The Awesome Tech Jobs With The Most Difficult Hiring Processes

Dreaming of working at Facebook, Uber or Amazon? These tech companies have the hardest, longest interview processes

Google's interview process could make you gaga. — REUTERS
Jan 19, 2016 at 12:45 PM ET

Google’s employee perks are legendary. Aside from a never-ending supply of free food, there are “massage credits,” an open invitation to bring your pets to work, 18 weeks’ paid maternity leave and death benefits, where if an employee passes away, their partner gets half of their paycheck for a decade. Then there are the bikes, volleyball courts, on-site car washes, dry cleaning and hair stylists. Google even made it snow at the company’s California campus.

That’s part of the reason why it’s really hard to get a job there. A recent study of reviews on the site Glassdoor by software engineers applying for jobs revealed getting a foot in the door at your favorite technology company might be a lot harder than you think—and Google is the toughest.

But those benefits only await you if you get past what is the most difficult interview process of any major tech company, according to GetVoIP, which analyzed hundreds of Glassdoor reviews by software engineers who applied to 13 popular companies such as Facebook, Apple and Uber. The difficulty level of Google’s interview process was rated 3.4 out of 5—the highest of the 13 companies analyzed.

That said, many job hunters seem to actually like the challenge. Fifty-six percent of Google candidates who left a Glassdoor review rated their interview experience as positive.

While no other major tech company studied by GetVoIP matched Google in interview process difficulty, Uber and Amazon come close. Both had an average Glassdoor rating of 3.3 out of 5. Google also has one of the longest interview processes, according to the study. It averages four weeks between an initial application and on-site interview. Amazon’s interview process lasts almost as long as Google’s—three weeks. Uber’s lasts just two.

The easiest interviews were given by IBM—with a difficulty rating of just 2.7 out of 5—and Yelp, whose interview process was rated 2.9 in difficulty.