I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at SAIC in March 2013.
Interview Details – Interview lasted most of the day. Met with several teams of software engineers, and individually with managers. The process starts with a written Java and C++ programming proficiency exam. You are given an hour, and based on your results you continue the interview or exit early. Exam questions are reasonable for someone skilled in the languages. One team were the technical sharks and grilled hard on multithreading and software design. The other teams tested more for fit with the culture.
Interview Question – Explain how to implement a multithreaded GUI in Java. How would you design a search engine? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Able to negotiate salary and increased vacation time.
Very Easy Interview
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at SAIC in October 2012.
Interview Details – Recruiter contacted me on linkedin, followed by a phone interview. He set me up with a group interview with 2 PMs and a developer the next day. Following evening I had written offer.
Interview Question – None. I was an exact fit for the position. I was asked to describe specifics of my work experience, nothing more. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Told them my salary requirements. They sweetened it a bit and added some PTO equivalent to my years experience as if I had been with the company for that time.
Very Easy Interview
I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at SAIC in July 2010.
Interview Details –
After applying for two software engineering jobs with the company via their website, an SAIC recruiter called me to see if I'd be interested in interviewing for a position. He read me a lot of information with a lot of acronyms related to the position. He handed me off to someone in HR who sent me a few electronic documents to complete. I looked up the position the recruiter called me about, and it was not one of the positions for which I'd applied, so I'm figuring they're hurting for people to fill a new need.
I went to the interview, a group interview, and there were something like 12 to 15 of us in a large conference room with refreshments--snacks, drinks. The facility is quite nice, but the work would be performed at a customer's site, and they warned me during my interview that it was crowded.
Half of us were sent into a second room to interview with other SAIC employees. I interviewed at a table with two SAIC developers currently on the project for which I was interviewing. The room had about 6 or 7 such tables. They seemed nice and told me about the position. Then we went back into the conference room and were briefed by HR and talked amongst ourselves while the second half of the candidates went for their interviews.
Interview Question – Why would you want to work on this project? View Answer
Reason for Declining – The benefits are rather poor, frankly. The salary offering was decent, but there is little way to have much work-life balance given that all of your sick time comes out of your vacation pot, which is insufficient for someone with several years' experience. Also, the recruiter seemed a little too enthusiastic when he called to follow up, and my interview itself was almost too easy. All smiles and no tough questions. There's some kind of desperation going on there.
I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at SAIC in September 2011.
Interview Details – There were a group of 5 developers performing the interview. They asked me on my previous job experience. Asked about my OO experience background and how well I know Java and what my experience was with java. There was no coding examples required.
Interview Question – Describe your role and responsibilities of your last job. Answer Question
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