Atmel Interview Questions

Updated Jul 7, 2014
Updated Jul 7, 2014
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Atmel.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted by the recruited who was knowledgeable and personable. Two rounds of interviews. There were 3-4 people per round. Most interviewers seemed pretty prepared and asked good questions. There was one person that seemed a bit out of her element, but most were people I would want to work with.

    Interview Questions
    • Not so much a question, but more a comment on expectations. Since they have a strong presence in Asia, there was a requirement for call in meetings at odd hours to accommodate for the Asia site.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I didn't get a good feel from the direct hiring manager. I accepted a competing offer from a different company.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Verication Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Atmel in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Only behavior trait related questions:
    Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
    How do you handle a challenge? Give an example.
    Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
    Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
    Give an example of how you worked on team.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Atmel in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview followed by onsite with 3 people. Standard interview questions to assess my experience and how my skills would transfer. Held in a room away from the main work area. Oddly the benefit package was the first piece of paper provided at the interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out of the ordinary. Sadly the person with whom I had the most rapport was not the hiring manager.   Answer Question
    • Please try to be as detailed as possible regarding the technical question, business case, etc.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I stated the figure I wanted and did not budge. It was granted. However, it takes forever to get the signed offer. Surprising since given the firm's reputation they would give people more time to re-consider the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Global Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 months - interviewed at Atmel.

    Interview Details

    Long and arduous

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked if I was married and have a family which at the time I told the executive ( yes it was an executive) that its an illegal question to ask due to its discriminating nature and has nothing to do with my capability.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It was not my best negotiation during my career but because I liked the manager or so I thought. I had accepted the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Atmel Response

    Dec 2, 2013hr

    We are sorry that you had a less than ideal interview experience with us. It looks like you liked the manager and we hope you have enjoyed your experience with Atmel since your start date. As you ... More

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    Technical Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Atmel.

    Interview Details

    Unknown - was hired 25 years ago at Honeywell - was acquired in company buy-out.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were for production operator - have had no real interview since...   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Process Technician Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at Atmel.

    Interview Details

    Many years ago, but flown into Colorado Springs and interviewed with 6 engineers 1:1. First engineer asked what vacuum was and I got him to explain it to me and then used his answer on the rest. Not too technical. Was taken to lunch by the hiring manager and it was a very nice lunch. A job offer came with-in a couple of hours

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I tried to negotiate but they were firm and didn't offer more.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Marketing Customer Service Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Atmel in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    Interview process went smoothly.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Linux Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Atmel in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Went well. Interview team was pretty nice and easy going.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Straight forward. I asked for a certain number, they offered more. All in all, good company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Atmel in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Easy interview questions. Basically explained my job and academic history.

    Phone interview was a piece of cake. Not even sure if it was even an interview. Just basic questions like what I know about the positions and logistical questions.

    In person interview was different. It consisted of 3 managers and a director. The HR lady told me the company is a mess and she didnt agree with the compensation process. I was also told that they had trouble hiring as some of the positions were open for half a year and was not filled. I was told the director is great and he trying to change the culture. From the interview, some of the managers were resisting change. The company is hiring more people to run their supply chain yet they just closed out 2-3 fabs and outsourced the fab work yet their ar hirng more... I think the new people that they hired will eventually "replace" some of the older ones. Anyways.
    What I didnt like was that they wanted the nitty gritty details of some of my projects. Realize that some of work I've done was confidential and proprietary. After I gave them the details, they wanted more. What was worse was one of the managers started disagreeing with me. Who argues and disagrees with a person they interview? Its MY job history, not theirs to agree on. If they didnt like what I did, thats fine, but to disagree with what I did was odd. The manager also complained that he tried to do some of the work I've done in the past yet failed at it and was surprised what I did, did not require certification of a certain subject matter. Overall the panel interview was a negative experience. Even one of the other panel interviewers had to ask the manager to stop complaining and ranting. Awesome people. The 3rd manager had a different demenor, he was relaxed and basically wanted to see my potential. The director didnt show up for the interview. I wonder if I was just that bad or he didnt have time. Anyways, I still found it unprofessional when interviewers do not show up.

    I received an email a week later saying that they made an offer to another candidate. Just for the heck of it, I emailed them back and thanked them but asked them how they came to that conclusion when they didnt finish my interview. no response, figures.

    Same thing happened to a friend who applied. He interviewed and spent 2 hours talking to them, and he was told straight up that they cannot sponsor him. thats after wasting 2 hours of his time. He later contacted HR and the HR lady did something stupid and told him what happened. Dumb move by Atmel. After bad interviews with BS interviews. That was our conclusion. While I am not going to explain the details of what we discovered after the process. All I can say was some racially motivated factors.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 1 week - interviewed at Atmel in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone screen was typical HR fluff questions. Who doesn't know how to answer those now?

    Long process of 1:1 interviews over 4 days.

    People were pretty intelligent and asked good probing questions. Not adversarial or aggressive like other companies.

    Culture seemed fairly balanced toward working hard and having a life, too.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe how a touchscreen controller functions in a mobile display.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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