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Staff Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA (US)) in May 2018.

Interview

Recruiter contacted me on linkedin and sent me hackerrank assessment to complete. I asked for 1 week and recruiter said okay, I submitted the assessment on weekend and emailed recruiter and the email bounced. Tried again with same result.

Apparently recruiter moved to a different company(linkedin update) with no hand-off whatsoever after sending me the assessment to complete. I wasn't in contact with other recruiters for the position. This was by far the worst experience I have had, at a minimum be courteous of candidate's time especially if you contact them.

Interview Questions

  • hackerrack assessment with 2 coding problems and several domain specific multiple choice questions   1 Answer

Other Interview Reviews for VMware

  1. Helpful (2)  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA (US)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Initial introduction calls with a recruiting agent, technical phone screen, then an onsite interview event. VMware is pretty relaxed: during the interview event they let you have 15 minutes between interviewers and let you kinda ramble unsupervised through their offices. After I got an initial offer, they invited me back to their campus to have lunch with my future bosses/managers.

    The process was made longer because during the process my recruiting/hiring contact quit VMware so the new person was completely lost.

    The interview itself was awkward because multiple interviewers asked me how and why I'd possibly put job experience before getting a college degree onto my CV. This is the moment I decided I don't want to work here, no matter how much money I'm offered - ie very early in the interview process this employer went from "want to work here" to "will use them to boost other offers."

    Interview Questions

    • Implement a singleton   1 Answer
    • How does Spring initialize private fields with no constructor args and no setters?   2 Answers
    • In a non-directed graph, count the number of subgraphs (not necessarily fully connected, just subgraphs in general). Discuss why and how you'd optimize this given different number of vertices, different density/completion of the graph, etc...   Answer Question
    • Design a network file system: which operations of a POSIX file system are you going to support, how would you organize the hardware, how does the communication work, how are the files stored, etc... discuss all design decisions in terms of the CAP theorem, be able to spot hot-spots and single points of failure.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The interviewer attitude seemed very toxic and I had no intention of working near such people. Line and upper management was cool, but you don't get to work with them daily.


  2.  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA (US)) in July 2015.

    Interview

    A former colleague of mine was already working at VMware and he and I connected ahead of time over lunch at VMware along with a project manager he worked alongside with. This was where I was able to ask questions ranging from bad to good, and soft-ball to aggressive without worrying about my interview performance. We all decided we were excited about the prospect and wanted to move forward.

    I came in during an interview event but was interviewed separately. I met my potential manager, potential tech lead, and several really great engineers. I was asked technical questions about algorithms, file system design, and a coding question where the focus was on not having bugs on a whiteboard.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you design a transactional file system?   1 Answer
  3.  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA (US)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed for a Windows Developer Position. Had a phone screen on basic windows kernel calls and driver development . Onsite interview went over projects I worked on and Windows Kernel mode and user mode concepts .

    Interview Questions


  4.  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA (US)).

    Interview

    Phone screen interview.
    On-site interview - 5 hours, engineers and managers.
    You can have follow up phone interviews after that as well.
    Interview with HR.
    HR is negotiating the offer.
    They are not in the rush, it's not recommended to take the first offer.
    Some folks had like a 6 months negotiation back and forth.

    Interview Questions

    • Know your staff, there are many experienced folks,
      be prepared to talk about what you have on your resume.
      Coding questions standard for industry.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They are not in a rush, products are not treated as mission critical. You can negotiate over a couple of months, if you have time. Be patient. It's not recommended to negotiate on your own, it's better to come as a part of acquisition.


  5. Helpful (1)  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA (US)) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I was initially contacted by a VMWare recruiter via Linkedin. After the initial phone conversation with the recruiter, my details were put into their recruiting database. Within a week I was contacted by 5 different recruiters looking for front end web developers for their respective VMware teams.

    I picked one of the teams and had a phone call with the recruiter. After talking to the recruiter about my background and interests and confirming my interest in his team, a technical phone screen was scheduled.

    During the technical phone screen, I was asked questions about my background, and then a few coding questions and UI design questions. The interviewer was satisfied, so I was then schedule for an on-site interview.

