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Updated Oct 15, 2014
Updated Oct 15, 2014
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  1.  

    Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Opower.

    Interview Details

    Very open, casual and informative info chat before beginning the official hiring process
    Well-integrated, fast process after resume submission.
    1. Homework about generic product management paradigms and some firm-specific innovation ideas.
    2. Phone Interview about Homework. Detailed probing for architectural considerations, phasing, tracking and expansion opportunities.
    3. Campus Interview with mix of behavioral & technical questions. 4 1:1 interviews back to back.

    Interview Questions
    • "I will leave the room for 5 mins and when I come back, I want you to explain to me every technical element of a piece of software you have built"   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Corporate Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at Opower in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied online over Jobvite and had first phone interview 6 days later with a recruiter in Arlington, VA. Interview went well- she was very friendly and asked standard initial questions, also asked me if I was comfortable with the pay rate. Second phone interview was three days later with the manager in San Francisco, CA that I would directly be working under. Since she is the one I would be working with, I thought the interview would be more conversational but she sounded more like a recruiter than the recruiter did. Asked very straight-forward questions, straight to the point, not conversational at all. Very focused on specific goals I want to have met during this 6-month internship. Heard back within the week that I made it to the final interview process which was three back-to-back interviews, a half hour each. Had a phone call from the recruiter to prep me for the process and what to expect, but she sounded very rushed so it was short. She also said I was one of three final candidates. The interviews were done using online video conferencing. The first interview was with someone in Arlington. She hadn't looked at my resume yet so she spent the first minute familiarizing herself with it. Asked simple questions about my resume for a few minutes then asked me if I had questions for her. She then said she had to leave early to pick someone up from the airport and was hoping we could end early. Second interview was with someone in Arlington who currently has the same position I'm interviewing for in Arlington. He was very nice and we had the best conversation. We really covered everything about myself and the position, but he said he had no part in the hiring, he was just there to make sure I understand everything about the position. The third interview was with someone in San Francisco, and she was 15 minutes late so she said we would have to rush very quickly to cover a few questions. Focused on providing past examples of having too much on my plate and having different priorities than other people. After these three interviews I didn't know how to feel since two were cut short and the one really good conversation was not part of the hiring. I didn't hear back for a while and followed up again with the recruiter a couple weeks later. She replied a few days later with: "We did actually hire someone into this position, but I will let you know if we have any other openings in the future." as the entire message. I found that unprofessional that after spending the time to go through multiple interviews and waiting to hear back for the final decision, they don't even make sure to notify all three final candidates of the decision, and replied with such a short and impersonal message.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time where you had too much on your plate and you had to ask someone for help.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you were working on a project that was important to you but other people were not taking the project seriously or making it their priority.   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a time you worked on a very complex project and how did you approach those complexities?   Answer Question
    • What was your biggest challenge in a past position? What was your proudest moment in a past position?   Answer Question
    • What are your expectations for this position? What are specific goals that you would like to have met at the end of this 6-month position?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    interviewed at Opower in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online and was contacted by one of their recruiter. After spending some time going over the ususal discussion of my past experience and responsibilities I was told that the next stage of the interview process is a coding exercise. The assignment itself is not too difficult and require knowledge of some design patterns and callback structures with proper threading,but the instructions say that the solution should look like a 'production level' solution. So after spennding 5 days including a weekend to make sure that I am using property files to pick up attributes, using log4j for proper logging and making sure sifficient application progress is logged at proper log level, using sufficient jUnit and Mocito to add unit tests with runtime mocking of my service layer, adding a design document with proper UML class diagram and more, I submit the assignment. After submitting I received the instruction from the recruiter that I would hear back in 72 hours. After nine(9) days when I still haven't heard anything back, I email the recruiter again to see if I am still being considered for further interviews I get a response saying that it was decided that my background might not be best fit for the position and I am not being considered anymore.
    I would have preferred to get atleast some feedback for the 5 day long task I was given and some response as to what exactly was lacking or missing from my solution and if it wasn't my code that made them decide that I wasn't fit then perhaps a few more behavioral interviews before the coding exercise would seem more appropriate.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Was contacted by email less than a week after applying. Had a phone screen with the Recruiter. It was about 15 minutes long where she asked basic questions (describe your background, salary expectations, start availability, etc.) No surprising questions.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  6.  

