Dropbox and Uber onsite experience

Facebook wQvA04
Mar 7 36 Comments

Thought I would share my onsite experience with dropbox and uber. Currently at FB E6 with TC ~570k. FB (7 YOE) is good but wanted to give a shot outside and see how things are (also nothing wrong to keep to those interview skills sharp)

Dropbox interview process is fairly straight forward. Phone screen coding and followed by onsite that has 2 coding rounds, 1 design, 1 with hiring manager and 1 where they drill down on your projects. The process was smooth and I really liked the people. They came across as really mature, smart and very friendly. I really liked the hiring manager and another engineer. They left 10 minutes to discuss their experiences at Dropbox and some of their toughest challenges. I felt the engineering challenges are great. The consistent downside I saw was that no one really displayed optimism about DB future.

The interview went well. I knocked coding (leetcode mediums) and other technical aspects. Got offer as IC3 with TC ~400k. I pushed for IC4 but got declined. Down-leveling is common in tech :(. Eventually I declined the offer

Pros: Really good culture, smart people, nice challenges, friendly folks
Cons: Felt the company is slow paced. Not really optimistic about future. TC is ok for IC3. Recruiting process is super slow

Uber interview process is similar as well except there is a bar raiser round (seems copied from Amazon). Phone screen was pretty trivial with coding (leetcode medium/hard). The onsite had 1 coding, 1 design, 1 on past projects, 1 with hiring manager and 1 bar raiser (with minor problem solving).

The tehchnical aspects went super good. Completed coding, problem solving easily. I felt these are a tad easier due to more practice. I really liked couple of engineers who did coding & design, felt they were handling interesting large scale reliability problems. The one on past projects and bar raiser went bad. I got super upset when the interviewer was trying to showcase superiority. They Nit-picked a great deal and argued how I am wrong (I handled the same problems at FB scale lol). Bar raiser was a joke. It is very similar to the one with hiring manager and I was super bored and tired (trust me this happens after 4 hours of non-stop discussion) with the same set of questions.

As expected I didn't get the offer.

Pros: Fast paced, people are more optimistic about growth, turn around time on the whole process is super amazing (just 1 week), large scale !!
Cons: culture is super bad, loop is not set properly, everyone was super serious, not friendly at all.

Trying to see if it make sense to go for Stripe/Lyft or Pinterest

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TOP 36 Comments
  • Dropbox Aoup12
    No offense to people at Uber, but by far, I have seen a lot of people at the company being self absorbed. Mostly in their late 20s or early 30s, and acting like years of industry experience with insurmountable knowledge for others to compete with them. Some of them just need a reality check.
    Mar 7 5
    • No offense, but I’d forgotten about Dropbox until I saw this thread.
      Mar 7
    • Microsoft / Eng MissingNo.
      I got the impression when I interviewed with Dropbox that they didn't care at all about me. Maybe it's because I didn't go to Stanford.
      Mar 7
    • Microsoft joyfill
      Uber has lots of Indians - I believe most of them didn’t go to ivy league undergrad. Most did masters in average school.
      Mar 7
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      Surprisingly my loop was all indians ...
      Mar 8
    • Microsoft joyfill
      Perhaps, the reject was a blessing in disguise if you are not Indian as you will be a discrimination candidate(unfortunately there are many racists from all over the world in tech). You would have been a PIP candidate to give others good review.
      Mar 8
  • Dropbox / Eng sweeeee
    Goddamn. 400k for IC3? I'm so underpaid....
    Mar 7 4
    • Facebook Hodinkee
      Is it FB e5 like?
      Mar 7
    • Dropbox / Eng sweeeee
      Yes.
      Mar 7
    • Dropbox / Eng kMhc18
      400k TC is near top of IC3 band, which makes sense if he was expecting IC4.
      Mar 7
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      Yes, 400 is near top of ic3 as confirmed by the recruiter.
      Mar 7
  • Dropbox Aoup12
    Proves my point above, SELF-ABSORBED 😂
    Mar 7 0
  • Amadeus Trick2g
    Thanks for sharing your interview experiences. I love your writing style with clear concise thoughts! You should have let the interviewer at Uber know your current tc to politely indicate that he has no credibility to nitpick on you when you have worked on projects at a bigger scale than him whilst making more money than him.
    Mar 7 1
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      haha. I didn't want confrontation.

