Working At Dropbox Probably All Techbro Bromance All The Time
Ohai, Dropbox techbros. Whatcha doin’? Being bros? Making your workplace impossible for women before they even start? Being manchildren about everything from interviews to conference rooms? Cool story, bro!
[One woman explained] “When I interviewed for Dropbox, I was interviewed in a room called ‘The Break-up Room,’ by a male. It was right next to a room called the ‘Bromance Chamber.’ It felt weird I would be interviewed in such a strangely named conference room.”
Let’s pretend for a second that there is no sexism to having a “Bromance Chamber” at your dude-heavy company and talk about instead how it is just distressingly childish to name your conference rooms in such a fashion. No one EXCEPT an emotionally stunted person who has been coddled his whole work life, encouraged to be “quirky” because that’s just how techbros roll, is going to think it is cool to be interviewed in “The Break-Up Room.” Grown-ass people do not want to interview or work in rooms that sound like they were named by a reality TV team.
Dropbox’s problems go far beyond stupid conference room names, though. Let’s say you swallow your pride and brains and go to “The Breakup Room” for an interview. It will probably be a really good interview, right, and really get at your skill set and fitness for the job? Haha of course not.
“If someone came in right now and announced that the zombie apocalypse had just started outside, what would you do in the next hour? What is something that you’re geeky about? What is a superpower you would give to your best friend?”
Oh, FFS GROW UP. There is no shred of evidence that these type of questions get you good people.
They don’t lead to better hiring outcomes as Google learned. Its senior vice president for people operations, Laszlo Bock, said last June in an interview with the New York Times, “…we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.”
Well, looks like Dropbox Dudebros need all the help they can get in that department.
Valleywag points out that this isn’t necessarily explicit sexism, though there is really a critical lack of women in the tech profession AND at Dropbox, but that what it creates is a culture that de facto excludes the ladies.
That’s the insidiousness of culture fit. Combine the lack of women in leadership positions, the fratty conference room names, and comic book litmus test and Dropbox isn’t outright saying: no girls allowed. The message is more unconscious than that. We just want to hire people who “get” us, bro.
For real, we do not get Dropbox. We’re going to retreat to our office, which definitely does not have a fancy name, because it is really just the spare bedroom. It’s small, but at least it is a no bro zone.