PMC-Sierra Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 6, 2014
Updated Aug 6, 2014
35 interviews

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    Product Design Engineer Co-op Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    HR is very friendly, keeps you updated and makes it a smooth process. The interviewers are extremely good and they make you feel comfortable. They value your preference and what you would like to do.

    Interview Questions
    • Not very difficult - the questions were conceptual and approachable.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    interviewed with another team but the manager from another team had one hour of the interview and ended up giving me an offer. the original interview was pretty technical but the one who hired me was pretty easy. showed me around and explained what the position was bout. overall not too difficult. basic VLSI stuff.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took a day - interviewed at PMC-Sierra.

    Interview Details

    I was hired full time from an intern. Intern interview was very easy. Just got interviewed by 1 engineer and a manager. I was asked few QA concepts, and some questions on my coursework. Nothing major. With manager it was more about the work team was doing.

    Accepted Offer
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    ASIC DesignEngineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Roseville, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at PMC-Sierra in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview, and one on-site

    Interview Questions
    • Everything about metastability, fsm. FIFO buffer in CDC. Setup time, hold time equations. Questions on counters and how to make synchronous and asynchronous counters using JKFF.

      On site is 8 rounds 45 min each. It was tiring but everyone is welcoming and very knowledgeable.

      Beware of an Indian Guy. He was very rude.He asked me to present code for my verilog projects instead of questions. He asked me several questions one after another with a time lag of like 4 seconds and would not let me answer them. He then left making disappointing comments. It was my last round of interview

      everyone apart from him were great.
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Firmware Engineer Intern Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took a day - interviewed at PMC-Sierra.

    Interview Details

    phone interview for 90 mins. Two senior firmware engineers interviewed with mostly C programming questions viz. different types of storage classes. Use of volatile declaration. pointer to a function prototype. sizeof, tricky array questions and pointer related questions.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Firmware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Rochester, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rochester, MN
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency - interviewed at PMC-Sierra in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview with HR, Phone interview with Technical lead, Onsite interview with hiring manager

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Not much, accepted offer since out of job
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Firmware Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 10 months - interviewed at PMC-Sierra.

    Interview Details

    Their interview process sucks big time. They schedule an interview time and don't call. You get tired of waiting with no call and you get email saying they want to reschedule. I have had two interviewer did that to me. After interview they would not tell you the outcome. There is an indian guy and he is very arrogant and he keeps asking you same question and irritate you to death. I think he just tries to make himself superior.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
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    Software Development Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at PMC-Sierra.

    Interview Details

    First I got a call for 15 minutes from the hiring manager . the call lasted for 20 minutes. Manager asked me about my interests and my desires to work at system level.
    Next round was on-site. I was interviewed by 4 team members including Manager, senior manager and team leader. The questions included concepts on OS and C programming.

    Interview Questions
    • How will threads work in multi-core processors.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Firmware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at PMC-Sierra in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    One phone screen with simple technical question, and then a on-site interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Applications Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Application Details

    I interviewed through college or university. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at PMC-Sierra in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    1) Telephonic interview. (30 minutes approximately)
    2) Face to face interview with manager and 2 team members.(1 hour each)

    Negotiation Details
    A rise upto 4% of base salary. No negotiation for benefits
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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