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Updated Aug 16, 2014
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Senior Engineer Interview

Senior Engineer
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at PepsiCo in May 2014.

Interview Details – Except for a long delay between the face to face interview and the offer, the process went well. I applied on the company website after seeing it on LinkedIn. I was contacted within a week about setting up a phone interview. From there, I was brought in just a few weeks later. Then due to other interviewing internal candidates and managers traveling, the offer was delayed by 4 - 5 weeks. There wasn't much communication in that time. I called several times a week to seek an update.

Interview Question – No difficult questions were asked. Everything was reasonable.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiating on the salary. I did get an extra week of vacation

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Manager Interview


I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at PepsiCo.

Interview Details – A previous associate had recommended me for a position. The management team was assertive in following up with me to interview. The process included multiple rounds of phone and face to face interviews ending with a dinner with 2 levels of management.

Interview Question – How are you going to exceed the positions goals today?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Things that were outside of "norm" (ie. vacation time) were verbally agreed with managers because it would not be documented with HR.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Production Sanitizer Interview

Production Sanitizer
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at PepsiCo in July 2010.

Interview Details – As long as you performed the job previously or have similar experience, you should get hired. Dress formal, no jeans, no gym shoes, positive attitude, and come with a can do attitude.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Warehouse Material Handler Interview

Warehouse Material Handler

I applied online and interviewed at PepsiCo.

Interview Details – It was a long process didn't keep you informed with much information told you, you were hired then waited 2-3 weeks before you heard back from them. didn't really inform you on how much of your life would be spent at work they preached work life balance but never really saw it.

Interview Question – if you saw a manger taking product out of warehouse what would you do   View Answer

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Full Time Merchandiser Interview

Full Time Merchandiser

I applied through other source and interviewed at PepsiCo.

Interview Details – I started out as a Part-Time Merchandiser before applying the Full Time Merchandiser (FTM) job. After applying for the job on June 23rd and taking the assessment test, a District Sales Leader (DSL) assigned me to do a ride along with a RSR (Route Sales Representative) in their 18 foot semi truck and would go and service all their assigned stores within the city/zone limit for the whole day (On the 3rd of July). So when you are with the RSR, you observe what they do when they are at each gas station/target/ convenience stores. The RSR will give you some pointers on how to do the job and what to expect from the job. Do not stay on your cell phone all day and act like you can care less, you would not have a follow up interview if the RSR think you would not be suitable for the job. You can give the RSR a hand if you want to learn more and have some 'hands on' experience and get done quicker. After you finished the ride along with the RSR, the DSL would ask him/her if the candidate is qualified for the job, if the RSR says yes, then you made it to the first step.

After that, two DSLs would lead you to a conference room and they would start the interview. They both have a packet with them and it has interview questions: Why Frito Lay? Tell me a time when you help out on a customer till they were satisfied. Please note, they do warn you that when you answer their questions, there would be awkward silences as they write down your answer on their packet word by word so there is a 1-2 minute of silence between each question.

You would get a call in about two weeks if you get the second interview (mine was on July 11th). You would get a call saying the Sale Zone Director would like to have an interview with you. You agreed on a time and come to the interview with a shirt and tie. When you have the second interview, make sure you answer the same questions as you did with the first interview. The interviewer will also have your answers in front of you and instead of asking the same question, they would look it over and comment on it, e.g. "I see that you have experience in this field", and you should know what to do from there. After the interview, they would tell you that they would call you within two weeks if you got the job (I was notified on July 18th). After they tell you that you have been hired, the call ask you to meet with them so you can grab the drug test form that is already paid for, and will send you the designated location to get your required drug test (they pull out strings of your hair, not pee in the cup, just so you have been forewarned!) If you pass the drug test, you would have a class session among with other hired candidates. The Drug takes at most two days to get the results back.

During the group session, the Sales Associate Zone Assistant is the instructor. Now, you have to go through a lot of process: You and among other hired candidates have to do a lot of paper work, union paperwork, your required iphone 4s to clock in your hours, how to clock in your hours, mileage, your field trip requirement (You will be compensated for everything in the field trip:contracts, talk about benefits, etc. After the session is over, they would give you information about your trainer for the first two weeks of training. During week one and week two, your trainer will evaluate on your performance and improvement. At the end of the second week, a DSL would certified you. Then it's the field trip requirement! After that following week, you are in your assigned route all on your own. So from Applying from June 23rd to start my training on July 27th, then going to a field trip from August 11th-15th, then officially having an assigned Merchandising route on the week of August 17th, it takes about a month to start your training after applying and being interviewed, then 3 weeks of training, it takes a LONG time for all that to process out.

