DataDirect Networks Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Operations Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at DataDirect Networks in January 2013.
Interview Details – 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.
Technical Writer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at DataDirect Networks in April 2012.
Interview Details – 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 Question – "Star Trek or Star Wars?" I answered "Star Trek." Next question: "Kirk or Picard, and why?" View Answer
Negotiation Details – 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.