VMware Staff Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Aug 7, 2015
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Staff Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied in-person. The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2015.

Interview

A former colleague of mine was already working at VMware and he and I connected ahead of time over lunch at VMware along with a project manager he worked alongside with. This was where I was able to ask questions ranging from bad to good, and soft-ball to aggressive without worrying about my interview performance. We all decided we were excited about the prospect and wanted to move forward. I came in during an interview event but was interviewed separately. I met my potential manager, potential tech lead, and several really great engineers. I was asked technical questions about algorithms, file system design, and a coding question where the focus was on not having bugs on a whiteboard.

Interview Questions

  • How would you design a transactional file system?   1 Answer

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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Interviewed for a Windows Developer Position. Had a phone screen on basic windows kernel calls and driver development . Onsite interview went over projects I worked on and Windows Kernel mode and user mode concepts .

    Interview Questions

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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Phone screen interview. On-site interview - 5 hours, engineers and managers. You can have follow up phone interviews after that as well. Interview with HR. HR is negotiating the offer. They are not in the rush, it's not recommended to take the first offer. Some folks had like a 6 months negotiation back and forth.

    Interview Questions

    • Know your staff, there are many experienced folks, be prepared to talk about what you have on your resume. Coding questions standard for industry.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    They are not in a rush, products are not treated as mission critical. You can negotiate over a couple of months, if you have time. Be patient. It's not recommended to negotiate on your own, it's better to come as a part of acquisition.

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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at VMware (Palo Alto, CA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I was initially contacted by a VMWare recruiter via Linkedin. After the initial phone conversation with the recruiter, my details were put into their recruiting database. Within a week I was contacted by 5 different recruiters looking for front end web developers for their respective VMware teams. I picked one of the teams and had a phone call with the recruiter. After talking to the recruiter about my background and interests and confirming my interest in his team, a technical phone screen was scheduled. During the technical phone screen, I was asked questions about my background, and then a few coding questions and UI design questions. The interviewer was satisfied, so I was then schedule for an on-site interview. The on-site interview was an all-day affair, starting at 9am and ending at 4:30pm. I talked to 5 engineers and 3 managers. The engineers asked coding questions (design and code a Tic-Tac-Toe game, implement a LRU cache), algorithm questions (various ways to efficiently scan logfiles), and web UI questions (how to present data for different scenarios). After the on-site interview, the recruiter contacted me with an offer at the Staff Engineer level, salary, signing bonus, yearly target bonus, and RSUs.

    Interview Questions

    • Implement a LRU cache that can be initialized with a max size (in bytes) and keeps track of the hits/misses.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    The group wasn't the right match for what I was looking for. I was looking for a group with more Web UI expertise, but this team was comprised of people who were systems and backend oriented.

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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at VMware.

    Interview

    Applied online for a position in Networking and Security BU... Twice the phone interview was scheduled and the guy never showed up. Very unprofessional attitude by this team. So I told them I'm not interested !!

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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Bangalore (India)) in May 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process ran more than 60+ days totaling to 8 rounds with 1 face-2-face and all others telephonic from india and US. Most of the question were based on networking(my profile) mostly related to troubleshooting, as the position was for escalation team in NSX. The HR took a week, came back with a verbal offers disclosed all the details. I hd a short notice with current employer, so asked if they will reimburse the short notice. The HR said he needs to get an approval from the hiring manager. This short notice was already informed to HR b4 the start of the interview process. After this there were no mails/call response from HR for over 2 weeks, even after repeated mails/calls to HR. This made me suspicious, as the HR was avoiding. Later HR called and said, they cant reimburse short notice period, and hv to joing within 1 month not they cannot wait for more than 1 month. I asked him if i can talk to the hiring manager, as we came to last stage and i did not want to drop it because of the short notice reimbursement. I even said that am ok to compensate my 1 month earned leaves, left out is 1 month notice and asked to reimburse @least for 1 month short notice. Also HR asked if i hv put my papers based on his verbal offering. hr was very happy when i said that i hv not yet done, as still some points are not yet closed. Hr told he will get back to me. next days hr calls and say due to some business constraints, they cant process on my offer, and apologizes on behalf of VMware and said sorry!. SO the HR took a total U turn after providing verbal offering. I would have not felt more bad, if they hd not given me verbal offer :-(

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the question were on network troubleshooting stuff, some were good and some average.   Answer Question
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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at VMware (Bangalore (India)) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Below is the experience from VMware Bangalore hiring processes witnessed in last 8+ years: Pathetic hiring process. Recruiters nothing more than just coordinators with no real powers. Candidates with no 'godfather' stand no chance of getting hired. Your skills would come second. There is no tracking of interview feedback. I have seen people getting hired with all negative feedback as well. Candidates are kept waiting for multiple weeks. Communication can improve. Regionalism plays an important role. I have seen many managers hiring people only from their native origin.

    Interview Questions

    • Many managers lack professional etiquette. They end up asking too many of personal questions.   Answer Question
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    Staff Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at VMware in June 2010.

    Interview

    My resume was submitted by referral. The initial contact was by phone from the internal recruiter that asked general questions about my skill set and interests. From this she was able to setup an in person technical review with a couple of the teams. My interview with the Mac team was about three hours. The first was purely technical to see how I would handle basic programming problems and how I could debug some code that was leaking memory. The second was with the lead, manager, and director to find out more about me, but the questions were not as technical as the first interview. The third interview was with two engineers from two other teams to check out other skills that I have so they could evaluate me if the first team did not take me.

    Interview Questions

    • An Objective-C memory leak occurring in a code sample. Since I had not had much experience with auto release pools at the time I was unable to find the solution to that problem.   Answer Question
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