Interview Question – The questions are not difficult at all, they ask your basic questions like any other company would.   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Builder Interview

Abilene, TX

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at PepsiCo in May 2010.

Interview Details – applied on line took 30 days total; to get hired the interview was relly chill only asked questions about my previous employer and then offered ne job i accepted and took some time befor ubndergoing the rest of the hirring procces

Interview Question – are you okay with working 12hour shifts   View Answer

Negotiation Details – there was none i accepted offer

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

RSR Route Sales Representative Interview

RSR Route Sales Representative

I applied online - interviewed at PepsiCo in October 2012.

Interview Details – You must check the Frito-Lay employment website daily as job openings are change on that basis. Once you apply online for an open RSR position you must take a "think like a robot" test. You should pass if you answer the questions as if you were a HR manager looking at your responses. If you pass the test then they may call you in for a group interview where you will be given an overview of the company, pay, benefits, a safety lecture and FAQ time. Then if they still like you then they will call you in for a one on one interview. If they don't select you for the job but still like you they may ask if you want to sit "the bench" and they may call you in next time a job becomes available (this could take months to years) then you must submit to a hair follicle drug test that can test up to a year back. Good luck.

Negotiation Details – set in stone

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Future Sales Leader, Frito Lay Division Interview

Future Sales Leader, Frito Lay Division

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at PepsiCo.

Interview Details – The process is long and structured. I met my recruiter at a career fair at my university, and I followed up via email the next day. Had a phone screen with my initial contact, and I was passed along to another senior HR manager after being vetted.

Next was another phone screen focusing on customer service skills, and leadership experience. After that, you have to take a management assessment quiz (wasn’t too bad, most of it was common sense). Next, I had an in-person interview with the HR manager which also focused heavily on selling skills and leadership. Finally, I was invited to the regions “recruiting seminar”, which was a two day process in Portland, OR.

Frito Lay makes accommodations for a hotel room downtown. All travel related expenses are covered. The first day was an overview of the company, the internship, career progression, etc. You also get to go into the market with a current salesperson, and see how they might evaluate and score a store. Finally, they give you a plant tour of the production facility (you get to eat chips fresh off the line), and finally dinner with the interviewers in the city. It was a causal setting which let us get to know those who would be interviewing us, which made the next day a bit better.

The final day was a series of panel interviews all located in the hotel. The interviewers are primarily Zone Sales Leaders, HR Managers, and the Region VP also made an appearance. There were three 45 minute interviews again focusing on leadership, customer service skills, process improvement, and general work ethic.

Something to note, it depends on the region you interview in that also determines the interview process.

Interview Question – "Tell me about a time you had to convince someone from a different backgroud to see something your way. What was your strategy and what was the result?"

"What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?"
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Negotiation Details – As an intern, there is no flexibility for salary negotiation. Pay is competitive, and you recieve a generous signing bonus as well. Got a call from HR the day of my final interview with an offer and salary details.

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Finance MBA Interview

Finance MBA

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at PepsiCo.

Interview Details – One day of interviewing on campus with two interviews--one fit and one case. Beyond getting comfortable with a corporate finance case, make sure you don't bring competitor products to the interview! This seems like it should be common sense, but it clearly wasn't for all of the people at my school who interviewed...

Interview Question – A case where we had to project the profit margin associated with a new innovation   View Answer

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Vendor Managed Inventory Analyst Interview

Vendor Managed Inventory Analyst
Chicago, IL

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at PepsiCo in November 2012.

Interview Details – I was first referred to my employer by a friend. (He got a $1,500 bonus when I ultimately got the job, which is pretty awesome.) I waited for a call about setting up an interview for well over a month. The initial interview was over the phone, very easy, I’m sure they use this to weed out anyone terrible. The second interview consisted of 3 panels of 3 people each. They were pretty short and they asked the standard questions behavioral questions like “tell me about a time when you had to work with someone difficult”. If you google “standard interview questions” and prepare for those, you’ll be all set!

The timing was right, they called me a couple days after the interview because they needed someone immediately. I have, however, heard bad stories about people getting put in the “pipeline”. This means they call and tell you “we like you, we want to offer you a job, but there is nothing available right now. Hold tight.” Someone that interviewed the same day as me (also friends with the person that referred me) didn’t get an offer for about 2 months. By then he had already started another job and was no longer interested. So don’t wait around for them to call you.

Overall, pretty easy and good interview experience for me.

Interview Question – Give me your top 3 weaknesses. I never know what a good answer would be for this one.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't try to negotiate salary, because I felt like it was generous compared to what I was currently making. I tried to negotiate an extra week of vacation, and they promptly shot me down. I only get 2 weeks.

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