Interviewed at Benefitfocus
Interview Details – Don't waste your time interviewing here, you are better than this.
I am originally from the Charleston area, but moved away after college due to lack of software development opportunities. I noticed this company was in Charleston and seemed promising so I applied online.
The process began with the typical interview. A phone interview with HR inquiring my current salary, my expectations, my expected benefits, my current roles and responsibilities, and finally my experience. I stated that I was wanting relocation assistance, but was negotiable based on salary requirements. The HR interviewer seemed a bit over zealous trying to sell Charleston to me (stating that they don't typically have to provide anyone relocation assistance to get them to Charleston). I explained to her I was originally from Charleston and it didn't have a "wow" factor as I know what it has to offer, and more importantly what it doesn't. She then proceeded to try and excite me about their "amazing" benefits. These however fell far short compared to my current benefits and perks. Finally there was talk about "growth" and the company size (drastically smaller than my current employer). After these points I had my reservations due to benefits, relocation, size/stability, and even concerns about salary, but I decided to give it a shot.
We proceeded to a phone interview with the hiring manager and a tech lead. The interview was scheduled during my lunch as I work a tight schedule and can't afford to give up work hours to interview for a chance at a new job. What I didn't notice however, was that I was expected to call into their bridge, and they were not calling me (First time in 20-30 interviews I've been asked to do this). I decided to work from home this day and simply take the interview during my lunch as it was not expected to last more than 30 minutes.
Unfortunately that day I received a last minute meeting invite from my major listed as "urgent and mandatory". This ended up being a group reorganization that didn't really matter, but ended up backing right up to my interview. I finished my call and waited. After about 5 minutes of waiting I checked my email for the details, and realized I was supposed to call them. I called into the bridge and was about 7 minutes late. Immediately I was greeted by the hiring manager with the statement "Hello, what time is it there?", which I answered and was then asked "What time was this meeting scheduled for?". Obviously we were both aware I called into the meeting late. I contemplated hanging up at this point because I found this to be quite rude. Instead I decided to explain my reason (which appeared to be ignored). At this point the rest of the interview was uncomfortable. I was asking the typical java interview questions which were easy and really expected. I wasn't asked anything unique or unusual, which I found disappointing. I found they would rather have me list off answers to questions everyone should already know, instead of being asked to think. About half way through this interview they seemed to be breaking up. I've never had this issue before with my phone, carrier, or location, so I believe it must have been on their end. You could start to sense the frustration in the interviewers voice, and he finally said they would go ahead and end the interview there. I was told they would contact me if they thought I was a good fit. Within a few hours I received the automated email stating they were going to pass. (Could really care less).
The process started with hopeful excitement and ended in a rude and unprofessional experience. The interview simply confirmed all the negative reviews I've read up to this point, and after this experience I can tell you to heed the warnings you read. After such behavior from the hiring manager I would expect this to dictate the work environment. So I'm glad this happened before I was potentially stuck with him as my manager.
Interview Question – Typical easy Java interview questions Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Benefitfocus in October 2013.
Interview Details – Basically general questions about my resume. Based on my preparation, I knew that the interview would be laid back. No real surprises to be found, which was nice. I was impressed with the people I met there as well as their professionalism and general friendliness. The process was straightforward and clearly communicated.
Reason for Declining – The salary was lower than I was led to believe.
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Benefitfocus.
Interview Details – had initial interview, went well. have not received any clear direction or information on my candidacy from hiring manager
Interview Question – none really too off normal Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Benefitfocus.
Interview Details – Called by internal recruiter for an interview. I had already spoken with a Sales Manager so it seemed more a formality when she called to set up the interview. We talked for about 10 minutes and then she proceeded to set up onsite interview. I went onsite about 1 week later and had 5 interviews. One of them was to be with the CEO but due to family emergency, the interview didn't happen. All the interview were pretty straight forward. It was more relationship type of interviews and a few hard questions. Probably the toughest came from the Sales Leadership that challenged me as to why I wanted to work for Benefitfocus.
Interview Question – Actually a comment: "things constantly change here. If you are not comfortable with change, then you might not enjoying working here."
Also: Why do you want to work for Benefitfocus. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Formal offer and then letter via email. Then phone calls to negotiate. I negotiated the salary up plus a 6 month draw (non-recoverable). I tried to get stock options but was unsuccessful.
I applied online - interviewed at Benefitfocus in July 2013.
Interview Details – Having had done my research I knew to expect a very laid back interview. The people with whom I met were very professional but also down to earth. The interview lasted about 45 minutes. It was pretty much them explaining the position and the culture to me. They explained that although they like to have fun the work is long and hard. The questions were very typical. We reviewed my résumé and I answered their questions regarding my previous employment.
Interview Question – With your previous experience why would you want to work here? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Benefitfocus.
Interview Details – First was an initial screening interview by an uninformed HR representative. Next was a second interview by phone. Finally an in-person interview for which they had me prepare a fifteen minute presentation. When I got there only two of the four scheduled interviewers showed up and they said they did not want the presentation. To ask someone to spend two hours preparing a detailed slide presentation and then not even look at it and have only two people show to an interview was a waste of my time. After the interview I did not want to work there.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Just a waste of time Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Did not like people, atmosphere, or job. The big highlight that they stressed was the 25 cent coke machine.
I interviewed at Benefitfocus in June 2009.
Interview Details – Interviewed with a lot of people and it was not as stressful as other interviews I have been on.
Interview Question – Tell me your weaknesses and how they negatively affect your career Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Benefitfocus in June 2013.
Interview Details – Hiring process appeared very standardized. At some points I felt the hiring process was "over the top" with hops, although at the time these steps appeared very relevant based on my experience and the level of position I believed I was begin considered for.
Interviewees were professional and casual - made the process seem very easy and stressful. Some steps, such as preparing a status update presentation, made sense, but I was a little surprised when I was recommended to use something I had created for a current employer. ( I declined and instead invested several hours in creating a mock project)
Interview Question – Questions were very standard, nothing too difficult to respond to. Questions were easily answered with basic project knowledge knowledge for an experienced PM Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Offer not commensurate with experience or current pay scale, relocation assistance, originally discussed in pre-screening interview, was "no longer available" at time of offer, expectations for 24 offer deadline and relocation / start date within two weeks unrealistic.
Final thoughts were the position salary limitations and lack of other on-boarding benefits were known at time of pre-screening but held back during interview process. End result, I felt as though I had wasted my time and the time of the companies interview personnel as they could not meet my minimum employment requirements.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Benefitfocus in March 2011.
Interview Details – One recruiter phone screen followed by a phone interview with the manager. Final step was in person interview/presentation with the manager and the vp of sales.
Interview Question – Knowing what/how to prepare for the final presentation. Keep it simple. Less is more. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Straightforward. Not much room to negotiate.
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