Symantec Interview Questions in Los Angeles, CA

Updated May 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (9)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process was pretty smooth. Got a call for technical interview initially. After that had another round of technical interview. Finally a HR round. The whole process took around 3 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were specific to the team I was being interviewed for 1. Basic java and C++ ( checked vs unchecked exception, usage of volatile keyword ) 2. Multithreading related questions 3. Singleton design pattern 4. Multiprocessor related scenario based question 5. Question from the resume - mostly about previous projects 6. Security related questions - virus, worms, IDS, firewall   Answer Question
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    Principal Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Los Angeles, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Apply in University career fair. Onsite interview one week after. There are three person that interview me in total. There is no break between them. Each one takes 45 min and the whole process goes a little bit longer than 2 hours. The last one interview me is the team manager.

    Interview Questions

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in November 2014.

    Interview

    Met a recruiter at my school's career fair. He sent me an email a few days later asking to schedule a 30-45 minute technical interview. I scheduled the interview for a few weeks after the email was sent-- all coding questions (3 or them): one on implementing a stack with template, one on trees, one about parenthesis checking (also stack). Coded in C++ on collabedit. Moved on to on-site interview: mostly conceptual questions about polymorphism, classes, and data structures. Got phone call a few days later saying I made it through, and HR contacted me the following week. Took about 2 weeks to finalize offer. Total time taken to finalize things after the initial phone interview: ~3 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • Question about malloc, free, realloc (more C like terms)   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Did no negotiate. First time applying for internships (inexperienced), offer was competitive.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 7+ months. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in August 2014.

    Interview

    I had a behavioral phone interview followed a few days later by a technical phone interview. About 2 weeks after the technical phone interview, I had a onsite interview that consisted of another behavioral phone interview and 3 technical interviews. The interview process was moderately challenging, but fair, and I liked the people I met. About 6 weeks after my onsite interview I hadn't heard anything from Symantec, so I contacted them and was told someone would get back to me. Another 2 weeks go by, and I made another attempt to contact them, and got the same answer. About 4 months later, the status of my application on the Symantec jobs website changed to “No Longer Under Consideration”. I was never contacted by anyone after my onsite interview.

    Interview Questions

    • The technical phone interview consisted mostly of testing my knowledge of C++. The onsite interviews were mostly design questions.   Answer Question
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    SQA Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    A recruiter reached out to me regarding open position at Symantec. The recruiter worked quickly to set up 1 phone screenings and quickly move to an onsite interview. Everything was done in less than a week. Everything was pretty standard in terms of questioning. Coding exercises, data structure, algorithm, basic demonstrations and verbal descriptions of software solutions was chiefly the way to go. The team that I interviewed with was very supportive too. It was one of the quickest interview I ever had and the interviewer was easy to talk with

    Interview Questions

    • asked if I liked to play games, and what games.. how would you develop + test it..   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    no negotiation

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in July 2014.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a former colleague, mentioning that Symantec is having a very hard time finding C++ developers, and asking if I would be interested. He sent me a referral and a recruiter contacted me the next day. Two phone calls to talk about the position was scheduled for the next day, and then a technical phone interview was scheduled for later that week. The initial phone call was just the recruiter reiterating the job description. They asked some very easy multiple choice technical questions and what my expected salary was. I mentioned that I noticed some other positions might be a closer match to my skills, and the recruiter told me that if this position wasn't a good fit, they would refer me to the groups with the other positions. Some minor red flags were raised here, but only one made me consider stopping the interview process: when I mentioned I'd expect a bit more compensation to make up for a much longer commute, they just laughed and said 'oh, no, we won't give you more money because you have to commute.' The second phone call was with the hiring manager. He asked some open and 'Tell me about a time when...' questions. There wasn't really anything technical. The third phone call was a technical interview with a developer. It didn't cover much; there were a few more technical 'Tell me about a time when...' questions, and then I was asked to write code that does some basic text processing. The third interview ended with the interviewer telling me that the recruiter would get back to me the next day to schedule an in-person interview, but I didn't receive any subsequent communications. I think this might have been because my expected salary was too high.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a scenario where you changed a data structure or algorithm to improve performance.   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer In Test/QA/Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Please read it if you are interviewing with Symantec. The worst company I have ever interviewed with. Please think before accepting the offer. I got the first random call from them and was asked to give the interview. I was told the its Software Engineer in Test position. These were the exact word. Cleared that round and they schedules second phone interview 2 days later. They called me and told its QA position and asked me some QA related questions. I cleared that. They want to call me for onsite interview . It was Thursday and they asked me to come onsite on Monday. Everything was on phone. They didnt mail me till Saturday. Heights of irresponsibility. I emailed them back and asked. They said they wont be able to conduct on Monday. So they will reach me back. I mailed them twice but no reply. One week passed away. Then I asked them to schedule it on next wednesday. They said they will mail me the details. No email again till tuesday, the day before my interview. Again I mailed them and asked. They said they are working on it. How pathetic. Tomorrow is my interview and they are still working. Next day they scheduled my interview on Thursday. I went for the interview. I got to know that the position has changed and they will be interviewing me for the Software Engineer position. Great! At the last moment they change the way they want. It was ok for me. They took the first 2 rounds which were not the technical rounds. They just discussed the position. There were going to be 6 rounds. 2nd round was taken by the manager and he said he is sending the interviewer for the third round. Then a person came in and said they are looking for a strong developer so they cannot move forward. I was shocked. What was that. I told him that , I have not yet been tested on my coding skills . How can you judge without testing him. Actually there were no open position. They were just fooling me. Its the worst company I have ever interviewed and would not suggest anyone.

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    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA).

    Interview

    interview with HR, then phone interview with a Developer and finally 1-1 interview with 4 engineers

    Interview Questions

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Frontend Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Culver City, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    The process took a month. I was initially pre-screened by a person in Mountain View who later scheduled a phone interview with a Frontend Engineer. The phone interview was about 45 minutes. We talked about my previous experience and later she asked me a series of Javascript and jQuery questions. Basic questions like what is closure, variable hoisting, DOM manipulation questions. The onsite interview lasted 6 hours with six different 6 engineers. Some engineers were not asking too many technical questions and just wanted to get a feel for you. Some were very technical. Come prepared with Backbone.js and AngularJS knowledge.

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    Associate Hardware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Symantec (Culver City, CA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    1. Pre-screening by HR recruiter 2. Phone Interview with hiring manager 3. Non-Technical Interview 4. Technical Interview 5. Hired

    Interview Questions

    • Interviewers prepared and compiled questions from all network and VM related topics. The questions based on scenario, and you need to describe the steps of troubleshooting and fix. Sometimes, they also ask about Linux and DOS commands such as like diskpart   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Got a better offer from other team

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