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Huawei DVrW86
Apr 22 11 Comments

I've been applying to the top SWE companies for years, but it just seems unattainable. The jobs I seem to get are always R&D based on a projects no one in the company cares about. (But can't kill due to politics) I almost always end up being the most productive developer on the team, with the majority of responsibilities falling on me.

I had two on-sites with Microsoft and Google, a few years apart. I spent months solving Leetcode and Hackerrank problems to prepare. Both times the recruiters were compelled to share with me what they consider unusual results - half my interviewers gave very strong Hire signals, and the others against. They tell me they want to keep in touch, but they never do. They probably tell everyone that to soften the blow.

This doesn't matter, but I have a Masters from a top school.

I'm just not sure what more I can do... I'm constantly applying with no response, and when I get something I blow it on the onsite. I'm at least consistently passing the phone screens, so there's that.

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  • Oracle pzd
    Try to do a couple of mock interviews with Google / FB engineers. (interviewing.io is one option.) Get detailed feedback and work on those for three months. Phone screens have lower bar than on-site, but my feeling is that your failure is not due to lack of technical chops.
    Apr 22 1
    • Huawei DVrW86
      OP
      Thank you. I appreciate the time you've taken to respond and I'll try your suggestion.
      Apr 22
  • Google
    tsukino

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    tsukinomore
    seems to be for cultural reasons - technically strong, but describes self as a Huawei 996 workaholic

    ("most productive developer", "months solving Leetcode", getting staffed on low impact projects and unable to understand interviewer's personality/behavioral expectations)
    Apr 22 1
    • Huawei DVrW86
      OP
      Fair enough. Although I don't say any of that in interviews, and I'm going to remain publicly respectful to those who pay my bills, but perhaps I'm arrogant and it shows in small ways.

      I'm only a workaholic when I'm forced to be... I generally don't believe it's actually productive in terms of longevity, and that is the very reason I want out.
      Apr 22
  • Nvidia
    js82jsq

    Nvidia

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    js82jsqmore
    It's probably because you work for Huawei, and companies are tired of your employer stealing their IP
    Apr 22 5
    • Oracle pzd
      The paranoia is real
      Apr 22
    • Huawei DVrW86
      OP
      I'm personally not involved and I haven't seen anything like that. Not saying they don't, but I haven't seen it and I doubt I'd ever be trusted with that knowledge.
      Apr 22
    • Nvidia
      js82jsq

      Nvidia

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      js82jsqmore
      Huawei is known for sending their employees to get hired/contact somewhere, steal stuff from the new employer, and run away back to the mothership. Over and over and over again.

      That's why I've immediately shut down every Huawei recruiter who has reached out to me.

      I would imagine you're going to have a hard time getting in somewhere top tier without a few years somewhere else first
      Apr 22
    • Huawei DVrW86
      OP
      I didn't know that. I'm definitely never coming back here no matter what they offer. That honestly seems incredibly unfair considering I haven't been working here that long... plus I'm native to the U.S. (which is why they wouldn't trust me with that knowledge) So I seriously have to leave just to get considered, because of paranoia? No one warned me at all about this when I got the offer, and I joined because I needed the steady paycheck. So you're saying that now my career is totally screwed for no reason other than paranoia.
      Apr 22
    • Nvidia
      js82jsq

      Nvidia

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      js82jsqmore
      It may not be as dire as I implied, but it certainly can't be helping
      Apr 22
  • Pinger / Eng create๐Ÿ’ป
    The recruiters will find you. Applying doesn't do much.
    Apr 22 0

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