Synopsys Interview Questions

Updated Sep 1, 2014
Updated Sep 1, 2014
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    Corporate Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Synopsys.

    Interview Details

    Was very difficult process. Lots of technical questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  2.  

    Technical Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Synopsys in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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.
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    Negotiation Details
    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 Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    CAE II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Synopsys in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    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

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    straight forward I asked them to match my my current offer and they did
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Digital Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Asked some questions about my resume and my final project.
    All basic questions.

    Accepted Offer
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    R&D 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 2 daysinterviewed at Synopsys in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I gave a presentation before the interview, so the rest of the interview is mostly concerned with that. Also they try to relate the problems they try to solve with my research, quite comfortable conversation and nice people. Very basic programming question and everyone seems to be concerned with how many lines of code you have wrote.

    Interview Questions
    • Not a particular difficult one. Some of the problems they don't even know the answer, just show your logic of thinking, not necessarily the right result.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    not much to negotiate for a fresh graduate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at Synopsys.

    Interview Details

    will be interviewed by all group member. Then by the manager. Then by HR

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Synopsys.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone screen with recruiter. Conversation went well which led to a phone screen with the hiring manager within a week. After that call, I was invited to an onsite interview with other team members. Met with team members on 2 separate occasions due to scheduling. From when I applied online, it took a few days to hear from the recruiter. I received the job offer in less than 1 month's time. Interview was comfortable and easy to answer questions and relaxing. No pressure.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9.  

    Summer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    Got two rounds phone interviews, each of which took 1 hour. The first one is a group interview. I was asked different kind of technique questions from different people. Mainly about data structure, such as hash table, linked list. Some problems related to circuit design and Verilog optimization. The interviewers were very nice. Everytime I gave incorrect answer, they tried to help me figure out the problem. The second interview was given by the hiring manager. I was given two puzzles and an algorithm related to hash table. The hiring manager was a nice person.

    Interview Questions
    • In a verilog program, how to decide two always block can be combined.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Senior CAE Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview will be very minimal, mostly Verilog+SystemVerilog+simulation+debug skills. Methodology will be an added advantage. Also having a protocol knowledge will be an advantage. Most importantly, communication skills.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Senior R&D Engineer II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Synopsys in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    A friend forwarded my resume and a director called me about some positions that were opening. We talked for a bit one day and a few days later I had a phone screen with 4 different people lasting 15-20 min. each. Mostly just discussed stuff on my resume. I didn't hear anything for 3-4 weeks and then was asked to come down for an onsite interview. For the interview it started as a panel and I gave a presentation and went over details of my resume and then broke into round robin style for the rest of the day. It was mildly technical throughout, mostly just getting my opinions of different tools, coding styles, problem solving philosophies and stuff like that. Nothing overly difficult nor in some cases was there even a clear right answer. Every was very friendly, although a bit difficult to read initially. I did get positive feed back a day or two later from the hiring managers and he stated they wanted to interview a couple more people and decide the best role for me. About 2.5 weeks later I got an offer.

    Interview Questions
    • One of the interviewers did has me some tricky perl questions about the greediness of the .* operator when assign values to an array and about passing arrays to sub routines.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate the offer came in much higher than I expected, I did get some relocation benefit added due to a comparable offer having much better relocation benefit.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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