Panasas Interview Questions

Updated Apr 10, 2015
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    CMO Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Panasas.

    Interview

    Very thorough and rigorous interview process with the executive team and board. My advice is to do your research and bring your specific ideas about how you will contribute. I had a total of 8 meetings before I was offered the job.

    Interview Questions

    • What material impact will you have on the growth of the business in one years time, be specific and use the metrics to measure it.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Very fair and transparent.

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    Solutions Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Panasas (Sunnyvale, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Initial phone screen followed by a round of interviews in person at the Sunnyvale HQ. Very friendly staff.. they wanted to get to know me, not just see my technical capability.

    Interview Questions

    • They drew a diagram of Panasas storage architecture and asked me to explain a potential weakness.   1 Answer
    • Write some example shell or perl script to go through a basic task (i.e., regex).   Answer Question
    • Some questions around benchmark tools, for example IOR & iozone - demonstrate how to use them on a command line.   Answer Question
    • Questions on Linux and Virtualization - random   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer - File Systems Performance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Panasas (Pittsburgh, PA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, contacted by a recruiter, told that I didn't have enough experience but smart enough to get a phd so they'd give me a chance, an on-site interview was then set up in pittsburgh. The interview was with the hiring manager only, lasted for one hour.

    Interview Questions

    • The question was very vague. Given an app that does a lot of read how do you improve the performance? I was like, uhmmm there are many ways, so I focused on the blades, turned out that he wanted someone who can break down complex problems, sigh ..........   Answer Question
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Panasas (Pittsburgh, PA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I was referred by a friend. There was a phone call with the hiring manager, then lunch with him. Then a phone interview with the HR rep followed by a presentation I did to a panel and one on one interviews. The panel consisted of a broad spectrum of roles in the organization.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the largest number of items you have ever had in a backlog and how long would it have taken your team to complete all of them?   1 Answer
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    Kernel Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Panasas.

    Interview

    Got a call from recruiter then had a technical phone screen which mostly concentrated on kernel fundamentals like synchronization and memory management. Got called for an onsite interview which had 4 interviews which were an hour long. The questions ranged from design issues where I had to implement framework APIs that other kernel components can use to get high resolution timers and also some algorithmic questions. Overall the interview process was good and relevant to the positions.

    Interview Questions

    • Implement kernel APIs that other kernel component can use to get hi res timers.   1 Answer
    • If you have to large files with each file havin some unique integers in a non sorted manner, come up with a program to find if both the files have some set of numbers. Example file1 {4, 8, 9} File2 {8, 4, 9}   Answer Question
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    QA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Panasas (Sunnyvale, CA) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Telephonic interviews and later face to face. Basics of file system, networking, puzzles, C , python or perl code and data structures have been asked

    Interview Questions

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    Technical Support Engineer III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Panasas in April 2012.

    Interview

    Panasas came onto my RADAR screen via LinedIn. One of those "Jobs you may be interested in". I did a quick bit of research, and found that one of my close contacts was linked to the recruiter at the company. After an introduction, and an initial application, I was contacted by the recruiter to say they were still reviewing for the open positions, but there would be a slight delay - I think it was about 8 weeks, then I received an invitation for a telephone (screening) interview. That went extremely well, and I was told to expect a follow-up technical phone interview - only to find that it was 'escalated' to an onsite interview with the director/manager and a couple of engineers - by VIDEO CONFERENCE! This onsite was quite novel, given that my interviewers were in Pittsburg, PA and I was in Sunnyvale. I thought everything went quite well - there were obvious holes in my existing experience, due to not working in this specific space/niche before - but nothing that seemed like a show-stopper. The interview was rounded off with a couple of local folks - one from HR and one was a VP from the Engineering function. Again, all seemed to go really well. A few days later, I received notice that they had decided not to proceed with my application. I don't know why, and I am disappointed, but I'll not be burning any bridges, and I am still "Linkedin" with the recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • Would you mind waiting in this conference room - your interviewer should arrive shortly. (Sitting in front of a big TV screen).   1 Answer
    • Describe a major project you have worked on, and the technical difficulties you had to overcome - be as detailed as possible.   2 Answers
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