MaxLinear
3.1 of 5 34 reviews
www.maxlinear.com Carlsbad, CA 150 to 499 Employees

MaxLinear Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 20, 2014
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Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

RFIC Design Engineer Interview

RFIC Design Engineer

Interviewed at MaxLinear

Interview Details – good technical question

Interview Question – intuitive phase noise analysis   Answer Question

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Difficult Interview

Senior Design Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Irvine, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at MaxLinear.

Interview Details – One phone screen, followed by a day long on-site interview. The interview panel comprised of 8 members. Forty minutes to one hour session with each of them.

Interview Question – Basic questions on device noise, sampling or kT/C noise, noise in mixers, low-noise amplifiers, operational amplifiers, basic signal and systems, single-stage amplifiers, previous design experience.   Answer Question

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Digital Design Position Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at MaxLinear.

Interview Details – Open interview process. I spoke with about 10 engineers and managers. It was a long day but it was not unpleasant. HR was a bit disorganized. We set up an HR interview before I came but this was not kept.

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Difficult Interview

RF Systems Engineer Interview

RF Systems Engineer
San Diego, CA

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at MaxLinear in July 2012.

Interview Details – Worst interview experience ever in my career. Interview was 2 phonic each 1 hr all technical with pen and paper followed by onsite one complete day 12 people 8 hrs. That included CTO too. CTO was very negative about the company itself stating that if I knew any employee and when I said yes then he mentioned even I know someone and they recommending to interview with the company? People in panel were not friendly at all and don't expect they will make you comfortable either.

Interview Question – Do you mind working on weekends?   View Answer

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Member of Technical Staff, RFIC Design Interview

Member of Technical Staff, RFIC Design
Irvine, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at MaxLinear in February 2013.

Interview Details – It is a thorough process both technical questions and examples asked for. There is also a cultural fit piece. It is a long day but I felt I understood the role and had time to present my skills

Interview Question – I was asked to do some expamples on a white board- and was nervous   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It was fast- it was a conversation on expectations- explanation of comp plan and benefits and then a letter

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

RF Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Irvine, CA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at MaxLinear in May 2012.

Interview Details – This is testament to the falling ethics of interviewers or of companies these days. There were two rounds of phone interviews. Sparing the details, the first was with a Director/Hiring Manager who insisted that I not leave the company if I was offered a position as he would have spent time and money into hiring and training me. (The interview took place on a Sunday evening at 10:00 pm). Questions asked included TIA, op-amp compensation, noise-figure calculation, feedback etc.

The second phone interview was setup as a precursor to an on-site interview. The impression the interviewer(s) left me with was one of being relatively competent, but having bookish knowledge and unsure of the answers to questions that they posed themselves. Questions asked included noise figure calculations, RF LNA, Mixer fundamentals etc.

They later withdrew the invite to an on-site interview stating the project could not wait long periods for my (out-of-country) visa to be processed despite knowing this at the start of discussions.

All in all, it seemed the company culture was one of good learning opportunities but where one is worked to the limits.

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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

RF Systems Design Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Carlsbad, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at MaxLinear in June 2010.

Interview Details – They found my resume online. Had a phone interview with hiring manager that went well. He suggested that read up for the in person interview. I had 6 in person interviews. All of the interviewers are friendly and often helped me in getting to the solutions. The whole process is very smooth. It took less than two form the first phone interview to getting the offer from them.

Interview Question – Asked about projects on my resume   View Answer

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Carlsbad, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at MaxLinear in February 2010.

Interview Details – They just know some text book stuff and ask same questions. all employees seemed under stress.
HR woman told me- good luck getting vacation in this company.
telephone interview person was extremely rude.
they didnt keep up time or schedule.
totally confused state.

Interview Question – whats mcr?   View Answer

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Diego, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at MaxLinear in July 2010.

Interview Details – They asked some basic RF question regarding iip3, NF, and gain.
They also asked about my projects related to RF.
All basic questions, but I didn't explain well.
Interviewers are nice and friendly.

Interview Question – what is iip3, calculate NF   Answer Question

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No Offer

Negative Experience

Average Interview

Engineering Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Carlsbad, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at MaxLinear in June 2009.

Interview Details – very disorganized interview, not from a schedule perspective, but regarding the discussions. Technical questions were not focused, many interviewers covered the same topic, some key topics were not covered.
Also, some interviewers insisted they were correct about items when they were wrong. Overall, I sensed a lot of hubris from all of the interviewers.

Interview Question – Why did you leave your last job?   Answer Question

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