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Interviews at Pegasystems

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    Corporate Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cambridge, MA (US)) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Swift, well managed, and overall delightful. The team was well informed about the roll and its requirements. Everyone was warm and welcoming. Pega is a fast paced metrics driven environment, and that was clearly articulated throughout the process.

    Interview Questions

    • There is an exercise where you outlines your process on a whiteboard and give a presentation.   1 Answer

  2.  

    Contract Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cambridge, MA (US)) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Interview was fine. There were two very similar job descriptions. One was an "attorney" position and the other for a contract manager. I applied for the attorney position, and when then received an interview was told it was a non-attorney position. Was a bit annoyed.

    Interview Questions

    • How long have you been drafting/negotiating contracts?   1 Answer
  3. Helpful (6)  

    Associate Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cambridge, MA (US)).

    Interview

    THe interview was one of the better ones I have had. I was taken to four separate meetings (One was with HR where they let me field any general questions I had). Next was a face-to-face interview with some programming questions, next was a logic based test/ code writing test, and the last was a follow-up with one of their VPs

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing unexpected, I was not ready with my Java though   1 Answer

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cambridge, MA (US)) in November 2015.

    Interview

    The process was well organized and fast. It began with a phone screening with a recruiter, followed by a technical phone screening with the manager of the team I was interviewing with, and then an onsite interview. The onsite interview involved four separate thirty minute sessions, one of them being a technical exam. The exam had me answer one of four algorithmic questions of intermediate difficulty. A positive experience all around!

    Interview Questions

    • Anagrams questions: given a list of words, return a list of all anagrams that appear in that list   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Boston, MA (US)) in October 2011.

    Interview

    Interview was fairly straight forward. First session with HR to discuss opportunities and salary requirement. Onsite interview was scheduled promptly in the following week. In person interview comprised of technical written test as well as 1:1 session with manager and few other folks. Initial verbal offer from HR and lengthy negotiation process which lasted for about couple of weeks before the final offer was tendered.

    Negotiation

    Pega tends to low ball most of the prospective employees. Have another offer in hand and be ready to put your foot down.


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cupertino, CA (US)) in August 2011.

    Interview

    Phone Screen:
    I was contacted by the HR rep. She scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager. The manager seemed nice and asked detailed language related questions from java collections, generics, serialization, threading, design patterns, etc. Some of the topics were a little over my head but I managed to get a positive result.

    Interview 1:
    I was asked to come in for an interview and also fill in employment application. It lasted for about 3 hrs. I met with the hiring manager and the principle/senior engineers. I was asked logic questions, a couple of java programming questions, and database questions. The interview went well and I was asked to come in for a second round.

    Interview 2:
    Met with manager at first, he issued concerns about my salary requirements and then we went on with the interview. I met with some senior/junior engineers, the interview was much more technical than the first one. I was asked to go to the board and write code, draw graphs of sql join diagrams, write another programming question, explain every data structure I know, every sorting algorithm I know, write complex MySql queries, etc.

    Post Interview 1
    The overall interview was positive and we began salary negotiations. Manager ended up low-balling me on my salary requirements and the picture became clear from interview 2. Tactics such as "you don't have enough experience" and "your not a senior engineer", "what if I pay you X will you accept" were used. Beware that they pay 10%+ below market. Anyways, manager asked if I would accept the position if offered at below my requirements. I said no and asked him to follow-up with anything that he can do to make it work out.

    Post Interview 2
    Manager followed up but had made his mind that he wasn't going to budge. Didn't find that out until later. First told me about the amazing things about working with them and how they engaged in team building and outings the previous day. Next, he filled me in on his decision and hung up. Unfortunately, a positive interview experience went south fast.

    Interview Questions

    • If you have a large rock on a boat in a lake and then you throw the rock into the water, do you expect the lake level to rise or fall?   3 Answers

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with recruiter was very basic. A brief introduction of the company history and then we went over the technical skill requirements for the position. A week after the phone interview I went for a group technical interview. Brief introductions again to high level team members and discussed the product and software used. Afterwards we went into the technical questions followed by whiteboard coding.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you implement a process workflow?   1 Answer
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Pegasystems.

    Interview

    Initially met at a job fair and was invited to an interview at their Cambridge, MA location. It was about 6 hours of interviewing during which I was asked technical questions about programming, specifically Java, and team management type questions. I met with members of several different teams and also had to take a 1 hour on-paper test to determine programming skils. The new office was quite nice, and everyone was pretty friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked how I would deal with a software project that was running behind schedule and there was no way to get the required functionality completed.   1 Answer

  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cambridge, MA (US)) in October 2015.

    Interview

    I met a recruiter at a career fair and gave them my resume. I was contacted by them about a week later and was set up for a phone interview with one of the directors. They gave me a brief summary about their company and their products. They later asked me about the projects on my resume.

    Interview Questions


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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Pegasystems (Cambridge, MA (US)) in October 2015.

    Interview

    I gave my resume to a recruiter at a career fair. A few weeks later, I got an email saying they were interested and set up a time to have a brief phone interview. A week later, I was emailed to have an interview on-site. The on-site interview consisted of three informal interviews with different members of the team. There was also a 45 minute portion where I was given three programming problems and asked to solve one of them and turn in my code at the end of the 45 minute mark.
    The reason I rate this experience as negative is because it seemed that two of the people I talked to had not looked at my resume before getting into the room with me, and occasionally made some pointed/disparaging remarks. Overall, I viewed this as a bad culture fit. While I didn't get an offer (but also didn't get rejected...nobody emailed me afterward), it was still an interesting learning experience. Please don't let my bad experience stop you from applying if you're interested in the product and the company, though.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions about my resume, convert a string of roman numerals into a number   1 Answer

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