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Staff DSP IC Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at Broadcom in June 2014.
Interview Details – Interviewed over the phone by team manager. First he described his team's job and goals, and then ask me if I had any questions related to the work.Then he asked some standard technical questions, only circuit related questions are setup and hold time. Most are DSP questions like difference between FIR and IIR, Nyquist frequency, aliasing etc. Last about 30-45 minutes.
Interview Question – Thought it would be mostly circuit related questions but instead it was heavy on DSP. Questions are basic, was able to answer most of them. Answer Question
Engineer IC Design Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at Broadcom in February 2012.
Interview Details – Two rounds of technical interview. Each lasted for an hour. Mainly tested on basics in digital design, vlsi concepts and projects. Basics questions like pattern detector using mealey and moore state machines, timing diagram using D flip flops, CMOS concepts, setup and hold violations, clock skew and jitters were tested
Interview Question – All questions were simple in my interview Answer Question
Senior Staff Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Broadcom
Interview Details – The hiring manager called directly for a phone interview and then had the HR schedule an onsite interview. Had the onsite in two weeks but took four weeks before hearing back about the offer.
Interview Question – Reasonable technical questions. Answer Question
Graduate Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Broadcom in July 2013.
Interview Details – I applied through Braodcom Online Application process with an employee referral. I was asked to be interviewed directly at their Manchester office. I also had to provide a presentation on my Msc project. At first I was interviewd by the HR which included general questions. Then I was interview by two different panel, one focused on programming/codin in C, System verilog and another about basic digital deigning exercise.
Interview Question – Focused on Verification process Answer Question
Staff Test Engineer Interview (Negative Experience)
I interviewed at Broadcom in April 2013.
Interview Details – Found the position from Indeed, Dice or Linkedin. Created an account and submitted resume through Broadcom's Career web page. After a week later, HR contacted me to set up a phone interview.
Interview Question – No technical question at all. I was surprised that the lady manager kept asking me that why I did not get promoted at my them position. Answer Question
Staff II IC Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Broadcom in March 2014.
Interview Details – 1 hour phone interview
1 full day of interviews of 45-60 minutes.
both interviews were about professional technical stuff.
everybody were very nice, introduced themselves,and spoke about that they are doing.
The day interview was extremely grueling , you are interviewed by a lot of engineers, some of the questions tend to repeat them self.
All interviewers were very professional and kind.
Interview Question – one of the interviewers got really detailed about system verilog constrained randomization process Answer Question
Negotiation Details – offer was a set number, but the signup bonus could be negotiated. and i got extra.
Very Difficult Interview
Principal Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at Broadcom.
Interview Details – I applied for a job through the company website. I had a phone interview, then was invited to an on-site interview. They were very polite, but the process was very formal and serious. The interviewers were extremely smart from a technical standpoint, and asked very difficult technical questions - mostly about my background and detailed textbook questions. They were definitely looking for the brightest engineers they could find. They gave me a good offer. On my first day of work, someone told me congratulations and that I must be someone special to be hired by Broadcom.
Interview Question – During the interview I was asked a question about binary search algorithms (tree data structures). I.e. how would you search through a tree data structure to sort data? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The offer was very reasonable. I did not negotiate a higher offer due to the weak state of the job market at the time.
Software Staff Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Broadcom in June 2010.
Interview Details – Had initial phone screen back in June 2007. This was for their MPS division which works on cellular chipsets i.e. GSM/UMTS. Was invited to onsite interview. Had 4-5 interviews, all technical in nature. There was a written test as well with C programming questions. Was asked general questions about UMTS technology. Received offer and accepted.
Interview Question – How does the debugger work when setting a break point if it's a multi processor environment? Answer Question
Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Broadcom in February 2013.
Interview Details – Applied through referral. Recruiter contacted and scheduled two back-to-back phone interview in the following week. Mix of probability and algorithm questions. There was no onsite interview. Overall process was smooth and quick. Interviewers were friendly.
Interview Question – Generate numbers from a linked list randomly Answer Question
Staff IC Design Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Broadcom
Interview Details – Applied by internal referral. One phone interview and one on-site interview. The whole process takes two weeks. Phone interview covers basic analog and digital circuit knowledge, lasting for 1 hour. On-site interview was in Broadcom Irvine with 6 managers and 1 hiring coordinator, lasting for 6.5 hours. The interview process with each manager was introducing my past project and solving analog/RF circuits. The interview process with the hiring coordinator was about the employee benefit (promotion opportunity, stock compensation, etc).
Interview Question – The on-site interview is mainly solving circuits. There are questions whose answers are not obvious, including mismatch contributors and fix in two-stage op-amp, limit of intrinsic gain for common-source amplifier. But managers gave hints that helped me through all the questions. Answer Question
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