VMware Interview Questions in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Mar 19, 2015
Updated Mar 19, 2015
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    Order Analyst 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 November 2013.

    Interview Details

    Had a brief phone interview in regards to the responsibilities of the contract position and if I was interested. Of course I was, so the next day I was contacted by the department Manager to schedule an in-person interview. Met with the Manager and Supervisor for a one hour interview. Although I found the interview to be pretty difficult due to the types of questions asked, overall I thought it went well. The Manager and Supervisor were very friendly, knowledgeable, and explained exactly what they are looking for in their new hire. They spoke very positive and well about the company's environment and culture. I was happy to hear VMware is "here to stay" and the company finds it very important to provide their employees long term opportunities and growth.

    Interview Questions
    • Something along the lines of "If someone from Sales was very pushy towards you in booking an order, however not following procedures and claiming they received approval from their boss, how would you handle this scenario? What if you don't have all the information needed to complete this order?"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at VMware in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    Reached out to a recruiter on LinkedIn. After initial phone screen was asked to speak to the Hiring Manager.

    Hiring manager phone went really well we covered the role, product, expectations, my experience and products that I like.
    Next I was asked to speak to a Project Manager that managed the engineering team - the interviewer was down to earth; explained nuances of the role and overall a great experience.

    I was invited for an onsite interview - while they were scheduling the interview - I got another offer and hence they scrambled to schedule the interview one week before they would have ideally liked to.

    Onsite interview was excellently scheduled with 3 1:1's with 3 pairs of interviewers:
    1. Lunch interview hiring manager - he asked me about questions that I would like to be answered over the course of interviews.
    2. Interview with Project Manager that I had spoken to before - in person he was a gem of an interviewer.
    3. First group Interview with Director and a Sr. Product Marketing Manager - they had some real life practical and theoretical product management questions. All in all I thought the interview went really well.
    4. Group Interview with pair of engineers - productive conversation
    5. Group interview with second pair of engineers - different conversation but pleasant nevertheless
    6. Interview with another Sr. Director that was previously involved in the product. It was a brief 10 minute interview
    7. Finally the Hiring manager came back again and I had 15 minute conversation including my feedback - anything that I wish knew before I interviewed for the role.

    The recruiter had promised that I will get the feedback the next day. As in cue, the recruiter told me that the interview panel really liked me and I had great PM experience but at thsi time they would pass on me as they are looking to hire someone more senior.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be able to present in front of 1000 people?
      Let's say the engineering team comes to you saying they could release only 4 out of 5 must have features planned for the release? Would yous till go with the release?
       
      Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at VMware.

    Interview Details

    vmware recruiters are probably some of the worst. They can be disrespectful and rude, just be prepared for that.

    The phone screens were pretty typical as was the onsite. There is a big deal of focus on multithreading and data structures/algorithms. But if you are well prepared for interviews in the valley, you will notice that vmware interviews are easier than other more desired companies like google, facebook, linked in and box.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing was unexpected. Typical tree algorithms with focus on multithreading.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Of all the offers at hand, vmware had the worst recruiting experience. They have faced a lot of attrition from senior engineers and recent-quits from vmware warned me against joining vmware. There code base is pretty bad at this point and that with the lack of good talent could mean a really tough experience once you join.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Revenue Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at VMware.

    Interview Details

    An initial phone screen with a recruiter. Resume is then sent to hiring manager for review. Second phone interview with a revenue manager. Finally, a in person interview (make sure to ask what building as my coordinator did not give me the correct building number..). Team is very nice, but for the Palo Alto location they will only hire individuals of asian and caucasian descent, regardless of your qualifications.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you think you can handle this position?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Legal 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 5+ monthsinterviewed at VMware.

    Interview Details

    My first contact was with Luann Walsh. Luann is the best recruiter I have ever encountered. She was thorough, honest and responsive throughout the interview process. During our first meeting she primarily gathered information from me: my current role, the structure of the team, my interests and goals. She informed me that she would get back to me in two days to let me know if I would be a good fit; she called me back within two days. I went for an initial interview with the hiring manager shortly thereafter and we hit it off. After the interview with the hiring manager I met with Luann and she explained that the company was still trying to decide the right level of person for the position, but that I was a strong candidate. Shortly thereafter she reached out to me and informed me that the company was going to hold off on hiring for the position, but she would let me know if/when things changed. Several months later I received a call from Luann asking if I was still interested in the position. Within 2 weeks I had six interviews set up with various people in the legal department, including the General Counsel. Everyone I met with was fabulous: high energy, excited about what they do, honest about the pros and cons (I have been working at the company for a month now and all my impressions from the interview process hold true). After the interview Luann maintained regular contact with me, letting me know the status every step of the way. I always felt fully informed and that everyone truly cared about my feelings throughout the process. One notable experience was that when I sent thank you notes to everyone I interviewed with I received several responses to my thank you notes, including from the General Counsel. Those special touches go a long way to making a great experience.

    Interview Questions
    • I cannot think of anything specific that I was asked during the interview process.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    As an attorney, I tried to negotiate everything: base salary, stock, sign-on bonus...There was some movement in the sign-on bonus. The package they offered was great and I am very happy with the outcome.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Senior Member of Technical Staff Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at VMware in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Initial communication with HR who asked why do you want to join VmWare & what do you know about the products etc. Followed by phone screen which turned out to be coding round.
    F2F was 9 rounds including 1 with HR. All 8 were coding rounds on white board & included mostly data structures. However, 4 rounds were pretty similar.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Senior Project Manager 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 5 daysinterviewed at VMware in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was efficient and to the point. There were no questions that showed the interviewer was lazy. The interviewer really cared about placing the right person in this position for quality delivery in a concentrated time-frame.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deliver a project when there are two conflicting directives issued by your manager and your manager's manager?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Product Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Interview Details

    HR screen. Was told I would receive a call from hiring mgr. Silence. HR screen repeated some months later for what seemed to be the same job, but was actually a different role. Progress to full day on site with HR, hiring mgr, 3 other "stakeholders" from related departments. HR was 45 minutes late to kick off that in person all day process.

    Interview Questions
    • no difficult questions per se. focus on past histroy, successess   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at VMware in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    Recruiter was very professional in her approach all through the process.

    The biggest turn-off for me was the attitude of the hiring manager. He lacked the basic values, awareness and interpersonal skills needed to interact with experienced professionals, and failed to address important questions on the project and what the team is looking for.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a weekinterviewed at VMware in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I interviewed at VWMare twice, and both experiences were strangely simliar. First, the hiring manager thought I was great and a good fit, and seemed ready to have me start right away.

    Then I met the hiring manager's manager -- and in both cases, it was a disaster.

    The first senior manager showed up very late to a 5pm meeting saying they had been through interviews all day long, and commented, "I think I must have seen your resume." That's not something to inspire confieence in a prospective hire. The person was obviously in poor health and exhausted. Unfortunately, I presented a copy of my resume -- note to self: never do that again -- and we spent the next 20 minutes discussing the definitions of the terms in my objective paragraph... they were just too tired to think clearly and kept asking random questions that were off-topic. It was a waste of time.

    In the second round of interviews for a similar position, the senior manager showed up (again) late, 20 minutes into a 30-minute interview. I tried to give short answers but they seemed unsatisfied and we never connected, then they had to run off to another meeting, complaining about how the recruiters don't allow enough time.

    For the first job, I was told I would "not get along with the team." For the second, I never heard back from the recruiter.

    Interview Questions
    • I was interviewed by the technical lead who asked me, "you've worked at XXX for years, you must be burned out."   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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