    The on-site interview was an all-day affair, starting at 9am and ending at 4:30pm. I talked to 5 engineers and 3 managers. The engineers asked coding questions (design and code a Tic-Tac-Toe game, implement a LRU cache), algorithm questions (various ways to efficiently scan logfiles), and web UI questions (how to present data for different scenarios).

    After the on-site interview, the recruiter contacted me with an offer at the Staff Engineer level, salary, signing bonus, yearly target bonus, and RSUs.

    Interview Questions

    • Implement a LRU cache that can be initialized with a max size (in bytes) and keeps track of the hits/misses.   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    The group wasn't the right match for what I was looking for. I was looking for a group with more Web UI expertise, but this team was comprised of people who were systems and backend oriented.


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at VMware.

    Interview

    The HR didn't reply to me after the interviews. I had sent couple of emails to check whether I had cleared the interview. No answer. I wonder why do reputed companies like VMware do that. A no is important. The interviews themselves were good. I really liked the employees who took the interviews. They were patient and understanding.

    Interview Questions


  7. Helpful (1)  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bengaluru (India)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at VMware (Bengaluru (India)) in December 2019.

    Interview

    Got call through recruiter, they said one day process, again they called for one more round another day.
     5 rounds of technical interview,
    First round data structures and algorithms,
    Remaining all design related problems and bit of ds

    They took 3 weeks time, after multiple follow ups get a response you are not technically fit for this role.

    Interview Questions

    • Data structure questions related to Trees and Graphs
      Design questions related to micro services and streaming data handling.
      Example online food delivery, Design a system which will give number of access to system in ranges based like last one minute, 5 minutes, 1 hour, two hours , 1 day , one month etc...   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (8)  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bengaluru (India)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Bengaluru (India)) in July 2018.

    Interview

    Direct call from the recruitment made me feel that it will be a smooth process and so was really optimistic. I was told about the position but didn't get any mail on the same. Well, i sniffed something is already fishy but anyways, went ahead. Huge confusion about the slot but somehow i managed it, waited for 30 min and all. It was fine and happens sometimes.

    Well, even though i insist on the mail for a confirmation, HR doesn't care about it and for her, even the Staff position carries no value and so i said, its fine being the screening round.
    Screening round went for an hour and went well.

    I hear from recruitment after 2 days or so, he was desperate to walk me in for a face to face and explained all the process. Still hard time to get a mail confirmation. But anyways, this time they felt to maintain the dignity of the position and mailed me.

    I was all set for the face to face. I was told that all rounds will happen , provided tech rounds go well and it will be closed the same day.
    So you got the assurance that you will be taken care of , well i said, good thing.

    3 rounds:

    1. Python: Some hash maps, systems administration, some data structure stuff , in total, 3 questions, all well bowled and hit all good. Interviewer was impressed and its all done. Its a no frill show if you are good at python. so this is done in 1 hour.
    2. Systems engineering, same old stuff, no new questions, some ansible, but pretty much seen all of that. Nothing innovative or mind rambling. Done thing in 1.5 hours.
    3. Mashup of all rounds, done in 5 min , well i was surprised at the interviewer but anyways. I am fine with it.

    All rounds were good and I have done well. Now the next rounds? Well tech guys don't have a clue as they don't have their managers and HRs around, they told me, I don't get this at all.

    I asked HR, not a single mail from them regarding rejection or selection. Either they got confused at candidature or I was overqualified. Nonetheless , the whole process was pathetic from the start. I would say VMware has lost it completely. I don't feel going again for an interview with such a company where this is how they deal with senior leadership hiring like that.
    They may be really good but this time, they were just pathetic.

    Interview Questions

    • What happens when you click a URL ?
      Python questions
      Boot process and kernel internals
      Ansible and automation stuff   Answer Question

  9.  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bengaluru (India)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at VMware (Bengaluru (India)) in June 2018.

    Interview

    Horrible attitude people show you here. Initially manager spoke to me over phone about the role, product etc and understood my profile.After that they called me for face-face interview for couple of hours. Couple of ppl came and spoke to me. Till last round everything went well. Finally I get a call from HR and says I can leave for the day. I don’t know the landscape of the floor and how to get out. Finally some how comes out and security stops for having tail gated(as I don’t have access card). They don’t even have the curtesy to escort you out. Don’t even waste your time going there.

    Interview Questions


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