    Customer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Opower.

    Interview Details

    Initial Phone interview . Followed by Phone interview from the team. Called in for on-site a week later. pretty easy and friendly interview and not deep technical. The process took around 3 interviewers for onsite with 30-45 min each. Questions mostly on troubleshooting and getting to know on how to deal with customers in variety of ways.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Decent negotiaiton
    Accepted Offer
  7.  

    Client Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Opower.

    Interview Details

    The hiring and interview process here at Opower was by far the smoothest I've ever gone through before. I applied through LinkedIn and within a couple of days I got a response from the recruiter. We got on a call, discussed the typical logistical questions, and I was scheduled to talk to the hiring manager within the next couple of days. The following week I was in the office interviewing with the team and that all went smoothly as well. The people at Opower are probably the most down to earth bunch I've ever come across. The interviews didn't really feel like interviews, more like conversations, which I absolutely appreciated. Within two days of the interview I received my offer letter and that was that.

    I definitely want to give a shout out to the recruiters at Opower! They work tremendously hard to keep the whole process smooth. They are very transparent about the position, what the company is looking for, and any concerns they or the team might have. You should definitely address these concerns head on and don't be afraid to speak your mind.

    Interview Questions
    • Just be sure to study up on the materials the recruiter suggests. It helps a lot. Be yourself and just be honest with the team. If you don't know something, show them the logical steps you would take to find the solution.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Opower Response

    Jul 11, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Welcome to O! Thanks for the shout-out, I'll be sure to let the recruiting team know. And thanks for leaving a review...we appreciate it.

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    Client Engagement Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Opower in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I went through 3 interviews, 1 via phone with their recruiter and 2 via Skype with senior managers within the department. I was told I would be recommended for the in-person interview next, but then received the standard rejection email from HR about a week later with no further explanation.

    Interview Questions
    • There seemed to be a lot of concern about lack of experience within the Energy Efficiency industry. It seems like they are really limiting their talent pool if this is a deal-breaker. The critical skills for this type of position are relationship management, project management and data analysis. The industry can be learned, just like any other.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Administrative Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Arlington, VA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Opower.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview with a recruiter. I then spoke (by phone) with the person who I would replace. I was asked to complete a "homework assignment" and then was asked to come into the office to meet with several individuals. I had to reach out to the recruiters to follow up as I moved through the stages. Additionally, I was given very little notice for each of the interviews I had. Once I arrived on site, I met with individuals who were different than those they had identified for me prior (so I had no background information on them and researched the wrong people). And the schedule flipped as well; the "hardest" interview section (topgrading) was moved to the beginning of my on-site interview while I expected it would be at the end. It's clear that they are a rapidly scaling organization and the HR staff is doing its best to keep up. Everyone was very pleasant and nice but it felt a little frazzled.

    Interview Questions
    • One individual asked a question that was an energy-related scenario and it had so much jargon in it, it was nearly impossible to understand.   View Answer
    • There was a "Homework Assignment" where there were three questions each with at least four subparts and two powerpoint slides. The instructions indicated that we were not to spend more than two hours on its entirety.   View Answer
    • The "Topgraded" Interview. They started with college and went through my entire resume and asked what was the best day/worst day and why, and why I made the choices I did throughout my career.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Opower Response

    Jul 11, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for the time you spent with us and the feedback.

  10.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Opower was in our university job fair. I talked to one of the guys and they took my resume. A few days later they emailed me to schedule a phone coding interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  11.  

    Client Support Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Opower.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough interview and hiring process. Consisted of 2 phone interviews and 1 in person interview. Fun work environment, Very welcoming. Interviews by HR and team leaders. Had a tour of office and was asked several questions regarding background and where I see myself in a few years.

    Interview Questions
    • Programming questions for skills test or a little tough   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Opower Response

    Jul 11, 2014Employer Brand Manager

    Thanks for the time you spent with us and the review.

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