DigitalGlobe
2.7 of 5 51 reviews
www.digitalglobe.com Longmont, CO 1000 to 5000 Employees

DigitalGlobe Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 12, 2014
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Ground Systems Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Longmont, CO

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in February 2014.

Interview Details – Someone in the company gave my resume to HR. I got a phone call the next day to set up a phone interview with HR. That interview went very well, and I was invited onsite. I had 30 minutes with 1-2 people at a time for 2 1/2 hours. 30 minutes goes by too fast, so just be ready. Then I was taken to lunch a week later with members of the team and the hiring manager. I was presented with an offer which I accepted.

Interview Question – A couple interviewers asked good technical questions (describe the end-to-end flow from a thermistor to operator console at whatever level of knowledge you have), and others just wanted to know basic info about my background and experience. The lunch was very casual, and lasted almost 2 hours. There were no curve balls in this process. Very much as you would expect it to go.   Answer Question

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Senior Product Manager Interview

Senior Product Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at DigitalGlobe.

Interview Details – Started with phone screening and moved to on-site interviews with future coworkers, cross-functional team mates, and hiring manager.

Interview Question – No difficult questions. The interviews were largely focused on personality and fit with company culture.   Answer Question

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Technical Project Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Longmont, CO

I applied online - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in January 2014.

Interview Details – I had some connections who were previous employees at DG, and I believe that helped my resume gain more attention than it might have otherwise. After I applied online, I was emailed for a telephone screening a week later. After passing that, I was scheduled for another telephone interview about a week later with the Program Mgr who I'd be reporting to. It was a brief 15 minute screener. Shortly after getting through that, I was scheduled for an onsite for about 3 hours of interviews with various folks -mainly project managers, program managers, and system architects. It went by very quickly. They had my qualifications and some examples of experience on the resume, and it was obvious they really wanted to gauge my disposition and people skills for a high stress environment. I actually enjoyed talking with the interviewers, which I don't remember feeling during interviews earlier in my career. The interview process was fairly informal. They give you the chance to answer however you like, but go prepared to speak to your experience and have examples of positives and negatives from your past, and how you handled issues. Be positive, look them in the eye, have energy, and engage. The timeframe from application to interviews was about 5 weeks, which is about normal (if not faster) in my experience. I'm now waiting to hear back. Hopefully I can update this when I find out.

Interview Question – It was a fairly standard round of questioning....why do you want to be here?; what are your strengths? Weaknesses? How would you handle XXX? Tell me about a time when XXX. The most challenging question for me personally was about my budgeting experience; as in my prior role, PMs were not responsible for budget management other than contributing HW/SW costs and resource hours to the Product Mgr (who WAS responsible for the budget). Luckily, PMs who are PMP certified have to have a standardized knowledge base; so even if you come across something you haven't used in practice, you can probably learn it fairly quickly with some homework on the PMI site and online in general.   Answer Question

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Systems Engineer Interview

Systems Engineer
Longmont, CO

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in October 2013.

Interview Details – Submitted an application in July for a systems engineering position. Based on discussions with previous employees and reading the reviews of the company on Glassdoor, I was skeptical, but still curious. My perception was and is that the organization is experiencing deep self inflicted pain. Sometimes that isn't too bad. After all I had been involved in cleaning up more than a few absolute corporate self inflicted disasters.

Was contacted about the position in early September for a pre screen interview. Was told that my information would be sent to the hiring manager for consideration. The Colorado flood intervened, causing understandable chaos to the organization's operations in Longmont. Certainly, I didn't expect to hear much during this time. Three week later was happy to be contacted again, and but learned that my information had not been forwarded. But would be. This was consistent with previous descriptions of a dysfunctional organization. My continued skepticism was rewarded.

Received an email a week later in October to schedule a visit to Longmont specifically to meet the hiring manager and various members of the team. I was very flexible about scheduling the interview with the HR rep to insure she could schedule the internal resources necessary for the discussion. Was to meet with six people for a half hour each. How do you get rapport with six different people in less than 30 minutes so that the entire three/four hour interview is a success? Anyone? Conclusion: You must know someone within the company.

