Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Interview Questions

Updated Oct 4, 2014
Updated Oct 4, 2014
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  1.  

    Manufacturing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview Details

    I contacted the recruiter who set up an phone interview for me. Then there was the on site one on one with 6 people which includes PM, Chief Engineer, Test Engineering manager, HR, IPT lead and Director. Two of them weren't there so I had another phone interview a couple of days later.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing really difficult. Mainly it was me talking about my past experience. HR had some behavioral questions.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Mechanical Design Engineer I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Louisville, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Louisville, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Met the recruiter at a career and connected with him via LinkedIn as requested. After connection on LinkedIn we discussed what my skills and job desires were, then he directed me to apply to a certain posistion. After applying, I recieved an interview within a couple weeks. The interview involved my potential supervisor and teammates. It lasted about an hour and also involved a tour. After the interview an offer was extended to me about a week later over the phone with discussion and confirmation of a salary. The official offer was sent a few days after my verbal acceptance.

    Interview Questions
    • What has been your biggest failure so far in your career?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation due to my lack of experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Denver, CO
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview Details

    ok

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    take it or leave it
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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  5.  

    Systems Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial screening call with a talent specialist before they brought me in for an on-site interview. I had help from an acquaintance so I believe I skipped the phone interview phase. On-site involved a one-on-one with my potential manager then an interview with three senior engineers/managers. I also had a brief interview with two directors in another program for a second position. The trip lasted a little over three hours, including meeting with HR.

    Interview Questions
    • Standard questions about background and experiences, including to get an understanding of motivation and willingness to take on new challenges and responsibility.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    SNC requires a response to their offer within 48 hours and would not extend this deadline.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sparks, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sparks, NV
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I talked to a recruiter at a job fair, and about a month later I got a call asking to set up an interview time. I was brought in on a Monday from 8:00am-1:00pm and met with a Senior Software Engineer, other Software Engineers, and upper level management (I didn't expect to meet with people that high up on the chain of command, but they seemed genuiniely interested in what I was interested in, had studied, etc.).

    I generally just talked with each person I met with about my employement history, what I learned from those positions, projects I had worked on at school, what I am interested in, etc. There were no questions like "how do you detect a cycle in a linked list" etc. I assume because my resume and GPA spoke for itself.

    After the interview, I was offered a position about two weeks later and started a couple weeks after that.

    Interview Questions
    • An interviewer asked about the Fast Fourier Transform, but not as an interview question, he was just excited that I knew what it was and could talk about it. He asked how I would address a particular problem with the FFT, which was easy to answer.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    As a fresh-out-of-college employee there was not much negotiation to be done.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview Details

    Like many employees here, I was referred by a friend. I interviewed onsite and was given an offer right away. Everyone seemed very friendly.

    Interview Questions
    • My interview was semi-technical, but really more of a skills assessment. I don't remember any particularly difficult questions.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    They were very unyielding in my attempt to negotiate vacation - I was only asking for the same vacation I had at the time with another company, but they stuck me with 2 weeks. They gave me my asking salary, but in hindsight it was pretty low.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Centennial, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Centennial, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    A contact helped me get started with the process/application, and I was contacted within two days from submitting the application and resume. I had an initial interview approximately one week later, and then had a hiring interview approx three weeks after that via webcam and phone (The ISR Division of SNC is based in Centennial, CO). Part of the delay was determining how to conduct the interview, as I was not in the continental US. Normally, a third interview could be conducted on site, but I did not do this due to being OCONUS. I received initial clearance and drug testing paperwork about one week later. It took 1-2 weeks after that to negotiate the verbal offer, and I received the written offer another 1-2 weeks after that. Overall process took 5-6 weeks.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked standard program management questions; nothing difficult or unexpected. I did review 3-4 websites with program management interview questions (some had possible answers.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I received what I asked for plus a sign-on bonus. I did ask to forego a benefit in place of additional bonus and recieved a partial concurrence.
    SNC already has a great benefits package and fantastic corporate climate. I'm excited to be part of the SNC family.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Manager I Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview Details

    The entire process was pretty simple. Talent Acquisition specialist did a phone interview/per-screen. Scheduled an in-person interview with hiring manager and a peer level employee. One week later was scheduled for a follow-up "Green Interview" which was a video teleconference. Then a week later received a verbal offer. Smooth and communicative hiring process. They let me know what/why things were happening up and after on-boarding.

    Interview Questions
    • No really hard questions mostly just related to my specific field.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sparks, NV
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sparks, NV
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in July 2013.

    Interview Details

    SNC's engineering/management hiring is a joke. They simply don't know what they are doing when it comes to hiring, and they think that they can just google questions to ask. They are a defense contractor, but if you want to know anything about any one of their projects, just interview for a position with one. They will sit there with their buds all in on the same interview (woo, meeting time = free soda! 30 mins? Better charge an hour and a half.), and talk about how great their project is, even down to minutia of how it works.

    Interview Questions
    • And when the interview is over, you realize they didn't ask you a single challenging question, unless it was some small engineer in the back who realizes they are going to hire a doofus and is trying to pipe up to save the project or comapny. No matter, the manager or two guys from the project assigned to 'hire' just have to like you. There might also be a third person in on the interview, who those two know, and they think to themselves, for example, "this SNC guy out in Timbuktu knows RF. I know RF stands for Radio Frequency, and I think this job needs wireless stuff, so I'll invite him to the interview as well." Your resume gets plopped into a shared folder where it might get deleted on accident, and your name gets placed on a spreadsheet where they have people who may have overheard the conversation give a thumbs up or down. Most of this is done on project time and money, and SNC employees must 'ALWAYS be on a charge number, even if it's borderline or plain unethical. They are starting to utilize more the 'official hiring folk' from up front who think they know best, but really have no clue what an engineer is supposed to do, and so unfortunately these people will filter out the real good people. Your best bet is to try to contact an engineer on a team to get your name past those guys.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Low ball, slightly higher low ball + guilt trip, 150% matching for 10% of income? "good" medical? ok. I don't have time to do the math in my head so i suppose I'll accept.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Engineering Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Poway, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    Interview Details

    The job post appeared in February for this specific location. Got the email and phone contact of the HR recruiter from a friend who worked as an intern there and started the conversation early. Was contacted in mid-May for an official interview the next week. It was a 5 person interview, with one person on the phone. Very welcoming people, nothing extremely difficult. My interview was longer than other interns, about 30 minutes compared to the standard 20 they were doing, but there was more on my resume to talk about.

    Interview Questions
    • I brought along a prop to the interview; an injection plate for a liquid rocket I had machined out of aluminum with some friends. One of the technical interviewers on the panel was convinced that it could not handle the pressure of the size of rocket we were going for and suggested brass as the material instead, saying the aluminum would fail for sure. I defended myself by giving examples of the design's success when used by other neighboring university rockets, but he said that they must have been extremely lucky.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Their starting offer is more or less the same in all locations. One can argue based off of location and cost of living (ie California) to get a slightly higher offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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