I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at VMware in July 2011.
Interview Details –
- Recruiter screening (Week 1)
- Phone interview screen by hiring manager (Week 2)
- Phone interview screen by Senior Engineer - Technical Round (Week 3)
- In person interview with 10 people (Week 4)
- Salary and package negotiation (Week 5)
Signed NDA. Can't talk about the questions and other details
Reason for Declining – Multiple offers. Decided to go with a company where I got a great package.
The process took 3 months - interviewed at VMware in July 2011.
Interview Details –
Terrible process. Although they were nice enough to accommodate some of my scheduling issues, it was handled awfully. For example, after two phone screen interviews in mid-April that they were flying me out for an onsite interview, but due to significant screw-ups on their part (and a 3 week period when I was on vacation), it didn't happen till mid-July.
The interview scheduling itself was quite awful. Thrice, they asked me for dates that I could fly to California. Twice, those dates went by without any contact from them (even though I told them I had another offer, and they assured me they would hurry up). The third time, they emailed me the morning before and said I was going to be booked on a flight the next day! And then after I reminded them at 9 PM that night that I still didn't have tickets for my flight the next morning, they sent them to me about half an hour before midnight. I blame this, in part, for not having enough time to prepare.
The interview itself was OK, although I don't think I did well enough to get an offer. One interviewer was openly hostile towards me because he saw my major on my resume and immediately assumed that I was not qualified (He actually said the words "Your major is XXX. Why have you even applied for THIS job?"). They assured me a result very quickly, within a day or two, since I had to tell the other company that made me an offer to wait. It's been 3 days now, and no reply. I've pretty much given up hope; even if they do make me an offer, I'm not sure I want to work here
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at VMware in April 2011.
Interview Details – Initial communication consisted of discussions with a recruiter followed by a phone screen with the hiring manger. Interview was all-day at the VMware campus in Palo Alto. It consisted of one-on-one meetings with a number of engineers of various ranks from within the group, as well as the hiring manager and another group manager. The interviews focused on programming questions, but there were also systems design questions. Recruiter followed up in a couple of days following meeting with the interview team.
Interview Question – How would you implement VMotion? Answer Question
The process took 5 days - interviewed at VMware in December 2009.
Interview Details –
They turned me down. Interviewers were highly condescending, and looking for specific answers. After they declined me, I got offers from Microsoft and Google, with a good salary / stock combo at each.
They should learn to treat interviewees with respect, and train their interviewers to judge better.
Based on interviewer's attitude, I wouldnt wanna work there anyways, even if they offered me a better salary.
Interview Question – dont remember. some programming puzzle. View Answer
The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at VMware in June 2009.
Interview Details – The recruiter had a formal chat and then arranged 3 1:1 interview over phone. Even though all the interviews are fared well, there is no response from them. I sent a mail to one of the interviewers and he mentioned that the Manager is out of station and will give a call once she is back. But no response anymore.
Interview Question – How do you do compression? Which is better whether inline or background? If so what are the advantages and disadvantages Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at VMware in March 2009.
Interview Details –
At the time I had my resume posted online; I was approached by VmWare and requested to interview with them by phone.
I agreed to take the interview and was informed that the interview would be related to C++ questions.
When the interview started, I was initially slightly taken aback at the brusque manner in which the interview proceeded; not unfriendly per-se, but there was hardly any preamble before the interviewer launched into his series of questions. I wasn't terribly put off by the manner, really; this was a screening interview, after all... however, as an experienced engineer with a steady capability to land the job I want, I now view interview processes as a 2-way street and expect the opportunity to ask at least a couple of questions.
The real issue I had with the interview was the content. Out of about 10 questions, not one related to C++, which was what I had been told; I don't care if an employer wants to keep the content of their interview secret, but to advise me of the content in advance, but then switch tack without warning is bad coordination at best, and sneaky at worst.
The actual questions asked were complex algorithm problems, not generic problem solvers, but very specific algorithmic-related scenarios, for which you pull a known algorighm out of the box and recite it; essentially a memory-test.
It became a bit ridiculous when the interviewer indicated that if I already knew the answer that I should tell him this and he would go to the next question.... So I was expected to, within seconds, over a phone, solve fairly complex problems that would normally take at least a couple of hours to review and solve from first principles.
It was basically a catch-22 situation; If I happened to know the answer , I wasn't supposed to give it, but if I didn't know the answer I was supposed to, at the drop of a hat, come up with the full solution.
It's a fairly standard process to present oblique problems to interviewees and see how they grapple with them; I do this myself when I am on the other side of the desk, but in a phone interview you simply don't have the time to work through hyper-complex problems that have specifically only one answer, and it is impossible for the interviewer to determine your collaborative capabailities; it becomes, essentially, a stress-test.
Anyways, in the end I muddled through the problems; for the algorithms I didn't know I did pretty well, I think. In fact I pulled some decent solutions out on short notice. I didn't care if they called back, I wasn't going to accept any job there; I knew I would end up working with the interviewer and, to be frank, I don't work well with people who are inflexible in their thinking. They did call back about a year later indicating that they were interested in talking to me again. At this point I had landed a great position at a different company and was still a bit annoyed so I declined.
In conclusion, for this particular group, and perhaps only this person in question, it appeared that they were filtering out people who didn't have robot-savant type quailities. This might not reflect the culture as whole, but it certainly turned me off this place.
The lack of a follow-up email after the interview was not very kosher, either... I didn't hear from them again until they were on a different recruiting drive.
Interview Question – "I'm going to ask you a series of questions, if you know the textbook answer, don't bother answering and let me know and I'll just move on to the next one, OK?" View Answers (2)
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at VMware.
Interview Details – The process starts with the written test in the campus.The paper consists of simple aptitude c,c++ ,data structure ,os,DBMS networking questions.
Interview Question – During the interview,the interviewer asked about segment tree. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at VMware in June 2012.
Interview Details – Standard process, no surprise.
Pros: “Plenty of training opportunities and good atmosphere” – Full Review
— Full Overview
Provided by employer [?]
This is the employer's chance to tell you why you should work for them. The information provided is from their perspective.
Your feedback has been sent to the team and we'll look into it.
The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.
The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.
Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.
Simply post an anonymous review for a recent interview experience or current/former employer. Your post is anonymous – and if you're worried someone will be able to identify your review, you can even post without telling us your job title and location. Learn More.
No thanks –