A Q&A with Shannon Toomey
It's hard to imagine life without Dropbox (how would we store and share files?!) but for their employees, it's harder to imagine life without working at Dropbox! From their amazing benefits to their holistic approach to wellness, to their intentional ways to make your life as a Dropbox employee easier, they pride themselves on making sure all people feel supported and connected at work no matter what.
Cue Shannon Toomey. Shannon has been working at Dropbox for over a year and a half as a Technical Sourcer, and she's looking for people with the creative energy needed to skyrocket their technology to the next level. Interested in joining? Click here to see all open opportunities at Dropbox, and don't forget to press 'Follow'!
What are some of your responsibilities as a Technical Sourcer?
Shannon Toomey: I sit on the Engineering Sourcing team with a passion for candidates from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds. I split my time between sourcing/engaging candidates, moving them through our interview process and advocating for them, as well as working on cross-functional projects to ensure our hiring practices are fair and inclusive.
What do you love most about working at Dropbox?
ST: The people! I was immediately drawn to the communities at Dropbox in my first interview. There's such an energizing quality to working with such intelligent, kind, and curious people.
If you could describe the culture at Dropbox in one word, what would it be?
ST: Delightful :) Our fifth company value is a cupcake, which to me embodies the spirit of the company. Dropbox is continuously building a culture around personal autonomy and empowerment, while never sacrificing warmth and friendliness.
What traits are you looking for in your next team member?
ST: I'm always excited to work with individuals who are unafraid to challenge the status quo, committed to building a strong culture on their team or workplace, excited to share their new favorite musicians/podcasts, and can hopefully all up-level each other by sharing experiences and ideas!
Why did you decide to partner with PowerToFly?
ST: I love the mission and realness of the platform and people behind it. I think the best thing humans can do for each other is show up, and this gives everyone a chance to do so.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in working at Dropbox?
ST: Absolutely! You don't have to be a lifelong user of Dropbox, but ask engaging questions about where we've been and where we're going. Our recruiting team is very friendly and open to conversations, as are most other Dropboxers - so don't hesitate to reach out/apply!
On September 13th, PowerToFly co-hosted an exclusive evening for software engineers, web engineers, data engineers and other women in tech featuring women tech leaders from some of San Francisco's most exciting companies: collaboration platform Dropbox, online marketplace LendingClub, personal genetics company Helix, and sleep and wellness innovator Thrive Global.
Held at ConnectionsSF, who helped sponsor the event, the night kicked off with a chance to network with both the tech women leaders and hiring teams from each of our featured companies before transitioning into a panel discussion and audience Q&A, moderated by PowerToFly's Cristina Duke. Our panelists included:
- Aisha Ferrazares, Software Engineer/Tech Lead at Dropbox
- Rani Powers, Computational Biologist at Helix
- Samantha Berg, Senior Manager, Design at LendingClub
- Yardley Pohl, Chief Product Officer at Thrive Global
All four of our featured companies are hiring so check out their pages on PowerToFly to learn more about their open roles.
PowerToFly's Cristina Duke greets our attendees.
A packed house!
Yardley Pohl, Rani Powers, Samantha Berg and Aisha Ferrazares with Cristina Duke
Our panel took questions from the audience.
Kari shares a little about herself and what feminist energy means to her
Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Dropbox. Go to Dropbox's Page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Our mission at Dropbox is to unleash the world's creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working. Creative energy is the force inside everyone that drives them to be inventive, imaginative and solve big problems — it's not about being a "creative person" so much as approaching work with possibility and optimism. Our Women's employee resource group took the idea one step further and created an internal campaign, "This is Feminist Energy" and asked Dropboxers what feminist energy means to them. In celebration of Women's History Month, we'll be featuring Dropboxers and sharing their thoughts on feminist energy.
Q: What is your name, what office do you work out of and how long have you been at Dropbox?
A: My name is Kari Yen and I'm based out of our SF/HQ office. I've been a Dropboxer since August 2017.
Q: What is your current role at Dropbox?
A: I'm a Program Manager under the Trust and Privacy team under Legal. I work on projects that protect our company from those who want to cause us trouble.
Q: What are your hobbies? Or what can we find you doing on the weekends?
A: I'm an ultra marathoner and competed in the Empire State Building run and I'm currently training to qualify for the Boston Marathon.(left)Kari at the Mermaid Series, an all women's triathlon in Capitola (right) At the San Francisco Marathon
Q: What does feminist energy mean to you?
A: To me, feminist energy means realizing you're not alone with your viewpoints and thought process and there's a supportive community of other females here to listen and support you.
Q: Are there any present-day inspirational Women figures in your life?
A: My grandmother inspires me everyday, both personally and professionally to push myself outside my comfort zone and to believe in myself when no one else does.Kari and her grandmother
Q: Do you have any thoughts/suggestions on how we can better celebrate Women throughout the year?
A: Give women more opportunities to speak and present so they can be seen and heard. We should be encouraging women to speak up in meetings and ensure the mix of speakers on panels and on stages are evenly split.
Q: Anything else, you'd like to share?
A: I'm grateful to be working with such empowering and inspiring women here at Dropbox. I can't wait to see what the rest of 2018 brings for all #womenintech!
Check back soon to meet more Dropboxers. In the meantime visit us our jobs on PowerToFly. Dropbox is growing, grow with us!