DDN Storage Interview Questions

Updated Jun 12, 2015
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at DDN Storage (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Once my resume was found online, I was contacted by an internal recruiter at DDN. He explained the role that they had available and gave me as much detail as possible about the position at that stage. After a very pleasant phone call my resume was quickly submitted to the hiring manager and I was updated at all times. Due to the traveling schedules of the interviewers a series of phone interviews were promptly arranged and culminated when I was brought into the facility to meet with the Engineering VP. Their recruiter was very professional, encouraging, and discussed how to best prepare for the interview conversations. I was impressed with all the people I interviewed with felt it was a good match of skills and needs.

    After the interview my recruiter was very keen to see how it went and was again very encouraging and genuinely interested in the outcome.

    I was offered the role soon after the interview and my recruiter was again very helpful in helping me understand the internal structure of the company. Even though I hired months ago my recruiter still has an interest in how I am getting along in the company. DDN has proven to be a great place to work where original ideas and hard work are appreciated.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending DDN to people who are looking for new opportunities and a dynamic work environment.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly centered around my experience in storage devices. I was asked to provide some of the details of my implementations.   Answer Question
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    Technical Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chatsworth, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at DDN Storage (Chatsworth, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Only one round of interview, no trick question, very straightforward. The interviewer described day-to-day routine, also showed around the office, lab and working environment. The interview in overall took about 30 minutes to 45 minutes

    Interview Questions

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    Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at DDN Storage (Sunnyvale, CA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    In contact with recruiter over a four month period. Req was on and off again a few times. Constant apologies from the recruiter who was trying to pull it all together. Finally had face to face. They liked me, asked for references, discussed salary, indicated verbal offer was in process. Contacted references, completed background check then, Oh, then one more hurdle, back in for last minute interview with VP. He must have been having a bad day, not smiling, didn't go as well as I had hoped. Based on conflicting info from hiring manger and the VP, I concluded that the VP must be a micro-manager and would not have been an easy guy to work for anyway. He told me that I would have been given a cost reduction target of $XXX,000K and if I couldn't hit it in six months I would be gone. I didn't get a sense from anyone during any of my interviews that DDN would have been a present place to work. Even the hiring manager looked stressed during the interview. The day after my interview it was radio silence from recruiter. Very poorly coordinated process.

    In hindsight, I'm glad I met the VP, I think I avoided a major career disaster.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you work in ambiguous environments without any structure?
      Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?
       
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    • Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?   1 Answer
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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chatsworth, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at DDN Storage (Chatsworth, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Employee referrals are preferred, but I found the company through the job search service Indeed.com. After I submitted my resume electronically, I was assigned to a DDN-retained contract recruiter, who made sure the entire hiring process happened ... presumably for a commission.

    I was told that one positive factor in the decision to hire me was the fact that I included links to online published work I had authored. The hiring managers could read my work for themselves and judge both its communicative and technical merit.

    After resume screening, there was a telephone interview with the recruiter, then with two hiring managers. After that came an on-site interview with a hiring manager and a potential coworker who could judge my technical and writing chops and assess my fit to the company culture.

    When the decision was made to hire me -- a process that took about a month from resume submission to hiring decision -- DDN wanted me on board ASAP. I gave two weeks notice at my old company, which meant putting DDN off, but they understood that. There was no gap between leaving the old company and starting work at DDN.

    Interview Questions

    • "Star Trek or Star Wars?" I answered "Star Trek." Next question: "Kirk or Picard, and why?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was in a strong position, since I was happily employed in my old job. I simply wasn't interested in the same old same old, and they knew it. At the same time, I knew DDN might be tightfisted -- an assessment that turns out to be true -- and they might not want to pay the kind of money I needed to make. So I acknowledged that as a possible deal breaker up front. They decided they needed my particular skill set enough to meet my requirements, but they didn't go one penny beyond that. I would just them to be shrewd and conservative hiring negotiators.

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    Sales Manager (Data Storage Systems) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at DDN Storage (Santa Clara, CA) in March 2012.

    Interview

    Very simple process. Apply online. Speak to the contracted recruiter. He will establish an interview with the hiring manager (VP).

    Sales: It is all about your Rolodex and the accounts you have previously done business with and if they are in the HPC space. There a few questions about your ability to learn new technology and penetrate new accounts. The bulk of the conversion was on past performance and key account wins.

    Due to the lean operating style of the company, many interviewees are left hanging. It is not intentional. They are just busy addressing critical business needs with their limited staff.

    Word of advice: If you know anyone in the company have them walk your resume to the hiring manager and get time commitments on the next step. If you don't have a friend, go to LinkedIn and find the hiring manager and go to them directly.

    Interview Questions

    • Walk through a previous complex sales cycle and describe the obstacles you overcame.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Everything is negotiable. Do NOT accept the initial offer. Accept or Reject the second one. Do not negotiate further.

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