a more diverse workforce as it allows them to hire from different backgrounds. 

What's worth checking about Dropbox: 

💡 There are some exceptions to the flexible arrangements, for example, while some employees may be able to relocate outside of the location where they have offices, this may not possible for others based on their role and team.

Articles about Dropbox:

💡 Dropbox will let all employees work from home permanently as it turns its offices into WeWork-like 'collaborative spaces' 

💡 Dropbox Tossed Out the Workplace Rulebook. Here’s How That’s Working

Flexible Working Approach

Dropbox is a virtual first company. Remote work (outside an office) will be the primary experience for all employees and the day-to-day default for individual work.

Location Strategy: 

And, once it’s safe to do so, we’ll continue to facilitate a cadence of in-person collaboration and team gathering either through our existing real estate or other flexible spaces. We’ll call these collaborative spaces Dropbox Studios, and we’ll have Studios in all locations we currently have offices—whether they’re dedicated spaces in places we currently have long-term leases and a high concentration of employees (San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and Dublin to start) or on-demand spaces in other geographies. Every employee aligned to one of our offices will have access to a Studio. To ensure a fair and consistent employee experience, we felt it was important to be prescriptive about how these spaces are used—so Dropbox Studios will be specifically for collaboration and community-building, and employees will not be able to use them for solo work.

While there may be some exceptions based on team and role, employees will also have flexibility to relocate outside of locations where we currently have offices. There will be some parameters but the choices will be much greater. As a result, we expect Dropbox to become more geographically distributed over time, and hope this offers our teams more choices in where they live, work, and hire from. Utilization of Dropbox Studios will vary by team needs, so we may set up new ones as our geographic distribution and employee concentration changes.

Non-linear workdays: 

We’re embracing what we call “non-linear workdays.” We’re setting core collaboration hours with overlap between time zones, and encouraging employees to design their own schedules beyond that. As our workforce grows more distributed, this will help balance collaboration with needs for individual focus. We want to prioritize impact and results instead of hours worked.

Employee Experience: 

Finally, we’re designing the whole employee experience around Virtual First, from IT to HR. We’ll invest in a holistic ecosystem of resources, including a dedicated team, to support employees and track our progress by measuring impacts on productivity, engagement, and culture so we can continue to adapt. As a first step, we’ve developed a Virtual First Toolkit, which we’re also open-sourcing here, so that we can add to it and share our learnings as we go.

FLEXIBASE WORKING PATTERNS DEFINITIONS
Flexi-Time: This is a working schedule that allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, usually to accomodate an individuals needs and other commitments outside of work.
Core Hours / Staggered Hours: Core hours refer to specific times an organisation requires an employee to work, for example 10am to 4pm. Staggered hours are when an employee has different start and finish times from other workers.
Compressed Hours: This is where an employee increases the volume of hours worked each day in order to reduce the number of days worked.
Full-time: A full-time employee works between 35 and 40 hours per week, usually on a permanent contract.
FLEXIBASE WORKPLACE DEFINITIONS
Hybrid Working (Office / Home): This means an employee splits their time between the workplace (usually office based) and remote working (usually at home).
Remote or Mobile Working: This is a type of working arrangement that allows an employee to work from a remote location outside of corporate offices.
Work From Home (WFH): This is where an employee has the ability to set up their workspace at home, and manage their work without the need to go to the office.
FLEXIBASE LIFE EVENT DEFINITIONS
Career Breaks / Sabbatical: These are an extended periods of agreed absence from work. The term is often used interchangeably with "sabbatical", which is generally taken to mean a shorter period of leave of several weeks or months.

*Please note that not all flexible working options may not be available for every role.

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