Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in July 2012.
Interview Details – I applied online and got a response withing a month. There was no phone interview. During my in person interview my interviewer did most of the talking. Gave a presentation on what his department is involved in and the basics of how they do it. I was asked a few softball questions like "what attracts you to the company" and other non-technical questions.
Interview Question – None really. Like I said it was totally non-technical. A little research beforehand on basic interview questions was the only preparation I needed, and even that wasn't really necessary. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in August 2013.
Interview Details – I applied online and was called in for an on-site interview within a week. I decided to come in for a Saturday interview. Parked in the visitor lot and had to fill out a form to leave on the dash. Short walk across the street to the interview/HR building. While waiting I got a packet of info about benefits which was useful to look through. There were about 5 others in for interviews that day. I met with an HR rep to confirm all my info was up to date including all my professional experience which they use to determine a starting salary. I had 2 half hour interviews. The first was with ~5 managers of different groups. A second was with 2 managers of a couple more groups. I answered some basic questions from my resume. They told me a bit about the groups they were in (very short descriptions). I asked questions regarding travel. At most they said I might travel to DC for short trips now and then, or over to the facility in Rhode Island, or between the Groton and New London locations. I asked questions regarding what I would expect to work on for any given day. They said it depends on which position. Some positions do all desk and lab work. Other positions may work with the actual production equipment to go on the subs. After that was a ~1 hour tour of a single room with a bunch of submarine models. This was very tiring having to stand for an hour in a single room, but it was very informative to get a big picture of what the company has and is working on. Next I met with the HR rep again where I was given an offer letter. Finally I had to walk quite a distance down the street to provide fingerprints. The day was about 4-5 hours long.
The offer was for a position with 1 of 5 different groups that I interviewed for. I left feeling as if I didn't know enough information about any of these groups. During the interviews I tried to get more information about where I would be working and what types of tasks I would be working on but information provided during the interviews was very vague. The HR rep did provide me a link to read about the different groups but they were pretty vague descriptions yet again.
I asked both HR and the interview groups about tuition reimbursement. Neither could tell me if my next master's class which started in several weeks would qualify for reimbursement if I started the position shortly thereafter. They basically pointed fingers in opposite directions.
Interview Question – I was not asked any technical questions, only process related questions. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – The offer was extremely low and was based entirely on my years of experience. I had a current job and would have taken a huge pay cut if I had taken the offer... to the point where I wouldn't be able to buy food after paying my monthly mortgage and student loans. They would not negotiate. I guess EB is in the business to hire mediocre employees while letting talent go elsewhere. I at least got reimbursed for mileage (has to be >50 miles) at the current IRS rates... I'd say the interview was worth it just for that.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in January 2009.
Interview Details – Brought the top 10+ ME group from my college to interview. Several students felt they would get offers based on interview process. However, no one received offer, unsure if interview was to keep up relations with college.
Interview Question – Typical questions only, nothing out of the norm Answer Question
I applied through college or university and interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Interview Details – Submitted an application at a college career fair and was called for an interview about a month later. No phone interview or screening. I drove 7 hours for the interview which lasted about an hour with 4 individuals. Nice people, no real difficult questions, fairly formal.
Was told that I would have an answer in about 2 weeks. After 3 weeks, no reply. When I called they said it would be about another week. Called again in about two weeks, they said they were still making their decision. My opinion is that they made their decisions and were keeping others on the line in case they refused. Salary they offered to MBA's was not impressive. About $30 - $40,000. Never had any communication from them again, regardless of the fact that they said they would get back to me.
Interview Question – Theres a man crying in your office, your boss is calling you into his office, and you have a phone call from a client. What do you do? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Interview Details – The promotion to supervisor is internal. The process begins with an application through the job posting website. The application consists of filling out fields, attaching a resume, and writing an explanation of why you are the best person for the job. The explanation should tie your experience and skills to those requested in the job posting.
Qualified applicants are then selected for a panel interview. The panel consists of the hiring manager, an HR rep, and others with whom you may interact - whether managers from other departments, program office, or supervisors who would be your colleagues. You may get asked anywhere form ten to fifteen questions and are usually given a time limit... keep track of your own time.
Interview Question – In one of my supervisor interviews, I was thrown off by a questions regarding a time when I had to choose between following a procedure as written or taking a different approach to resolve a problem. I had to explain why I made the choice I did and how it turned out. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No real negotiations for salary or vacation time. I had tried in the past and was told Electric Boat has a rigorous process for determining a salary and is very strict on vacation rules. I had a lot of flexibility with my start date, though.
