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New Delhi (India)
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Facebook, Google, WhatsApp
We're the fastest growing messaging app in India with over 35 Million Users. As of Aug'14, we're handling over 10 Billion messages per month.

We're still an extremely young company, less ... Read more

Mission: Our goal is to bring india online by building through messaging. In a country where 1 billion people will come on to the internet mobile first on a low-end smartphone and 2G/pre-paid data, we believe messaging can become a highway to the internet.

Hike Reviews

  • "Okay for fresh grads, not recommended for career driven folks at 3+ years of experience"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hike full-time


    1. Pay and benefits are good. ( You are very likely to be overpaid.) This it makes a good place for those who prioritize current salary over long term career growth. Especially for those in their 30s, with no aspirations of moving into exec roles, this tends to work out well.

    2. For fresh engineering grads, the end to end exposure to the stack is a decent opportunity. This makes most sense for those who are at under 18 months of experience or have not worked in a modern technology oriented company yet. After a point the returns of this are diminishing though. Once you've learnt the nitty-gritty, it makes sense to move on.

    3. For several non-engineering roles, there is limited work to do in addition to the high pay mentioned in point 1. Finance executives / content specialist / customer support / operations / analyst folks are all paid significantly above market rate. So if you're looking for relaxed work and easy pay, it may make sense in these roles. Note that the downside is that there is no growth path for these roles, so choose wisely based on where you are on the balance between career growth orientation and immediate financial needs / need for time outside work.


    1. Extreme survivorship bias amongst org leaders and leads. Most strong contributors have left, and the 'remainers' have seen disproportionate career growth (at least on paper) - without proper screening for their technical and managerial capabilities. This is largely due to a failure to onboard mid to senior folks from outside the company, leaving the management with little choice. Make sure you vet your eventual manager well. Do not join if you feel they cannot be capable mentors to you.

    2. Growth for those at 3+ years of experience is not planned. Most such growth tends to be incidental (your manager leaving). It doesn't help that most managers, in terms of capability, are not too different from a 4-7 year experience band employee (even though some may have more experience on paper), and struggle to groom people who have gone past the first few years experience.

    Disclaimer : For candidates that are not from institutions / companies that are considered to be in the top tier ( sorry for the snobbishness but I think this is a useful input), this may still be a good opportunity for some hands-on technical experience and a pay raise, at least for a 2-3 year time frame. Typically, people who are making a transition from this sort of a situation tend to be reasonably happy in the first 2-3 years.

    For people with an entrepreneurial bent of mind / already in a top tech company / from an academic background that gets you interviews in the right places, this may not be the best place for your next gig. The only exception to this could be data science, where there has been a recent senior hire. If you're willing to bet on this person staying long-term, it may be worth some consideration.

    3. Work-life balance for engineers can often go for a complete toss. Happens in other startups too, except the upside of hours spent toiling is not the same here as it would be in a high growth startup.

    4. For those who look at things beyond immediate career growth, compensation and work-life balance, the company has some strategic challenges. In 7 years of existence, the company has failed to get a strong product market fit. The messaging market is pretty much lost, and so discovering social media niches is the focus of the current strategy. This leads to a lot of hit-and-trial sort of work that is more typical of earlier stage companies, in the hope that something will work. The challenge for Hike is that it has to deal with a lot more legacy code and tech debt than an early stage company. This leads to a significantly slower speed of iteration. Though well capitalized, funding is not infinite,and so there are only so many iterations that the company can go through at this point. The clock is ticking.

    Advice to Management

    Several org leaders and leads are incapable of attracting top talent at mid to senior levels. In the limited cases that sharp and experienced folks are interested, the insecurity of incapable managers prevents them from being hired. Resorting to fresh grads where senior layers have gaps is a sign of this insecurity.

    Please fix this. A recent exec hire in data science is probably a step in the right direction. You definitely need a few more such people.

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Hike Interviews



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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Hike.


    First Round Written Test
    3 sections in all. To be done in 90 minutes
    Section A: – 10 aptitude questions (you can find almost every question on indiabix).
    Section B: – 13 questions based on C skills.
    Section C: – 2 programming questions which were easy.

    1) Reverse every K nodes in a singly linked list.

    2) Find out the next greater element having same digits.

        1432 -> 2134
        5432 -> no greater number
    First Technical Interview
    The interviewer was quite cool and composed.
    1 He started with simple question and asked me to write the code of Quick sort but before I could start he said leave it and tell me how you will find out 3rd smallest element from an array.

    2. Based on first Question, rather than an array you have a large file containing billions of number and from it you have to print Kth minimum element.

    3. A file containing billion of numbers in unsorted manner is given to you. At run time you will be given two integers ‘m’ and ‘n’. Now print all the numbers from file which lies in this range. He said u can use extra space, no problem with memory but time complexity should be minimum.

    4. This question was new to me. He told me let’s play a game. I said okay sir :). In this game we will be given even number of cards. Each card will be having some digit written over it. Now both player will play optimally and can only choose card from either corner. He asked me to devise a strategy which would help me winning the game always.
    Later he asked me to prove my strategy for the general case :)

    Second Technical Interview
    Interviewer asked me about chess, rules of chess and all
    1. He started with Knight Tour problem in which I have to print the path. Conditions were
    I have to cover all the blocks in chess. I can use only 63 moves and solution must be other than backtracking.(most optimal solution). He wanted me to tell him the strategy required to prune the recursion tree.

    2. Given a file which contains large number of strings.
    e.g.:my name is XYZ. My emansi XYZ
    i.e. it has words and reverse of words. There can be the case where no reverse word is present
           He told me to print all those pair whose reverse is also present in the file.
           For above example output will be:
           {name,eman}, {is, si}
           Constraints were Minimum space should be used and time complexity should be minimum
           further he added don’t compute reverse of string at all.
    (He was interested in function which I will use to calculate the hash value of string).

    3. He asked me what my weak point in coding is. I said finding out the corner test cases. At this he caught me and said let see how you will face your fear and give me a code and asked me to generate all the test cases for the program.

    Later he asked me to write code for printing a helix (spiral matrix)
    and write all corner test cases for it.
    I wrote solution for NxN but he asked me to write for NxMand do dry run for several test cases.
    That is how second round went ?

    Third Technical Interview
    The interviewer was a bit strict.

    In this round only single Question was asked but it took almost 1 hour.
    He asked do you know spell checker in micro soft word. I said yes.

    He said, you have newspapers of last 20 years. Use these newspapers and suggest most probable words.

    He gave me example
    Input: fon
    for this input print
    Output: foe, for, fork, fond

    Question seemed easy but when I started he kept adding constraints on data structures used and complexity.

    I used lexicographical dictionary for this but later he added two more example
    he asked me to suggest ‘con’ and ‘ion’ as most probable word for fon.

    Later he added another example

    He said suggest browser for ‘Bsowerr’.

    He kept adding examples and constraints.
    My solution started from lexicographical dictionary moved to Trie Tree then to Edit Distance problem then Hashing

    He said why I gave you newspapers rather than Dictionary. From this I got smell of Machine learning
    He wanted me to suggest on the basis of currently most frequently used words.

    And the Question got more complex
    and it ended on SUFFIX TREE.

    HR round
    It was telephonic round taken by the CEO of the company and asked me all HR related Questions

    It was a good experience.

    Interview Questions

    • He said, you have newspapers of last 20 years. Use these newspapers and suggest most probable words.   Answer Question
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Hike Awards & Accolades

  • 38th Most Exciting Brand of India, Economic Times, Brand Equity, 2015
  • BT Coolest Start-ups, Business Today, 2016
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