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To those who have graduated and gotten jobs (preferably in CS), does GPA matter?

folder6459folder6459 37 replies102 threads Junior Member
Do you find that your GPA comes up with employers often or are they more interested in your engineering experience and resume?
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Replies to: To those who have graduated and gotten jobs (preferably in CS), does GPA matter?

  • aunt beaaunt bea 10271 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Yes, minimum GPA to get past the online application filters is 3.0.

    They do ask for copies of your transcript and diploma (My DD's CS employers did ask).

    They want to know:
    -how well you did in your classes because
    -they rely on your ability to discipline yourself,
    -and balance your education,
    -by getting decent grades in a tough major, all the while interning and being trained.

    Some employers, in the interview, will ask you to teach a new concept that you learned in school, that is recent and can be integrated in the work place.

    Your engineering experience, as a new hire, is limited. They want to see how you will do long term and a 3.0 is the minimum they will accept.
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  • DrGoogleDrGoogle 11022 replies24 threads Senior Member
    Yes GPA matters. Some employers ask for transcript before they interview you. But probably big companies. Lower than 3.0 CS from any school, even Cornell or Berkeley probably has to work at some startup first and prove yourself. One of my kid's friend did that with a CS degree from Cornell and she is now at Google.
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  • terencterenc 1096 replies32 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2015
    It is very helpful to have a high GPA, but it is highly dependent on the type of company you want to work at. Larger, older, and/or non-tech-sector companies that tend to have established hiring processes tend to place substantial importance on your GPA. Startups tend to care much less, but tend to filter by personal projects or past experience. Google and Facebook tends to fall somewhere in between. For academia (grad school), GPA matters a lot. Interestingly enough, I've never had an interviewer ask me what my GPA is, but I've had professors ask me!

    At the end of the day, it's the whole package. I know someone with a ~2.7 GPA who's going to work at a hot multi-billion-dollar startup in SF (they leave their GPA off their resume, of course).
    edited September 2015
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  • jym626jym626 57381 replies3009 threads Senior Member
    Coming from a good school is helpful, but yes, GPA matters. Both s's are engineers and GPA minimums (3.0-3.3) were noted in job applications/ads.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 82704 replies738 threads Senior Member
    terenc wrote:
    Interestingly enough, I've never had an interviewer ask me what my GPA is

    Probably because GPA tends to be relevant in getting past the initial resume screening to get to the interview, but becomes irrelevant afterward once a candidate is selected to be interviewed.
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  • DrGoogleDrGoogle 11022 replies24 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2015
    HR asks my kid to submit a school transcript, but nobody ask her in an interview her GPA.
    edited September 2015
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