I had hardly heard of Intuit, let alone know what they do, when I applied for an internship. The first time I really noticed the company was when they came for TxtWeb to our campus, which I thought was that it is a neat idea.
What Intuit does : It makes accounting related softwares.
Why you might have never have heard about it : Because it focuses only on small to medium scale business, for eg people owning single shops, or running a firm of 15-20 people, or even door-to-door salesmen. Some large scale companies (like Google, for instance) may like some of their products and use them, but typically they focus on smaller groups, and hence do not really generate headlines.
Also, most of their products and services are much more relevant in the US market, and infact, it is quite popular there. They claim that 60% of the card payments made in the US are done either via devices which Intuit manufactures, or are indirectly processed through Intuit.
One of their recent cool products is GoPayment, which is a device you can fit onto your smartphones, and then swipe credit cards using it. It is mainly used by merchants who are on the move, and need to accept card payments. Apparently it has become quite popular in the US, and is even used by many travelling salesmen there.
The selection procedure, and the basic details
Location : Bangalore
Duration : 10 weeks
Stipend : 30k per month, plus 7.5k for the cost you might have to bear for the initial duration of stay in Bangalore.
No CPI cut-off. The intern was open to all CSE students (2nd and 3rd year). There was an entrance exam, followed by two rounds of interview, a technical and an HR.
The written exam had decent questions on algorithms and data structures. Nothing out of the world; if you have read these topics decently then you should be good. It seemed like they didn’t expect you to know much beyond what you could learn in these two courses. Also, they didn’t ask stupid programming based questions.
The technical interview included questions from what you had written in your resume; projects you have done, courses which you might have mentioned in the resume. And some algorithm questions, which, I must say, were a bit on the easier side.
HR interview was rather straight-forward. They asked us the age-old HR questions, like what you look forward to in a job, what kind of work would you look forward in the intern, do you think you are a team person, etc. To me, it seems, that HR interviews in tech companies are only to judge if you are capable enough to gel with the team you would be working. You are not expected to ace this round; casually talking with the HR executive is good enough.
They finally selected 5 of us, including one sophie, for the intern. They didn’t explain what we might be working on, and I’m sure they had given no thought to it till then. It is only just before you join that they figure out which profile and which team might be more suited to you.
I’ll be writing about the intern itself in a separate post.