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- Declined OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in May 2015.
I got an e-mail 3 days after applying online requesting a phone conversation. I had a phone conversation with HR asking my salary expectations. I stated the number I saw on glassdoor 78-80k. She said that was too high and how about something in the 60k RANGE. I said ok something in the high end of that range. I had a second phone interview with the team I'd be working with. A week later I had the in person interview. Prior to the interview they have you fill out an application so they can do a background check. I had a 3.5 hour interview with the team and the VP I'd be supporting. They offered me tea or coffee but no snack (eat before you go). I met with the HR lady first. She immediately wanted to discuss numbers. At first she offered 60k and I said I had been making 10k more than that at my last job. She then jumped to 65k and i said that was closer to what I wanted but needed to learn more about the position before committing to a number. She then said 68k plus 3k bonus and I said that sounded about right but let me learn more about the position. After that I met everyone I'd be working with and supporting. The day after the interview they asked for my references to call and conducted a background check which took over a week. They called all my references. HR called me again and said they were prepared me make me an offer I'd be very happy with. A week later I got an offer, 60k. I countered with pointing out my previous salary, my education, and my years of experience and asked about the numbers we discussed when we met in person (the 68k+bonus). She denied ever having that discussion with me. My jaw nearly hit the ground. She said she would have never discussed numbers with me without approval. I was shocked and it was off putting. I asked for 65k and she said the best she could do is 62k. I asked about RSUs and sign on bonus. She said RSUs are for engineers only. She said she would see if she could get me a sign on bonus to "sweetin the pot". Her denial of ever having that conversation with me about numbers pretty much made me not want the job. Funny, because a week later she called me and told me they could not give me what I wanted and withdrew the job offer. I was relieved.
- What is one thing you can't stand at work? Something that drives you crazy. 1 Answer
Reasons for Declining
The negotiations were shady
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in September 2014.
Met first with my director. When he determined that I would be a fit, he had me scheduled to come back to do 1 on 1 interviews with other members of the team. Met with 4 people in a row. Not too stressful.
- Asked about my experience. Asked about tax provision. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in March 2014.
I gave a presentation before the interview, so the rest of the interview is mostly concerned with that. Also they try to relate the problems they try to solve with my research, quite comfortable conversation and nice people. Very basic programming question and everyone seems to be concerned with how many lines of code you have wrote.
- Not a particular difficult one. Some of the problems they don't even know the answer, just show your logic of thinking, not necessarily the right result. Answer Question
not much to negotiate for a fresh graduate
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in March 2013.
They sent an email to let me know the details of the job requirement and position. We set up a time for the phone interview. The first round of phone interview was conducted by the team lead and went on for about 30 minutes. Then the second round of phone interview was scheduled within the next hour. This was conducted by two members of the team.
- Questions were mostly programming related. I was asked to write codes over the phone, which was difficult for me, considering my hardware background. Answer Question
- Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in August 2011.
It was a normal interview like any other company, not much special.
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in July 2011.
Interviewed in person with about 3 people. One of them was a manager, and 2 engineers. Interview with the engineers went well, but the manager, who also asked me to write programs, didn't quite seem to understand the code. He asked about writing a program to find out the endianess of a machine. When he wasn't sure about the function, he asked "how else can you find out". I said the endianess is also defined in one of the system header files. He then asked "which one?", to which I replied "i don't the exact one, but perhaps machine.h or something like that. A find/grep would take a minute or so." He didn't seem to like the answer, or perhaps wasn't sure himself. In any case, I felt he tried to continue to ask questions just to come to one that I wouldn't be able to answer. He was truly a bad interviewer. The other engineers who were more technical didn't appear to be this way.
- Write a function to find the endianess of a machine. Answer Question
- Declined OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Synopsys (Sunnyvale, CA) in November 2009.
Std. process in bay area - 1:1 interview with 4-5 team members on technical q's
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