PMC-Sierra Interview Questions in Canada

Updated Dec 15, 2014
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    Firmware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PMC-Sierra.

    Interview

    30 Minute phone interview asking basic questions about C programming.

    Interview Questions

    • What is volatile keyword?   1 Answer
    • What is static and const mean?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Low pay for location, got better offer elsewhere, rumor has it that PMC is a terrible place to work.

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    Systems Validation Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at PMC-Sierra (Burnaby, BC (Canada)) in September 2012.

    Interview

    There is no telephone interview for this positon. I was contacted by email and asked for a 1 hour onsite interview.
    A lot of behaviour interview questions are asked at the beginning and then followed by a lot of technical questions.
    After 1 hour talking, there is a 30 - min quizze. I dont have enough time to finish it . It has software, hardware, firmware questions.

    Interview Questions

    • A lot of questions are very detailed. If you did not work in a specific area before, you will not be able to answer it.   Answer Question
  3.  

    Product Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at PMC-Sierra (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in January 2011.

    Interview

    Applied on-line. Had a phone interview and then on-site interview with 5-6 managers. Whole process took 4-5 hours. Interview included technical, behavioral and ASIC design questions.

    Interview Questions

    • How to vary silicon process to achieve low power dissipation   1 Answer
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    DSP Digital Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at PMC-Sierra (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in September 2010.

    Interview

    The company usually conduct 4 interviews on an average. You are interviewed by leads in BC (HQ) as well as in Montreal.

    My first interview was with a lead from BC, he was friendly and was mostly interested in my background. Asked me basic DSP question (If you are familiar with basic concepts this is straightforward)

    This job requires the knowledge of digital design, which was the theme of my 2nd interview.

    Overall, I'd say the interview process intense but not difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview is personalized and strongly dependent on background.   1 Answer
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    Systems Validation Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PMC-Sierra (Burnaby, BC (Canada)) in April 2010.

    Interview

    A lot of personality questions were asked by the manager, followed by a systematic technical test, which is hard for a new grad. The whole interview was about 2 hours.

    Interview Questions

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    Verification Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at PMC-Sierra (Burnaby, BC (Canada)) in February 2010.

    Interview

    The HR contacted me for the position to schedule a phone interview in the next few days. The phone interview was scheduled for 45 mins.
    The interviewer asked several basic coding questions including reversing a linked list and many bit manipulation questions. Also a simple math related question at the end

    Interview Questions

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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PMC-Sierra (Burnaby, BC (Canada)) in March 2008.

    Interview

    Phone screening and one full day onsite interview.

    Interview Questions

    • All deep design questions from Books.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Easy to negotiate.

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