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Updated Oct 7, 2014
Updated Oct 7, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Nest.

    Interview Details

    The initial contact and interview were generally positive. The phone screen was a good discussion and the process was relatively quick to set up the on-site interview.

    However, I never heard anything at all after the interview, which leaves me with a negative impression of the recruiter, the process and company overall. I'm sure Nest has no shortage of candidates; at the same time, I have interviewed enough candidates at my current company to know that it's just a good practice to treat people with respect, even if the decision is ultimately that someone is not a fit. That same candidate may ultimately be a customer, and a negative impression of the company may impact someone's decision on whether to buy or recommend the company's products, or even whether to refer other qualified candidates for the role.

    The recruiter also reacted very strangely to several of my questions during our initial conversation. All in all, not sure what it's like to work there, but I'd be concerned based on my experience of the interview.

    With regard to the interview itself, I don't remember any questions that were particularly difficult. Several people asked questions indicating that the development process is really more waterfall than Agile.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Nest.

    Interview Details

    I sent a mail to the recruiter and it wasn't mentioned what position I'd be interviewing for. They said I could fit in to two positions and a technical person (one of the engineers there) would call.

    I had no clue if it was a technical or a HR interview. Since there was no details exchanged about the job or the interview, I went in clueless and was in for a rude shock when programming questions were asked.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nest in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Got contacted by the recruiter who found my resume. We spoke for about 30 minutes. Then scheduled a call with hiring manager. Next thing I found out was that Nest is undergoing reshuffling and they could not move on with hiring for the position.
    Based on my conversation with the recruiter, they have a meeting-heavy culture and many people who came to Nest from Apple.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Nest.

    Interview Details

    Though I was not offered the position, I absolutely loved my interview process at Nest. I have never felt more myself through an interview process than through my experience at Nest. The only critique I had to make was that – since the company was recently acquired by Google – there were a few steps that were taken out of order and it got a little confusing for me as the interviewer.
    My first interview was a group interview with 3 other EA’s at the company. My second interview was a 2 hour block where I met one on one with each of the 4 Engineering Managers the position would be supporting.
    Because Google had just acquired the company, I ended up doing the Google CGA after doing all the interviews with Nest, which should have been the other way around.
    The entire process took just a little over a month. At the end of it all, they offered the position to another candidate who had more professional experience. However, I ended the interview process on a good note. If they opened another Admin position, I would definitely consider applying again if they would allow me to.

    Interview Questions
    • Talk me through the steps that would need to be taken when planning the opening party for a new Google Campus in Bangalore, India.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Embedded Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nest in June 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied on the website and got an email from recruiter for a phone screen for 15 mins. Got a call from one of the engineers of the team. Interview lasted for longer than scheduled. More than an hour. First half an hour spoke about my experiences in detail. Followed by programming.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions on pointers, strings, arrays. Program to check if the string has a valid parentheses structure.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Artificial Intelligence and Control Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Nest.

    Interview Details

    Firstly, the position in question was advertising for someone who could handle system integration of data acquired by a variety of sensors, computational intelligence and control system algorithms which could properly process the data, and a variety of EE experience to implement such in hardware. Take my word for it, I have an advanced-to-expert level of experience in almost all angles of the above, and my application (resume, cover, etc.) showed that, including a brand new PhD in one of those areas with publications to validate it. Now for the "interview process": I applied within a few weeks of the posting, and also applied for one other related position. I have two friends who work at the company and who have known me for years, and one in particular shepherded my contact from the beginning. I waited the customary week after first applying, and contacted the sr. HR person by email, refreshing the contact. My "inside guy" told me they hired 6 new recruiters just to screen for this position and maybe 20 to 30 others in all departments. Over the next 3 months, I and my friend on the inside kept a finger on the pulse by checking in on the process. My friend informed me when they started interviewing candidates within that time frame. At the end of that 3 month period, my friend discovered they had recently selected a candidate, but never closed the position or sent out any emails, including to me -- someone with a very strong application and a friend on the inside, etc. Only through his urging, the friend convinced the brand new crack HR team to properly send out a letter of denial. Not only was I never called, but I found out after polling my employment references that not one was ever contacted either. Now I realize this is an ever more common story in modern hiring processes. I just felt the need to point this out -- Unless their job descriptions were mangled from the beginning, my hit rate on their requirements was conservatively, say in the 85 to 95% range. I don't care if there were 1,000 applicants, someone should have seen my stuff and at least picked up the phone one time. If this is the new standard, it's no wonder companies are not as satisfied with their candidates. I and colleagues have identified two *possible* red flags on my overall resume presentation -- 1) The big one: If you add up my dated and additional work and educational experience, you might surmise that I am somewhere in my early to late 40's. 2) I did receive two of my degrees from the same university, for those that care about those things. Again, if this is the new standard for tech recruiting...