      I did 300 interviewers at FB and usually want to leave good feel for the candidates no matter a hire/no-hire. Quite surprisingly I didn't see that maturity with couple of interviewers
      Mar 7
  • Airbnb / Eng caudex
    “Phone screen was pretty trivial”
    ...
    “leetcode hard”
    Mar 8 0
  • Uber zuckerr
    From your description, you missed the bar on the bar raiser not because of your technical skill.

    Do you often get mad at Facebook when a colleague pushes you on your design? We are interested in your people skills as well, especially when you are being interviewed for senior/staff level.
    Mar 7 5
    • Amadeus Trick2g
      Well that’s no excuse to just being a self righteous dick as an interviewer. Plus this guy works at fb making close to 400k tc. What credibility does your interviewer have to nitpick on this guy? Your interviewer should be lucky to get an on-site with fb actually lol 😂
      Mar 7
    • The TC he quoted is very likely due to FB stock appreciation. It is quite unlikely that he’d be offered anything like that if he interviewed at FB today. And it’s unlikely he’ll continue to enjoy such generous remuneration now that the market seems to have peaked.

      If you are impressed by inflated TCs, then, based on Uber’s 409a, he could have anticipated an increase of his “TC” by at least 50%, had he been successful.
      Mar 7
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      Yeah, i agree that i missed on people skills or something of that sort.

      No I don’t get mad when people push on my design. I get mad if people pass judgments regardless of what the data is showing and what the product requirements are. In any way I could have handled the situation much better though (may be something to work on in the future)
      Mar 7
    • Uber zuckerr
      I think OP got the point perfectly. It is also true that the interviewer could have been a dick.

      If the conversation gets to the nitpicking phrase, it is the good sign. It means you are technically qualified.
      Mar 7
    • Microsoft joyfill
      People skill = how to deal with a holes because they have so many of them.
      Mar 7
  • Microsoft M💰FT
    570k with 7 yoe? Holy fuck
    Mar 8 4
    • Airbnb / Eng caudex
      His initial grant was probably more modest, but the stock grew?
      Mar 8
    • Microsoft M💰FT
      Initial grant is not anything considering standard 4 year grant.
      Mar 8
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      I got additional stock awards in between that increased the TC
      Mar 8
    • Airbnb / Eng caudex
      Good for you
      Mar 8
  • Dropbox dabox
    Good summary! Sucks you didn't get IC4. I don't see many people get offers at that level btw. Typically, it's due to design and scope at your job.
    Mar 7 2
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      Yep. Ic4 is hard anywhere to get. Recruiter tried hard to find teams that match ic4 scope and i had to talk with multiple teams. Too bad it didn’t work
      Mar 7
    • Dropbox dabox
      Similar thing happened to me. Seems like they're just more careful with IC4 level. Well, glad you had a good experience, at least
      Mar 7
  • Did you go into the Uber interviews expecting them to be bad?
    Mar 7 2
    • Facebook wQvA04
      OP
      Not really. I have a good friend working there and said the culture changed a great deal over the last year. One of my friend who worked during 2016 had bad experiences which he shared a while back.

      The phone screen interviewer was also pretty nice, so I had no reason to suspect
      Mar 7
    • Ok, sorry to hear you had a bad experience.
      Mar 7
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    gullyboimore
    @Phlebotomy is jealous 😂
    Mar 7 0
  • Amazon NinaBina
    Good post! I was recently declined for a PM role at Uber and got the same impression from them. Arrogant and self-righteous.
    Mar 7 0
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    gullyboimore
    Did you join FB as a new grad?
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