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Updated Nov 22, 2014
Updated Nov 22, 2014
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Member of Technical Staff Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
Application Details

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at VMware in August 2012.

Interview Details

First phone interview, then a problem would be given over mail to be solved. Onsite interview will consist of 5 rounds typically. Team members would interview in elaborate style (not very tough), basic data structures, little bit language specific interviews might be there.

Interview Questions
  • One manager asked to write lot of syntaxes in Java. Which I was not prepared.   View Answer
Negotiation Details
Non- negotiable. For New graduates.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at VMware in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Not a super hard interview, but definitely not easy. I had 3 phone screens followed by 6 1-on-1 interviews onsite. Luckily, the recruiter I worked with was very helpful. Had a difficult time communicating with one interviewer(both on the phone and onsite), but in general everybody was extremely professional. As for the answers to the questions, they aren't as important as your approach to the problem. The interviewers generally tend to push you in the right direction if they think you are off track .
    Questions mostly focussed on string manipulations, scalability, multithreading, design patterns, and data structures. Definitely brush up on the basic data structures.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate much as the initial offer was pretty good. If they think you're good, they will make a matching offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at VMware in January 2012.

    Interview Details

    Great hiring process! Interviewers were friendly and gave enough room to express my thoughts.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at VMware in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    Was referred by a friend for this position. The manager called me first for a telephonic interview. The had done research in grad school which aligned with the requirements for this position. The manager asked few questions about my research and explained what they do and what they expect. Things went well and was called onsite in a week.

    My first interview was with a staff engineer. He was really good, asked really interlligent questions and helped me when needed. It went really well. The second interviewer asked questions on my research and some on OS frundamentals. And then, I had to interview with an arrogant engineer after lunch. He dint know a damm about my research and or experience. The interviewer and me worked in the same city back in India a few years back, so he started asking about projects that company worked on (and not me). He was just too arrogant. I refused to answer questions after a point even though I thought i knew.

    So expect for this one interview, others went fine. But as usually, the company never contacted me back. When I called the recruiter, he said the mgr and team was busy..

    So to summarize, from what I have heard and experienced, vmware looks for ppl with specific expertise only. It is not a place u can learn new things, u just develop based on your existing knowledge.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at VMware in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Got a phone call from hiring manager who used to work with me. Set up an full-day onsite interview which includes a Ph.D work presentation from me and 1:1 interview with 7 other people. These 6 people are: a recruiter (so quite easy for me), hiring manager (also not bad), four Staff/Sr. Staff engineers and a Sr. Director. A lot of technical questions were asked, ranging from programming (C, Java, C++) to software engineering. Not a super hard interview but definitely not easy. People who interviewed me seemed to be very nice.

    Interview Questions
    • Draw on whiteboard a box presenting a system, a few inputs and a few outputs. Possible two ways of implementing the box: one is to multithread per input, one is to multithread by functions/modules, and run fixed # of threads per function/module and process inputs in a pipeline fashion. Compare the pros and cons of these two implementations.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate a lot since the hiring manager worked with me before.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at VMware in June 2011.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview consisted of simple algorithm test for finding permutations. Onsite interview was all day and had do 5, 45-minute interviews. Each of these was a relatively straightforward textbook algorithm question as well as more high-level conceptual questions about operating systems. It was definitely very useful to know some basic facts about trees, lists, graphs, and hash tables, but nothing additional particularly needed.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at VMware in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    2 phone interviews and a 1 day onsite interview. Onsite interview had 6 rounds of interviews including lunch + an interview with HR in the end.

    C++, Java, algorithms, OS and networking concepts, distributed systems, writing code in each round of interview. Your previous projects.

    Interview Questions
    • If you have all the CS concepts covered you should not have much difficulty.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at VMware in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    2 Phone interviews followed by 4 onsite interviews. Onsite interviewers were not so professional and some of them did not even had a clue how to conduct interview. It was more like a one way communication.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at VMware in December 2009.

    Interview Details

    As a former intern, there was no strict interviewing process. As a result of my internship project and presentation, before I completed my internship, an engineering manager extended an offer for full time employment upon graduation. After expressing interest in that verbal offer, I was told that a recruiter would be in touch with a written offer once some paperwork was completed.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate my base salary (by ~5%), but not my benefits. As benefits are fixed across the organization based on seniority, there was no wiggle room there (other than a verbal "if you really want extra time off, you can just take off an extra week or two each year unpaid as long as you give me enough warning").
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at VMware in April 2008.

    Interview Details

    It took 3 months to go from my first email to a VMware recruiter to getting an offer. I interviewed with three different teams. Seems like if they think you are good but don't have the amount of experience that the group you are interviewing with needs, then the recruiter tries to find you a different group within the company where your experience matches what the group needs. I really liked the recruiters that I worked with, although the last of the three that I spoke with was hard to get hold of sometimes.

    VMware's process for interviewing developers with less than 2 or 3 years of experience was certainly better than at Google, whose process takes even longer, and where software developers don't interview to enter a specific team at Google, they just interview for Google. Unlike VMware, Google recruiters didn't seem to be able to know whether you were likely to get a job or not based on your interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • Write the solution to the single writer, multiple reader problem   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Yes. Although I was told by the recruiter that they probably couldn't give me more than $5K less than what I was asking, I explained to them why they should give what I wanted, I was cordial, I had a counteroffer (from a startup), and I based my salary request on what I knew about what my friends at the company make. In the end they gave me what I requested.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

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