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Embedded Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Northrop Grumman in June 2012.
Interview Details – They conducted a phone interview after I applied on the website. The asked very specific questions regarding the job and my experience with embedded systems. After a couple days, they gave me a call back for an in-person panel interview. There were 4 people that sat in on the panel during the interview, and it was very intimidating. Each person had their own gauntlet of questions, and it was a grueling process. Be prepared to display your knowledge and experience to them. They have a whiteboard and ask questions to make sure you are competent in the areas you claim to be, so don't try to BS them while applying. These people are experts and will see right through it.
Interview Question – "Why are sewer caps round?" View Answers (2)
Negotiation Details – Little room for negotiation, but their offer was excellent and extremely hard to turn down.
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Embedded Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at Northrop Grumman in April 2008.
Interview Details – Managers don't know anything about engineering so if you want to work here, just make stuff up and smile allot. Senior engineering doesn't really care what you can and can't do, most of the time they don't know the correct answers themselves. Seriously, your pretend skills are worth more than your degree at Northrop.
Negotiation Details – Don't bother with HR, just get the best you can going in because it will be your last chance for a long time. No significant bonus; even for the experts.
Embedded Software Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Northrop Grumman in April 2008.
Interview Details – I was recommended by a contact within the company. After I applied for the job, I was asked to do a phone interview. That went pretty well; the interviewer asked standard questions about my background and experience, and probed a little into my technical ability. A couple weeks later they asked me to come out to San Diego for an on-site interview. This consisted of 3 parts: A panel interview with 3 senior engineers, a 1:1 interview with the dept head, and a 1:1 interview with HR. The technical interview wasn't as challenging as I had anticipated; the rest were fairly straightforward.
I would recommend that people contemplating working here be willing to work many and long hours. NG does offer overtime for salaried employees from time to time, which is nice actually, but it is not guaranteed. And like most government contractors, be prepared for lots of paperwork.
Interview Question – I was asked if I had any experience with Rhapsody. View Answer
Negotiation Details – NG offered me a decent entry-level salary but was able to bump it up a couple of grand with a little pressure.
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