Performed a good deal of research on the company prior to the interview. The annual report is frightening to read and is written by frightened individuals, but a good source of information. Please review the identified risks carefully. I reviewed the FCC licenses, watched some promising product demonstrations on YouTube.

Arrived early at the facility for the interview to learn that the hiring manager decided to take the day off to go to the mountains. Don't give a crap score 1-1. The others involved in the interview assured me that the absence of the hiring manager would not impact the process. (I have a washed out bridge in Boulder County to sell you...) Upon learning this information, I sensed that without the opportunity to talk with the hiring manager, the day would be somewhat of a waste, though Longmont sure is a pretty town.

What I learned in the remainder of the interview was that the organization may be addicted to self inflicted pain. The interviewers hinted at organizational problems, work prioritization issues, and a revolving door of engineers. With the 100+ unfilled open positions on the corporate website it would seem like a candidate would take all of those things as a given. The interview was redundant. What the interviewers didn't do was say with specificity that, "We need X. What can you do to help us with X." No specific skill or knowledge was identified as being more important than any other.

I am very happy that my own experience with the negative narrative is consistent with others so as not to make a career mistake and wind up unhappy in Longmont (did I mention it is a very nice town)..It would have been worse of the interview experience was good then actually working there turned out to be bad..The hiring manager didn't show up...lol...classic.

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Information Security Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Longmont, CO

I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in February 2011.

Interview Details – Initial communication was via email and an attached questionnaire

Interview Question – Their questions were fairly routine as far as information security goes.   View Answer

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GIS Consultant Interview

Anonymous Employee
Herndon, VA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in December 2009.

Interview Details – Initial screening for qualifications, In house interview with senior management, Asked to come back for second interview with senior management/director. Offer Made

Interview Question – Greatest Weakness and Greatest Strength   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Take it or leave it

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Legal File Clerk Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in May 2012.

Interview Details – Phone Interview: 15-20 min. Simple questions. in 5-7 days was invited for an on-site interview: 4 people. One at a time. Everybody was nice.

Interview Question – How long are you planning on staying in this position taking into account that you have a higher degree that required for this position?   Answer Question

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Test Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Longmont, CO

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at DigitalGlobe.

Interview Details – Takes a very long time to get processed and hired for full time position. Contractors are very different and seem to get treated better in the process.

Interview Question – This is always based on your resume. Just know your resume and anything from there is fair game. Don't think the interviewer knows the answer. I have the feeling they often don't.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Bonus was a verbal commitment and nothing close to actual amount I ever received.

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Software Developer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Longmont, CO

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in July 2011.

Interview Details – Took about 4 days to get a phone screen with an HR droid. Complete waste of everyones time, he just asked me to regurgitate info from my resume. Next step was a phone screen a week later with hiring manager -- who never called. I emailed to see what the deal was, or if they wanted to reschedule, no answer. Based on my experience and other reviewers, DG does a horrible job of communicating with candidates.

Interview Question – just typical questions that HR asks   View Answer

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Systems Engineering Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at DigitalGlobe in May 2011.

Interview Details – The hiring process consisted of an initial phone interview, an in person interview which began 1:1 and then was expanded to a group interview, then a second group interview.

The initial phone interview was conducted by an employee who started as an intern the previous year. The interview was friendly and the questions gave a good impression of what would be expected of a Systems Engineer.

This was followed the next week with an in person interview conducted by senior members of the department. The interview began 1:1 with a manager and part way through became a group interview by three people. All three were polite and easy to talk to. There were general and specific questions about my previous experience as well as a significant discussion of the job I was applying for.

Two weeks later, a final interview was conducted by two managers in the department. This interview was tougher with more discussion of my skills, work history, motivation, and career plans.

Following the final interview I was contacted by human resources to authorize a background check and provide references. Approximately two weeks later, the company made an offer of employment.

Interview Question – If I give you a portion of our system that I want you to model and a point of contact, what is your next step?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate. Given the level of this position, the offer was likely "take it or leave it".

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