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Getting an Interview
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Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days – interviewed at Synopsys in May 2015.
Applied through employee referral. Was contacted by the team to schedule a phone interview. Was also contacted by HR about an hour after the phone interview to decide a tentative start date etc, although HR made it clear that the Manager was yet to make a hiring decision and would decide in a day or two.
- Interview started off by asking me about my experience with Programming, What is the largest code you have written, etc. Questions were mostly software based-was quizzed on many basic software concepts for about an hour and VLSI basics for 10-15 minutes. C/C++: Imagine you have a program that takes in an integer input and you have to print out each digit using a function that can only print one char-how would you do it. Usual questions on Arrays, LinkedLists, Vectors, Hash tables-buckets; Identifying unique elements when using buckets. Questions on Trees-balanced, unbalanced trees, worst case complexity, Methods to balance trees:red-black and AVL trees. Questions on Graphs-Adjacency Lists, Adjacency Matrices. The difference between them and which one to use in what context. Questions on enumerated datatypes and typesorting. Questions about all of the sorting algorithms and which data structures to use to implement each of them, Worst case swap/comparison complexity in each case. Question on how qsort() is implemented in C and how it would sort Records of data. Questions on malloc, stack and heap. The difference between using malloc and declaring a fixed array. Questions on maps-when to use them, what is their advantage. VLSI-questions on latches/flipflops; Assign and always statements in verilog. Questions on Static CMOS and its advantages. Questions on the different types of power dissipation and methods to reduce each of them. Questions on Functions/Procedures/Tasks in Verilog. 1 Answer
- Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in May 2015.
I got an e-mail 3 days after applying online requesting a phone conversation. I had a phone conversation with HR asking my salary expectations. I stated the number I saw on glassdoor 78-80k. She said that was too high and how about something in the 60k RANGE. I said ok something in the high end of that range. I had a second phone interview with the team I'd be working with. A week later I had the in person interview. Prior to the interview they have you fill out an application so they can do a background check. I had a 3.5 hour interview with the team and the VP I'd be supporting. They offered me tea or coffee but no snack (eat before you go). I met with the HR lady first. She immediately wanted to discuss numbers. At first she offered 60k and I said I had been making 10k more than that at my last job. She then jumped to 65k and i said that was closer to what I wanted but needed to learn more about the position before committing to a number. She then said 68k plus 3k bonus and I said that sounded about right but let me learn more about the position. After that I met everyone I'd be working with and supporting. The day after the interview they asked for my references to call and conducted a background check which took over a week. They called all my references. HR called me again and said they were prepared me make me an offer I'd be very happy with. A week later I got an offer, 60k. I countered with pointing out my previous salary, my education, and my years of experience and asked about the numbers we discussed when we met in person (the 68k+bonus). She denied ever having that discussion with me. My jaw nearly hit the ground. She said she would have never discussed numbers with me without approval. I was shocked and it was off putting. I asked for 65k and she said the best she could do is 62k. I asked about RSUs and sign on bonus. She said RSUs are for engineers only. She said she would see if she could get me a sign on bonus to "sweetin the pot". Her denial of ever having that conversation with me about numbers pretty much made me not want the job. Funny, because a week later she called me and told me they could not give me what I wanted and withdrew the job offer. I was relieved.
- What is one thing you can't stand at work? Something that drives you crazy. 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
The negotiations were shady
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Synopsys (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.
Applied through career fair. Initial phone call interview was scheduled for 45 mins. And then, I was called for an onsite interview. It was for around 5 hours. I enjoyed talking to every one during my interview.
- Travelling sales man problem. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in March 2015.
Multiple rounds of F2F interviews in one day. Three in the morning, three in the afternoon. Interviewers are very friendly. Some questions about digital design are asked. However, a strong software development experience is more important. Parking is free as far as I know (not parking ticket given).
- Data structures (linked lists, trees, hash tables, graphs), C++, and basic digital design questions. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral Experience
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Synopsys in March 2015.
submit my resume online, got a phone call from HR 2 weeks later, arranges a web interview with technical manager, implemented some c++ functions in your own way, little talk about projects on my resume, get a feedback after two weeks. the pay is kinda low, no room for argue, room of growth limited according to some of my friends. No other option, decide to take the offer.
- basically coding style and simple algorithm design. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in September 2014.
Met first with my director. When he determined that I would be a fit, he had me scheduled to come back to do 1 on 1 interviews with other members of the team. Met with 4 people in a row. Not too stressful.
- Asked about my experience. Asked about tax provision. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive Experience
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Synopsys.
Was very difficult process. Lots of technical questions.
- You have to know good HDL and HVL skills. Answer Question
Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Synopsys (Durham, NC) in April 2014.
I met one of the Synopsys' representative at the NC State Spring Career, where he collected my resume. First round was a telephonic interview, which was somewhere around 2 months after the career fair. Telephonic interview consists of questions on C++/ OOPs Programming Concepts, Scripting (Perl/Unix), VLSI Design (LVS/DRC), ASIC Design (Verilog HDL/non-synthesizable operations) and some current projects related questions. For a Computer Engineering graduate student, the telephonic interview was really simple and straightforward. After 1 week I got a call for on-site interview. The on-site interview had 3 parts: 1) Presentation on an upcoming industry trend (topic was given 2 days prior to the interview). 2) Group/panel interview 3) 1-to-1 discussion. The presentation was limited to 30 minutes. Simple concepts, both technical and non-technical were asked during the presentation. During the panel interview, the entire team reviewed the resume and asked some questions from the projects done or the work experience. Also, some fundamental technical questions from VLSI and ASIC design were asked. Next, 3 members of the team interviewed me on technical and behavioral skills, it lasted for about 30 minutes. Lastly, there was a small discussion on the kind of role and responsibilities with the head of the group. The entire on-site interview process took about 90 minutes.
- How would you design a Power Grid for an IC? Since, I am not very thorough with the back end design flow of ICs I found it quite difficult. 1 Answer
If money is a big factor SNPS is not a great company to join as an intern, apart from that its a wonderful company.
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in April 2014.
it was a month and half long process with one telephonic round, 2 HR round(one in person and one on phone), and one whole day interview with 7 managers interviewing
- technical questions related to past experience Answer Question
straight forward I asked them to match my my current offer and they did
- Accepted Offer
Asked some questions about my resume and my final project. All basic questions.
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