Panasas
3.5 of 5 8 reviews
www.panasas.com Sunnyvale, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Panasas Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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Kernel Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

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

Interview Details – 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.   View 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

QA Engineer
Sunnyvale, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Panasas in April 2013.

Interview Details – 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 Question – Questions related to data structures, C coding   Answer Question

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IT/Systems Administrator Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Panasas.

Interview Details – Recruiter was pleasant to deal with. Knowledgable about the company, culture, team and position as well as thorough in answering all my questions.

Hiring manager - seemed to be more interested in checking off the boxes than getting to know me or my skill set. During the phone screen he asked a series of questions. Two of the questions, he repeated twice, as if he wasn't even listening to what I was telling him.

Interview Question – During the in-person/on-site interview I was taken to a room and was asked a few more questions by the hiring manager. Then without notice, a TV in the far corner of the room turned on, the hiring manager stood up and left. Next thing I knew I was talking via video conference with two guys who started asking more questions. At one point, I had to stop and ask, Who are you? Where are you? I had no idea if they were across the street or 1000's of miles away. Turns out they were on the other side of the country.

Overall Panasas could improve their interviewing skills by learning some basic social/people skills.
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Technical Support Engineer III Interview

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

Interview Details – 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).   View Answer
  • Describe a major project you have worked on, and the technical difficulties you had to overcome - be as detailed as possible.   View Answer

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