I applied online - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in February 2012.
Interview Details – Phone call was to say I've been invited for an on-site interview, where I was flown out to Providence, RI where I'd drive and spend the preceding night in Groton, CT. A group of at least a dozen interviewees were there that morning and we went to get our temporary security badge, then back where we all turned in our transcripts and given an itinerary for the day. Shuttles took me to their new engineering building and it was a friendly process. No technical questions asked and while it was cordial, it definitely had the atmosphere of a large company where everyone's a number. Being out-of-state, the hiring manager seemed to be unfamiliar with my school's reputation (despite being top three in its field) and I felt like he had some pre-drawn conclusions, especially since I wasn't asked anything technical.
Interview Question – What was your favorite class and why? View Answer
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in May 2012.
Interview Details – I showed up where I was supposed to be, and then waited a half hour before anyone came and got me. I interviewed with 6 people individually, of which 2 were actually prepared. One came late to the interview because he forgot. Nobody had a copy of my resume and everyone asked me for a copy. I had no technical questions. Just questions about my experience, with no real verification. I wouldn't hire anyone based on that type of interview. But they do.
Interview Question – Do you have a copy of your resume because the HR didn't give me a copy? View Answer
Negotiation Details – There wasn't negotiations. It was take it or leave it, however the salary was generous. However, be aware ... two weeks vacation. Seriously.
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Interview Details – I applied through Electric Boat's website. About 3-4 weeks later I received a call from them asking for an interview. Called their travel office and they payed for me to travel and stay at a hotel. For the day of the interview, arrived at offices at 7:30 am, had to walk and get a badge and go through some basic security questions. Then got to go on a tour of the facilities, see some of their buildings, machine shop, etc.
Most engineers had moved to EB's new building across the river. I was interviewing for a job that wasn't. Was taken to a pretty old and dirty building. The interview was relaxed and fairly informal but a little annoying... my interviewer was eating lunch as we talked. I was also in a suit and tie and was very overdressed compared to everyone there.
Talked about my school work and was only asked behavioral questions. Afterwards I was supposed to go to lunch with someone... only they didn't really plan it out, so my interviewer went and grabbed somebody who clearly didn't want to go, but I got a free lunch and chatted with him anyways. Was walked back to their employment office, took my stuff, and left. Has been 3 weeks and have not heard back.
Interview Question – Walk me through your problem solving process. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in October 2012.
Interview Details – So, starts off in the office, you have to walk a little bit to get a visitors badge and or fingerprinted. Then you go back and sit in the waiting area with other candidates. Lady comes in and takes all to another room for transcript, passport, just documents. Gives you a folder containing benefits, very useful information, and a schedule is contained in there too. Tour is next, pretty low key and hard to hear the guide, so wait to get outside the manufacturing buildings to really ask questions. After the tour, a bus/shuttle will move you from the Groton facilities to the New London one, where engineers actually now work it appears. You follow the schedule given, usually past lunchtime, I had two interviews. First with my supervisor, very kind person, very relaxed interview. Went over the scope of the company and what they do and the group does before asking any questions. Basic behavioral and situation questions, no technical. Walked through the resume, so know what's on yours and be sure to describe and talk. Also the usual tell me about yourself stuff, no brain teasers or any funny sorts. The second interview was with a third year engineer over lunch, also very relaxed. Make sure to explain if they ask why you choose EB. The staff is very chill and nice, its a casual clothing workplace. After the interviews, a closing is done at Groton. You fill out a survey where 1 question asks your desired salary. Also, don't be afraid to put down suggestions or comments.
Interview Question – How do you prioritize and manage time if you have two projects that have a similar if not the same deadline? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation, the offer was made over the phone so I would say negotiation was not really possible.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ months - interviewed at General Dynamics Electric Boat in February 2011.
Interview Details – Hiring process is very slow. Took me over 4 months from the time that I applied for the job to start. As I have learned since working for the company that working through the various hoops in dealing with HR can be daunting. Interviewers are required to ask a prepared set of questions, which must be submitted with recommendation for hiring after interviews are complete. HR is not willing to negotiate on salary and vacation though I was able to negotiate a salary increase within 6 months of coming to the company.
Interview Question – How will you make the transition from your previous career/job to this one where you will hold a different level of responsibility. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Electric Boat HR is not willing to negotiate on benefits, particularly vacation time. I believe this is because salaried employees are outnumbered by and have to live by some of the rules that were negotiated with the various company unions. I was able to negotiate a salary increase within the first 6 months and that was put into effect 4 months after I came to the company.
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