Akamai Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Aug 23, 2015
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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Akamai (Cambridge, MA).

Interview

Was contacted by a recruiter. First phone interview where they asked Java core questions. Then phone interview with the hiring manager, he was pleasant and seemed to like my experience. In person interview was with 4 people. They asked technical and brain teasers. One guy put me on the spot several times. he didn't seem to like my answers even though they were reasonable. Asked about stack implementation Asked the light bulb question on 100 floors. Then the response was they were looking for a principal engineer, Guys don't you read the resume???

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Akamai (Cambridge, MA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Hiring manager phone interview first. 4 hr technical interview. Two interviewers each round. Some through video conference. No lunch. Making offer decision quickly. Problem solving questions. Algorithm. Coding. Solution don't have to be perfect. But thorough analysis and design.

    Interview Questions

    • Read printout code with bugs or inefficient code. Find them and fix them   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Yes, depending on how much they want you.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Akamai.

    Interview

    Horrible and frustrating experience. Boasted hiring innovative personnel but really wanted to hire those they can control and who will follow the company's rules. Met with MIT alumni and other similarly "educated" personnel who touted their academics. Not a company and environment I felt that I can work happily and be creative.

    Interview Questions

    • No behavioral or best fit questioning. Requirements of detailed explanations of algorithms that are taught and used only in graduate schools and not in the field. Having frequently been on the hiring side and having multiple academic degrees as well, I understand they are trying to weed out posers, but unfortunately, they weed out common sense, practicality and experienced professionals with familiarity in qualifying business products. Their methods only exposed that they were really looking for drones to fill their lines.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Not conducive to a happily balanced work environment

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Akamai in August 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter. Phone interview was technical on C basics like pointer manipulations and a design question on string manipulation. Onsite was very technical interview on multi-threaded web-server design, coding, string manipulations. Explain the challenging projects...etc.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    first phone interview. Onsite interview with 5 different team of portal. Manly basic question like singleton pattern, HashTable, etc..

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at Akamai in March 2013.

    Interview

    One telephonic interview and 4 during onsite interview...

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Akamai (Cambridge, MA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    Recruiter called me up in 24 hours. He again interviewed technically for about 45 minutes, on core java. I was asked to come on site and had 4 rounds of interviews. I was again asked to come onsite at a different date and that was just 2 rounds. Questions weren't that difficult. Major portion were on java/j2ee and design concepts.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Recruiter was tough to negotiate. Accepted what I was offered.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Mateo, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Akamai (San Mateo, CA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    I was contacted by an Akamai recruiter who found my resume on one of the popular sites. After some chatting with the recruiter I was scheduled for and passed the phone screen. A four hour in-person was scheduled for the following week (4 engineers X ~1 hour each) which went well and consisted of the common questions about data structures, algorithms, design, white board, and personal questions. Four days later I had my second on-site in the same 4 hour format, except this time it was the senior dogs. Here's where things went wrong, while I had great experience with engineers and the recruiter, the top people did not know the answers to their own questions! One guy asked me to implement a factorial function and once I first talked through my algorithm he told me it was wrong. After a short discussion it turned he actually had Fibonacci numbers in mind. So you don't know the difference between the two? It happens I guess. Then he took my solution looked at it and apparently it differed from what he memorized online, so he said he will verify it later and walked out without even going it over with me. Here where it gets really good. The DIRECTOR of engineering asked me a Perl question where the use of "split" was required. As I started writing my solution he rejected it on the basis that the outcome of one function call was wrong. I began to argue with him (respectfully) that I was right, to no avail. After 5 minutes he actually had me convinced that I indeed did not do it right which completely threw me off. Today I decided to double check using Perl reference guide and what do you know, I was right about it all along! While I think I would have enjoyed working with the bright engineers at Akamai I am sure glad that I will not work under superiors that lack basic CS knowledge and cannot solve their own questions.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Mateo, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Akamai (San Mateo, CA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    1. half hour phone interview for experience and some c++ questions. 2. In person interview - 5 people ask questions - c++, algorithms

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Akamai (Bangalore (India)) in July 2015.

    Interview

    i applied through a job portal.after getting shortlisted got called for f2f interview in salarpuria Bangalore.first rond was f2f round with a waste guy..who doesn't know anything..simply waste of time..akamai please change interview panel guy who don't know anything.. they dont know wat questions to ask for java developer ..

    Interview Questions

    • how does a web application works? how does facebook work?   1 Answer
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