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Senior Software Design Engineer Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in January 2011.
I was contacted by an internal HR Recruiter in December 2010. Since I was on vacation we decided to wait to conduct the phone screen in January. The phone screen was conducted by an Indian gentleman that had a difficult time with the English language so needless to say the phone screen was a bit difficult to get through. (note: I work with many great people from all nationalities including Eastern Indians. I believe that the interviewer that conducts a phone screen should be able to enunciate and articulate the phone screen clearly). Questions were pretty straight forward: 1) Reverse a sentence, such that the words are still in the correct ordering. The sly brown fox -> fox brown sly The (Reverse sentence in place, then reverse words in place) 2) Design a file system. (This one was really difficult to understand what he was talking about, more because his English was difficult to decipher). But I think we got through it in the end. 3) Design a data structure that would have O(1) lookup but was always sorted. During my investigation of Amazon, I noticed many of the current employees complain of work/life balance and the abundance of micro management. I asked the interviewer about his work/life balance and his answer raised my warning levels a bit more. "Its not that I work a lot, but I am so intrigued by the products that we are working on that its difficult to pull away when the work day is done." I wonder if his boss was in the office when he said this. Nearly a week has passed since the first phone screen and I consider the lack of any kind of acknowledgement semi-unprofessional. They could say at least "Thanks...we will got over your interview feedback and get back to you", or just say whether or not they are moving forward. I had a chance to talk to a couple of past and currently employees at Amazon and they echoed the same sentiment. That the work/life balance is non-ideal but since the stock continues to rise that employess are able to look past it for now. I wonder what happens if/when the stock drops? Either way, I think I will pass for now. The company seems fine, the salary seems very competitive but it just doesn't sound worth the hassle.
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Senior Software Design Engineer InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com (Seattle, WA) in April 2010.
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Senior Software Design Engineer InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Amazon.com in January 2011.
2 telephonic interviews followed by 6 on-site interviews. Phone interview were cultural fit and technical questions where as onsite was mostly cultural fit.
waiting for offer.