I applied through college or university and the process took 5 days - interviewed at Sandia in December 2013.
Interview Details – I had phone interviews with the department manager and with two of his staff members. The interviews consisted of very basic technical questions along with questions about projects I've worked on.
Interview Question – No difficult questions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Sandia in August 2013.
Interview Details – Three letters of recommendation were required before an interview was granted. Interview was scheduled for about an hour and included two engineers from the department and one other trades person. There were technical questions, behavioral questions and an opportunity to see a sample component produced by the department. The type of work was discussed: attention to detail and manual dexterity required.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in five years? View Answer
Negotiation Details – The position of Trades II was a union position with a salary that was contained in the collective bargaining agreement between Sandia Corporation and the Metal Trades Council, so no salary negotiation took place. I accepted and then a drug test and background investigation followed and then a start date was arranged.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sandia in June 2013.
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I interviewed for the research organization within Sandia. This group's interview process is different than for other groups at Sandia. They require you to give a 30-60 minute presentation on previous research and/or projects. I gave my presentation at from 8-9am and then I got about 5-6 questions afterwards. The questions were not horribly difficult but you do need to make sure that you know that details of your presentation. Afterward, I had about 5-6 interviews. All the interviewers were very friendly. Most of the interviewer asked me background questions and some behavioral questions (only a couple general technical questions, no coding or anything). Their main goal I think was make sure my background was appropriate and that I was good fit for the job. At Sandia, I've been told many times they want people with good teamworks skills and even some of the interviewers told me they just flat out don't hire arrogant people.
I was called by the manager a week after the interview with a job offer and started the job 2 weeks after the interview. I'm not sure this is the usual case, but for me the hiring process was pretty fast. (I already had a clearance)
In the research organizations at Sandia 90% of the employees are PhDs. However, I only have a masters so it is certainly possible to get those type of jobs.
Interview Question – I had an internship at Intel 4 years before this interview, and I got asked details of that internship (my interviewer was familiar with the type of job I had done). This kinda threw me off because I had to remember and extract what exactly I did back then. Just be ready to talk about your previous projects, internships, and previous jobs in detail. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation
I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Sandia in March 2013.
Interview Details – I initial had a telephone interview with hiring manager. He asked very general questions about my background. One particular specific question was about my people's skills And putting a large team in place to solve a technical problem. This was followed by a two day on-site interview in Albuquerque. I was picked up from the hotel by a senior engineer (pmts, same level as what I was being interviewed for). He took for breakfast. This was follwed by my presentation to an audience of about 25 people in a crowded conference room. The rest of the day was all 1:1 interview with different levels of staff. Next day, hiring manager took me for breakfast followed by a group interview at the labs. Then I had lunch with the manager and his boss (senior manager). The afternoon was spent at the humane resources.
Interview Question – How will I go about picking a team to solve a technical problem with limited funding and time resources. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Initial dollar amount 'twas not acceptable to me. Then after a few months, they came back with higher offer which I accepted.
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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Sandia in November 2012.
Interview Details – testing, interview with HR , interview with manager. Process took 3 months. The interview was more conversational and very relaxed. HR asked about my skills and the manager just asked a little about my background and told me about the position and the company
Interview Question – no difficult questions Answer Question
Negotiation Details – no negotiation
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Sandia in September 2012.
Interview Details – Took forever to get in the door. Interview process was fairly simple, 4-5 different interview including one outside the hiring organization. The waiting game for the offer was fairly painful. Took about 3 months to get everything settled.
Interview Question – No real difficult questions. Hardest part was college GPA issues. If you have lower than a 3.5, plan on having to justify yourself to upper management Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Very limitied negotiation. They take in all your info :job experience, degrees, salary and feed it into their formula and spit out your salary. Manager actually does first round of negotiations with HR.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 10 months - interviewed at Sandia.
Interview Details – First off your education accomplishments are highly regarded at Sandia. Even if you have many years of experience your grades will matter when you are hired. You also have to pass a very extensive background check which actually requires investigators to personally contact people you know. I was given a tour of the facility and shown several impressive technical achievements designed and built at Sandia. Then I was interviewed by 4 different managers to see where I fit best.
Interview Question – There were some very personal questions that I didn't expect. Technically the interview process was quite benign. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I tried to negotiate but was turned down.
I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Sandia in June 2012.
Interview Details – I had a two day interview and met with a total of 15 people and gave a presentation based upon my Ph.D. work. The interview was very relaxed, most people asked me what questions I had about Sandia and about the city. I only got a few questions based upon my presentation. Besides that, there were no technical questions. Most of the time during the interviews was spent with me asking the interviewers about their research.
Interview Question – Why don't you want to go into academia? Answer Question
The process took 2 days - interviewed at Sandia in May 2012.
Interview Details – Initially spoke with recruiter at a career fair. Applied online. Phone interview with hiring manager. Brought on-site for two days of intense interviews. Consisted of hour-long interviews with a variety of people from the hiring organization and outside the organization. Also had a group presentation and round table Q&A with area managers. All of the staff were excellent people who would be great to work with. Excellent benefits, great work culture, nice location.
The process took a day - interviewed at Sandia in January 2012.
Interview Details – Met with 5 interviewers that day all asking about my background, what I did over the summer (I was just fresh off an internship with them), and asked if I had any questions. Not really any technical questions, all were personal queries. Interview also consisted of a free lunch. The hiring manager said to expect a decision to be made by the next month. Here I am 4 months later left hanging, wondering if they even care to finish the interview process. I even emailed the hiring manager twice. The best I ever got was, "corporate still hasn't released the amount of candidates they could hire, we'll get back to you later". Not cool.
--Interdisciplinary team of engineers/scientists
--Open-door policy (team-members eager to chat about research ideas)
--In general, people were friendly and welcoming
--Excellent weekly seminar on a broad range of research topics
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