At Dropbox, our sourcing and recruiting teams are always looking for the best possible candidates that represent a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and identities. But it’s especially important on our diversity sourcing team, which specifically focuses on building this side of Dropbox’s culture. Monique Parker, a diversity sourcer on the engineering team, told us why she feels it’s so important that she helps to fill engineering roles at Dropbox with diversity in mind.
Can you tell us a little about your background and journey to Dropbox?
I come from a recruiting background, both inside and outside of engineering. I’m from Seattle originally, but had moved to Texas for another company, and came over to Dropbox for the opportunity to work on diversity within engineering. It’s been a huge opportunity to infiltrate the industry and figure out better ways to diversify at Dropbox.
What’s it like being a member of the sourcing team? And why do you enjoy being a sourcer?
It’s fun and challenging, and there is plenty of opportunity to be creative. I really like our team; everyone has different skill sets and interests and we all come from different backgrounds, so we have a lot to offer. And we all work really well collaboratively, which is something I look for in a job. There are a lot of opportunities in recruiting in general to work with others and build. Another reason why I love it is because there are no real barriers to trying new things. You can say, “I see we don’t have x thing in place,” and our bosses will say, “okay, go for it.” There’s a lot of space to try new things, which is really exciting.
How have you seen your team grow or change during your time at Dropbox?
As far as member count goes, we’ve grown so much. We had a small team initially in Austin, with a few people in remote sites and a medium sized group in San Francisco. But since May 2018, we’ve grown a ton. There’s a definite change in feeling when it comes to our team — we’ve been able to prove why we’re valuable and why Dropbox needs us. We’ve also shifted how we function and what we focus on. There’s been a lot of experimentation and talk about whether we should have different teams focus on specific verticals and industries, and we’re still figuring that out.
How do you think the sourcing team plays a part in diversity and inclusion at Dropbox?
We make a huge impact. When it comes to sourcing outside applicants who are not actively applying to Dropbox, most of our candidates come from the diversity sourcing team. Dropbox has done a great job as far as publicly saying these are our goals, and diversity is at the top of the list, so we’re able to get everyone behind it, the greater sourcing team as well.
When we’re looking for diverse engineers, it all starts from the top down, so we try to bring in diverse management and upper level engineers as well. It’s one thing to say “we are diverse” but have bunch of white guys working as managers. It’s another thing to say it, but prove that we really do value this and show that this is who we have working here. Dropbox has done a great job at raising those numbers and diversifying those teams so it’s actually true.
Why do you think diversity is important at work?
I am an African American female, so I like to be in places where they don’t just talk the talk but walk the walk too. Dropbox really does walk it, and they put a lot of resources behind diversity recruiting, especially within engineering, a field in which if you see it, you feel like you can achieve that. If we have minority and gender-diverse management, the next wave of people coming in will see the next level of people who look like them and they can relate to, and they will believe they can reach these roles. Getting your foot in the door is one thing, but once you get your foot in the door and see that it’s actually attainable, it makes a huge impact on the company. That’s why I love what I do.
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