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Low Power Wireless Firmware Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Nest in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Process took about 4 weeks. Stated off with a phone screening of about 45 mins with questions like reversing a string, qualifiers in c, resume specific questions. Got a call for an onsite interview of 4 hours in the following week. Onsite interview panel was about 8 people. Two of the rounds were 2 on 1 and rest were 1 on 1. Asked resume related questions, other c questions and regular programming questions. Arranged for a second phone interview in the next 3 days since one manager was unavailable for the interview. Immediately followed up with a offer after 3 days.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions related to bluetooth low energy since I had already done that. Other questions were funding largest sub array from a given array in O (n) complexity. Finding a missing number in the array, checking if a number is a palindrome, implementing shuffle playlist function of mp3 players, implement shift right and left with wrap around, reversing bits in a number, questions on interrupt service routines,   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offer was very competitive so I just jumped on it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Undisclosed Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nest in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Great experience overall, my recruiter was high touch and made kept me updated how things were going through the interview process and after I accepted kept in constant contact, even checking to make sure I was doing okay after having some difficult convos while giving notice.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Nest.

    Interview Details

    Submit an application/resume for an opening you find on linkedin. Hear nothing, not even an acknowledgment of receipt. Wait four months. Receive a phone call to attend an 'open house.' Attend open house. Interact politely with engineers and listen to the company spiel where they pass around a piece of CNC machined aluminum. Agree with the presenter that this 'technology' (we ARE talking about something that is done at a machine shop) is truly amazing. Politely follow up with a thank you email which will be rudely ignored.

    Interview Questions
    • I was not asked any technical questions. But, I learned enough about the company to want to steer clear of it. I was told that they intentionally did not seek out anyone with experience in the design, manufacture, or support of the product they were building: "We didn't want someone to tell us it couldn't be done." This is code for, "we don't want anyone your age who hasn't worked at Apple working here." As a potential employee, please look on the amazon website for reviews of this product and see how well this arrogance has paid off. A lot of the problems noted could have been avoided had they had the humility to engage with someone who had experience in this product space. I would wonder about the judgment of any engineer who wants to insulate himself from an opinion--one based on experience--that differs from his own.   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Nest in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    The Nest HR team is insane (the good kind, not the bad kind). The head recruiter has worked hard for many years and has built a fantastic team and fantastic environment at Nest. I think anyone would be lucky to work there - and that's applicable to all teams.

    That being said, I was quite frustrated with my interview process. I had two on-sites and met with a total of 9 or 10 people. I asked 4 of the recruiters if there was anything they would change about their candidate experience; I was disheartened that no one responded with self-criticism or self-feedback. They all told me they thought the Nest recruiting process was as good as it gets.

    Those responses fueled my frustration because I was only given a 24 hour advanced notice about my on-site interview. At the end of my second interview I was told I'd hear back by "EOD tomorrow" BUT didn't hear back for 6 days. I also requested the names of the people I would be meeting with and wasn't provided them which threw me off since I met with 8 people in one day - it was more than I was expecting and not having been able to research their backgrounds, I felt unprepared.

    All of this to say - I disagree, the candidate experience can be improved.

    I know the company has been in hyper growth-mode. They're doing amazing things and they're doing them well. The HR team takes no sh*t and as one of the interviews so well put it, "they work smart." It's a lean team.

    Of the HR teams I've met in the valley, I think Nest's HR/Recruiting is one of the most highly respected.

    Interview Questions
    • Really average stuff here, nothing crazy or unexpected as far as Q&A.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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