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    Great place of work with young vibes

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    Current Employee - Training and Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Training and Development in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at 8x8 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is going through a lot of changes and growth. The CEO really cares about employees and is very transparent about giving positive feedback, informing employees of changes in management, etc. There are fun get-togethers a couple times a year. The pay is competitive and the environment is playful. There are bean bags and games to provide a mental break during the work day. Though 8x8 is small-medium now, I could easily see if approaching the prestige of bigger tech companies like Google or Facebook.

    Cons

    The culture, while evolving, still feels a little outdated and stuffy. There have been recent changes (relaxing the dress code, adding more perks, catered lunches) that seek to emulate bigger names in the tech industry, but it is just taking some time for the company and everyone in it to catch up. The new-ish CEO was definitely a good move though. Training is thorough and growing rapidly to be comprehensive. Management is transparent with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, but don't be afraid to relax and allow change to happen.

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8x8 Interviews

Updated Nov 20, 2014
Updated Nov 20, 2014

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at 8x8 in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    I recently finished a series of interviews for a Software Developer position at 8x8 and though it would be useful to recap my experience for those who come after me.

    The team I was interviewing for specializes in Unified Communications (also known as UC) software, and the position I was interviewing for was specifically a desktop position, although you might end up talking to the same folks if you are interviewing for a mobile role as well. While 8x8’s office building is massive (the receptionist told me that at least 500 people work there), the actual mobile and desktop teams are relatively small (less than five people each, augmented with several interns). So if you make it onto the team you’ll have a chance to make a big impact.

    8x8’s current UC solution uses Adobe’s Flex (a/k/a AIR or Flash Runtime) which they very much would like to get away from being dependent on.

    The way the interview series went was like this: the first guy I spoke with was the hiring manager, who is actually remote far out on the East Coast. Surprisingly, he’s the only person who appears to be remotely working (other UC companies actually encourage their employees to work offsite part of time, partly to force them to “dogfood” — make use of — the software they’re working on). He did ask me general technical questions but I can’t recall any of them off the top of my head, so they must not have been that out of line.

    A few days later I was invited to come into the office, which is down in a corner of San Jose extremely close to SJC airport. As best as I can tell, there are no public transit options to get to the office location. If one is feeling plucky, perhaps one can hitch a ride on some eBay or PayPal shuttle (they have a sizable campus located next door to 8x8’s building). Driving and hunting around the lot for a parking space seems to be the only way to commute and the office appears to be at the intersection of a couple major West and East San Francisco Bay freeways (which are very likely extremely jammed during rush hours), so this is either a good or bad set-up depending on how your work schedule is set up. For the office environment, it looks like everyone has half cubicles with very low walls (essentially an open plan set-up) with meeting rooms and offices along the windows, and one of my interviewers said that if one really wants to concentrate on work they could probably work from anywhere (anywhere being a meeting room or a break room or even from home). 8x8 is in an expansion mode and there’s definitely a lot of open space within the building (large carpeted areas with no cubicles nearby) for more people to be placed.

    For my second, on-site interview I was scheduled to speak with only two people. The first guy was a young, very eager Flex developer who remarked he had been part of 8x8 for at least five years. I was very happy talking with him as he gave me my first look at the software I would have been porting from Flex to native. The second guy was the mobile team manager, and here is where I ran into rough seas. I’ll recap his two brain teasers below. 30-40 minutes was spent discussing these two questions and then the remaining 10 minutes was spent with me asking questions about 8x8.

    8x8’s employment application (which needs to be filled out prior to arrival) asks for a candidate to furnish transcripts and to prepare to take a drug test (which I’d certainly pass, but I also feel is highly inappropriate if the candidate isn’t piloting a plane or driving some mass transit vehicle for their prospective job).

    Now if I had to guess why I didn’t pass this interview, the veto came from my last scheduled interview when I lamely blustered my way through a couple analytical questions. If you’re handed a schedule that includes a mobile team manager, please be prepared for a Microsoft-style interview — the guy I spoke with appears to care more for being able to quickly solve and explaining a theoretical algorithm versus whatever practical experience you’re bringing to the table. Hopefully my experience flunking the 8x8 interview will help you to prepare to pass your interviewing day. If you find any of the information in my interview review helpful, please let me know by voting "Yes" on the "Helpful?" question below (this helps to motivate me to be as detailed as possible).

    Interview Questions
    • Let’s pretend four travelers with different weights arrive at river on a dark night. There’s only one flashlight and only two travelers can cross via the single boat at a time, and the time that it takes to cross the river is the greater weight (e.g. if two passengers have weights of 5 & 20, it takes 20 minutes for the two people to cross one direction and 5 for the person with the flashlight to return for additional passengers).

      If the four travelers have weights of {1, 2, 5, 10}, what’s the configuration that will get everyone across in the least amount of time?
       
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    • Given this source code and these constraints:

      Embedded processor with 128Kb SRAM and 1.5Mb Flash ROM.
      Maximum Heap size = 100Kb.
      Maximum Stack size = 1 Kb.

      ———

      #define BUF_SIZE 256

      unsigned char acBuf[BUF_SIZE] = {0,1,2,...,BUF_SIZE-1};

      void main()
      {
          int x = foo(acBuf);
      }

      int foo(unsigned char *pBuf)
      {
          unsigned char acTempBuf[BUF_SIZE] = {0};
          int i = 0;
          int Sum = 0;

          while (i < BUF_SIZE) {
              Sum += acTempBuf[i++] = *pBuf >> 1;
              pBuf++;
          }

          return (0 == Sum) ? 0 : foo(acTempBuf);
      }

      1) what is the value of x?

      2) what is wrong with this code?
       
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Website www.8x8.com
Headquarters San Jose, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1987
Type Company - Public (EGHT)
Industry Telecommunications
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors AT&T, iBasis, Vonage

8x8 is counting on Internet telephony usage to multiply. The company provides services powered by its software that enable voice and video communication over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Its services are used primarily by business subscribers in the US to make phone calls over broadband connections and access other functions including voice mail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and conferencing. 8x8 sells directly and through resellers and retailers to businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions, as well as a dwindling number of residential... More

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