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Broadcom Staff Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Aug 20, 2014
Updated Aug 20, 2014
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    Senior Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    phone screen to discuss work experience and c++ question, then half day on site with 5 rounds, various white board coding and brain teaser, finally 2nd on site to meet second level manager, the questions are more general about behavior, culture fit, etc.

    Accepted Offer
  2.  

    Senior Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    The hiring manager called directly for a phone interview and then had the HR schedule an onsite interview. Had the onsite in two weeks but took four weeks before hearing back about the offer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Senior Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Broadcom.

    Interview Details

    Interview was casual and not very formal. I talked to 6 engineers and the manager. They did not ask a lot of technical questions but wanted to understand my working style. They focus more upon the teamwork spirits and the problem solving capability instead of the real technical details.

    Interview Questions
    • Some C++ details which I had a disagreement with one of the interviewers.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I had a phone conversation with the recruiter and that settle it. I did not ask too much.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Engineer, Staff I Software Systems Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Irvine, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Broadcom.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen with a recruiter first. After that, on site interviewer with six people. Spent about 30 minutes to an hour talking to each person.

    Interview Questions
    • I received a couple of unexpected questions that were tangents off of some work I had on my resume. I know you should always be prepared for questions about your resume but they asked some implementation details for projects that were fairly old that I had difficulty remembering.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Senior Staff Applications Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Broadcom in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    Phone screen interview, 2 rounds of in-office interview.
    Very positive atmosphere, speaking with hiring manager and other engineers provides the full picture of the project and work environment.
    Great new-hire orientation provided by professional HR personal, excellent on-time communication and pretty good offer signing bonus.
    Great promotion benefits along with medical and other benefits.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Software Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Broadcom in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Had initial phone screen back in June 2007. This was for their MPS division which works on cellular chipsets i.e. GSM/UMTS. Was invited to onsite interview. Had 4-5 interviews, all technical in nature. There was a written test as well with C programming questions. Was asked general questions about UMTS technology. Received offer and accepted.

    Interview Questions
    • How does the debugger work when setting a break point if it's a multi processor environment?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Diego, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Broadcom in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    The position was in DSP group. Here are the questions
    1. Difference between FIR and IIR filters
    2. How to tell if an IIR filter is stable given a system's transfer function
    3. Noise suppression, signal fidelity
    4. DSP processor architectureb
    5. GIven a C cross compilable code, Do you expect any difference in the output of ARM and DSP. Why

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Engineer, Staff - Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Broadcom in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Think loud. People here are more interested in your thinking process than the answer per se.
    Questions are always interlinked so the next question is based on your previous question's answer.
    Although they make it a point to test on basic skill set required for performing tasks

    Interview Questions
    • How will you determine if the given number is a power of 2 using a single line of code ?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Staff I Software Development Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bangalore (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Broadcom in May 2013.

    Interview Details

    Questions on MMU (hard), bit manipulations, LTE technologies, algorithm efficiencies. But they gave you time to analyze and never put you down if you gave the wrong answer. Questions on internship experience, questions on university projects.

    Interview Questions
    • I wasn't really good at computer architecture optimizations at that point. Some questions pertaining to them seemed hard.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I had an offer from another company with a slightly better salary package

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Broadcom.

    Interview Details

    First contact may well be from the hiring manager over the phone Technical level will vary from caller to caller but most managers are quite technical. The next step is on-site with your prospective colleagues. You may or may not be asked to code. I had mostly knowledge-based questions but you might be asked more about code. Remember that this is a deeply embedded software product so brush up on your OS fundamentals and computer architecture.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I felt that it was generous offer and took it. Negotiate around equity and responsibility/job grade.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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