Ansaldo STS USA
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www.ptc-asts.com Pittsburgh, PA 500 to 999 Employees

Ansaldo STS USA Interview Questions & Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated May 22, 2014
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Associate Software Engineer Interview

Associate Software Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in December 2013.

Interview Details – First contact with HR was at jobs fair, where they invited me to in-house event. Event included around 50 people, 10 managers and HR representatives. Event was more like a presentation of what company has to offer - not much pressure on applicants at all. They did give a full walk-through inside the building with actual employees. In the end, hiring managers hand picked some candidates and asked to email them a resume. Finally, actual interview occurred after a month. Quite lengthy - I was sitting in office for good 3-4 hours. I spoke with 6 different employees, one person at a time (2 of them turned out to be my managers afterall). Some were focused on technical questions, others assessed experience and attitude.

Interview Question – Most questions were pretty standard - have you ever worked at a team, how do you deal with slackers, are you self-driven, your past projects and interests... I would suggest focusing on technical side and really go through each requirement of position and read on a little   Answer Question

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Engineer Interview

Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in February 2012.

Interview Details – I started with a phone interview since I wasn't local and then had a formal interview with my manager and supervisor. I followed up a few times via email and phone calls and received an offer a few weeks later.

Interview Question – If I asked you to paint the walls blue, what would you do? -Response
Next day, what if I came in and said that I told you to paint it green and you did it wrong? - Response
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Negotiation Details – I was given 14 days to decide upon receipt of my offer. I did not negotiate but now regret not doing so.

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No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Associate Signal Engineer Interview

Associate Signal Engineer
Monroeville, PA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a contracting firm, K A Hamilton, and asked if they could send my resume to Ansaldo. K A was essentially the middleman and negotiated my interview date and time. I was to speak with Jay Menon. During the interview she mostly observed while the Senior Engineers who I would be contracted to work directly under were interviewing me. The results of the interview were then handled through K A. They said they really liked me, but gave the job to someone who had done an internship with them.

Interview Question – No technical or textbook questions were asked.   Answer Question

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Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in July 2013.

Interview Details – Recruiter contacted me via email. I agreed to discuss further on the phone.

He was very candid and forthcoming in answering my questions about Ansaldo's mixed reviews on Glassdoor, and offered a reasonable and consistent explanation as to why things were getting better. The people I spoke to during the eventual interview also offered explanations that were consistent with recent reviews on Glassdoor, so I figured they were worth a shot.

When I first spoke with the recruiter, I was not ready to change jobs for another 3-6 months. I told him that I would be open to interviewing if they would be willing to accept a very late start date. That was not possible, which I expected. (Most companies would not be able to do that, in my experience.)

When I was ready to take a job, I interviewed with another company. I had an offer in hand, but wanted to give Ansaldo a chance if they still had openings. I contacted them, but the recruiter I originally spoke with had moved on to another company. I told them about our conversation, and that I had another offer in hand. They set up a phone screen, then an interview *very* quickly, and I had an offer from them within a day after that.

Their responsiveness and willingness to work with my schedule won them big points with me. I might have gone with my other offer if it weren't for that.

The interview itself consisted mostly of open-ended technical questions about C++. They were not very difficult. No tough algorithm questions; it seemed like they were just verifying that I probably had as much C++ experience as my resume indicated.

Interview Question – There were no difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I could tell that the hiring manager was being very honest about the salary range. The negotiation process was very open and fair.

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Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Intern Interview

Intern
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in April 2012.

Interview Details – I contacted via email and setup an on site interview. The employees were very friendly and responsive.

Interview Question – Asked me an interesting situational question about the importance of documentation.   Answer Question

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Very Easy Interview

Engineer Interview

Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in June 2008.

Interview Details – Resume review and search for outside informations. The candidate must know about the company and its history to be considered.

Interview Question – What happens if you are asked to do something and you do it but the boss changes the requirement? If it happens more than once, you need to   View Answer

Negotiation Details – What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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Easy Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in April 2012.

Interview Details – I had an introductory phone screen that mainly focused on my process experience and a few minor technical questions. One day after the phone screen I was invited for an onsite interview.

The onsite interview consisted of two panel type interviews with two engineers in each panel. The first of the two interviews was all technical. This interview was mostly C++ trivia and a little about Object Oriented design.

The second panel had both an engineer and someone that was more of a manager. We talked more about process and there were a few behavioral interview questions mixed in. The engineer could not help himself from asking more C++ trivia type questions. Again, I answered all the C++ questions correctly.

I would say that this interview is fairly easy from a technical standpoint. All one would have to do is to study the typical C++ trivia questions and you would do fairly well. They did not even ask for any code to be written on a whiteboard.

I did get a bad vibe about the place. It is a cube farm with a factory type mentality. Also my interviewers indicated that there had been a large amount of turnover recently.

They also seem to use outdated technology - Motif for there GUI.

I was required to provide them with an application and detailed salary history. After a few days, I was given a job offer that was $9,000 below my current salary and far below the local market. If you have some decent skill, I would not waste my time with these guys. They are looking for the lowest cost provider.

Interview Question – Describe how a virtual method works?   View Answer

Reason for Declining – The salary offer was for $9,000 less than I was currently making and HR would not negotiate.

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Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Project Engineer Interview

Project Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in November 2011.

Interview Details – Lots of technical questions and background questions. 3 groups of 2 engineers in each review. 1 on 1 with department manager. Tour of labs and parts of building.

Reason for Declining – The benefit package was very expensive. Salary was less than another offer from a different company

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Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Senior Telecommunications Engineer Interview

Senior Telecommunications Engineer
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in February 2011.

Interview Details – identified via a recruiter, pre-screening phone interview with them, basic questions.
a day or two later, a group phone interview with asts ~1 hour, basic interview questions mostly technical v. experience.
a day or two later, a face to face with two different groups with the above same questions.
a day or two later, offer discussion went through the recruiter and an agreement was in place by the end of a week's time.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – awkward with the recruiter in that i wanted more but they indicated it wouldnt be an option because they new how much my manager made because they placed him, too.

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Accepted Offer

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Technician Interview

Technician
Pittsburgh, PA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Ansaldo STS USA in October 2010.

Interview Details – Had a phone interview which was followed up by a in person interview about a week later. After that it took them about a month to get back to me with a job offer and I had to call a few times to ask about the status. Figured I was getting blown off but then they offered a job.

Interview Question – Anything Behavioral because those question I feel show nothing of your technical skills or straight knowledge you possess.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There really wasn't one because I needed a job and accepted what they offered.

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