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Synopsys Interview Questions

Updated Apr 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Phone interview on some algorithm problems. Difficulty that I met in previous academic research projects and briefly describe my solutions. They also give me the chance to ask some problems. Finally, they describe the job I need to do during my internship.

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    R&D Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Was referred to a job opening by an employee. Had a phone screen with an HR rep about a week after applying. Flew out for an onsite interview about two weeks later. Interview was pretty laid back with a technical/research presentation given by me followed by individual meetings with engineers at the company.

    This was an R&D focused position, so the technical questions were mostly about my graduate work. There was off and on discussion of C++ and company software development practices. Very basic questions about C++ and C and hardware (cache, threads, etc.).

    Interview Questions

    • How would I use my finite element research and apply it to finite volume methods?   Answer Question

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    CAD Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeks. I interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Applied for a position in the Mountain View, CA HQ about 7 weeks ago.

    (First week in the process)
    - Received the initial phone screening with the recruiter (from Texas).

    (2 weeks into the process)
    - I received a technical interview call about a from a member of the company that I would possibly work with if hired.
    - I received a call back from recruiter telling me that the team member loved my responses and they would be more than happy to bring me in for an onsite interview.

    (3 weeks into the process)
    - The interview on my part went absolutely fine. There were six individuals that I had to interview with and each asked me a batch of questions and told me that my answers were what they were looking for. So in the end, I thought it went fine.
    - They told me that I would have a decision by Friday, latest the following Wednesday.

    (4 weeks into process)
    - I had to call because the recruiter ignored my emails. She said that I had to send in some documents, which I did. She then told me that they would not take that much longer to respond back for my final decision.
    - I emailed her by end of week to no response.
    - I then saw that they had posted up the position, in an attempt to find different candidates (which in my opinion, makes complete sense because they want the best fit for their company)

    (5 weeks into process)
    - I contact the recruiter on Tuesday and she told me,
    "They are unsure about your technical background so they are working up a contract to hire role, it will be not that much longer. However, it is looking really good, be patient"
    - She did not mention that they were screening for more candidates but gave the false hope that I would definitely be selected

    Today, it has been 7 weeks into the process. I have basically given up on Synopsys and will decline their offer or literally trash their email response due to their unprofessionalism in this entire process.

    1. If you are screening for new candidates, please do not ensure current candidates that they have a great chance of getting the position. That is instilling false hope when they could be keeping their options open for other positions.
    2. Respond to potential candidate's emails, response times ranged from a day to a week to receive a response. Phone call messages that I left were never returned.
    3. We are all adults here. Each and every party should be honest. At this point, I am unsure if the Hiring Manager actually even mentioned a contract to hire role or if the Recruiter mentioned that to let me down easy.
    - Why does it take almost 3 weeks for a Hiring Manager to construct a contract to hire role, this company has been around for 15 years, it should be relatively quick to just throw together something.

    Honestly, the worst experience I have ever had for a hiring process. Period.

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    Senior Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Synopsys (San Francisco, CA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Typical process and questions. Two phone interviews before interviewing with remote hiring manager by phone. Then interviewed with others onsite. Asked about process and tools a lot. Required completion of a writing assignment. Ended up interviewing up to the VP level and everyone along the way was mature and professional.

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    • Asked about willingness to work somewhat longer hours at times.   Answer Question

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    R&D Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Synopsys in August 2016.

    Interview

    First round phone interview. The recruiter asked some background information and personal preferences. She is very nice. The second round phone interview took about 30 minutes. The manager talked about the future work and ask some questions of my resume and basic C++ questions.

    Interview Questions

    • For the searching the longest path, which one is better: DFS or BFS?   1 Answer

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    Senior Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Interview process was time-consuming (13+ interviews with 11 people,) rigorous, and involved. Questions were standard for the position, e.g. describe how you handled a difficult personality situation, how do you balance schedules and budget, do you prefer waterfall or agile methodologies and why. Interviewers were definitely pre-biased based on assumptions made from the resume, so be certain to explain - clearly - any gaps.

    Interest and feedback during the interview were well-communicated, but follow-up post-interviews was uneven and misleading. Verbal commitments for contact and offer were not kept. Expect to have to do more follow-up work to track status than is normal.

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    Senior R&D Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in July 2016.

    Interview

    I had a 30 min phone interview with the hiring manager who asked about my research projects and coding experience. He also explained about the job requirements which would mostly involve debugging customer issues with Synopsys TCAD software.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Synopsys (Austin, TX) in May 2016.

    Interview

    I was referred for this position by another employee there. The interview was not with the R&D team, so questions were mostly behavioral and about my background. The in-person portion consisted of meeting with 4 engineers in the team to talk about my experience and see how I would handle certain problems or issues.

    At the end of the day, the manager set up a more technical WebEX interview with an engineer that was not in the office that day. This interview consisted mainly of showing my code samples and what those projects were like.

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    IT Architect Senior Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Mountain View, CA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Synopsys (Mountain View, CA) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Very rude and loud recruiter. While negotiating some of the information was miss-represented than what was on the offer letter. I called the recruiter to clear the confusion and I got a rude and unprofessional reply. My experience was so bad that I had to decline the offer. Team I interviewed with was very nice and personable.

    Interview Questions

    • Previous experience, design patters, HTTP, Security questions, basic data base questions   Answer Question

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    Technical Interview

    Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Synopsys (College Station, TX) in May 2016.

    Interview

    Basics of c++. Algorithms: Merge sort. Selection sort. Time complexity. Space complexity. Basics of digital integrated circuit design: How to generate glitches? What is the hold time, setup time?

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