Sierra Nevada Corporation
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Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in November 2012.
Interview Details – On-site recruiter called me to see if I would have an interest in working for Sierra Nevada Corp. After the phone interview with recruiter I was then asked to complete an online interview with the VP of the department. After the online interview I was then asked to travel to Hagerstown for a panel interview.
Interview Question – Most questions were straight forward and I felt very comfortable during the interview process Answer Question
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Software Engineer Intern Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in March 2014.
Interview Details – I talked to a recruiter at a job fair, and about a month later I got a call asking to set up an interview time. I was brought in on a Monday from 8:00am-1:00pm and met with a Senior Software Engineer, other Software Engineers, and upper level management (I didn't expect to meet with people that high up on the chain of command, but they seemed genuiniely interested in what I was interested in, had studied, etc.).
I generally just talked with each person I met with about my employement history, what I learned from those positions, projects I had worked on at school, what I am interested in, etc. There were no questions like "how do you detect a cycle in a linked list" etc. I assume because my resume and GPA spoke for itself.
After the interview, I was offered a position about two weeks later and started a couple weeks after that.
Interview Question – An interviewer asked about the Fast Fourier Transform, but not as an interview question, he was just excited that I knew what it was and could talk about it. He asked how I would address a particular problem with the FFT, which was easy to answer. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – As a fresh-out-of-college employee there was not much negotiation to be done.
Systems Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in March 2014.
Interview Details – Initial screening call with a talent specialist before they brought me in for an on-site interview. I had help from an acquaintance so I believe I skipped the phone interview phase. On-site involved a one-on-one with my potential manager then an interview with three senior engineers/managers. I also had a brief interview with two directors in another program for a second position. The trip lasted a little over three hours, including meeting with HR.
Interview Question – Standard questions about background and experiences, including to get an understanding of motivation and willingness to take on new challenges and responsibility. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – SNC requires a response to their offer within 48 hours and would not extend this deadline.
Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Interview Details – Initial phone screening with the talent specialist, followed by a group phone interview with hiring manager, members of team and team lead, in person group interview on site, hr asked questions for 1/2hr, group of 4 team members spent an hour discussing position and asking questions, questions ranged from leadership experience, leadership definition, job defining, experience
Interview Question – What is your definition of a leader? Answer Question
Engineering Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Interview Details – ok
Interview Question – money and availability View Answer
Negotiation Details – take it or leave it
Program Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in October 2013.
Interview Details – A contact helped me get started with the process/application, and I was contacted within two days from submitting the application and resume. I had an initial interview approximately one week later, and then had a hiring interview approx three weeks after that via webcam and phone (The ISR Division of SNC is based in Centennial, CO). Part of the delay was determining how to conduct the interview, as I was not in the continental US. Normally, a third interview could be conducted on site, but I did not do this due to being OCONUS. I received initial clearance and drug testing paperwork about one week later. It took 1-2 weeks after that to negotiate the verbal offer, and I received the written offer another 1-2 weeks after that. Overall process took 5-6 weeks.
Interview Question – I was asked standard program management questions; nothing difficult or unexpected. I did review 3-4 websites with program management interview questions (some had possible answers.) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I received what I asked for plus a sign-on bonus. I did ask to forego a benefit in place of additional bonus and recieved a partial concurrence.
SNC already has a great benefits package and fantastic corporate climate. I'm excited to be part of the SNC family.
Mechanical Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation.
Interview Details – Like many employees here, I was referred by a friend. I interviewed onsite and was given an offer right away. Everyone seemed very friendly.
Interview Question – My interview was semi-technical, but really more of a skills assessment. I don't remember any particularly difficult questions. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They were very unyielding in my attempt to negotiate vacation - I was only asking for the same vacation I had at the time with another company, but they stuck me with 2 weeks. They gave me my asking salary, but in hindsight it was pretty low.
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Engineer Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in July 2013.
Interview Details – SNC's engineering/management hiring is a joke. They simply don't know what they are doing when it comes to hiring, and they think that they can just google questions to ask. They are a defense contractor, but if you want to know anything about any one of their projects, just interview for a position with one. They will sit there with their buds all in on the same interview (woo, meeting time = free soda! 30 mins? Better charge an hour and a half.), and talk about how great their project is, even down to minutia of how it works.
Interview Question – And when the interview is over, you realize they didn't ask you a single challenging question, unless it was some small engineer in the back who realizes they are going to hire a doofus and is trying to pipe up to save the project or comapny. No matter, the manager or two guys from the project assigned to 'hire' just have to like you. There might also be a third person in on the interview, who those two know, and they think to themselves, for example, "this SNC guy out in Timbuktu knows RF. I know RF stands for Radio Frequency, and I think this job needs wireless stuff, so I'll invite him to the interview as well." Your resume gets plopped into a shared folder where it might get deleted on accident, and your name gets placed on a spreadsheet where they have people who may have overheard the conversation give a thumbs up or down. Most of this is done on project time and money, and SNC employees must 'ALWAYS be on a charge number, even if it's borderline or plain unethical. They are starting to utilize more the 'official hiring folk' from up front who think they know best, but really have no clue what an engineer is supposed to do, and so unfortunately these people will filter out the real good people. Your best bet is to try to contact an engineer on a team to get your name past those guys. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Low ball, slightly higher low ball + guilt trip, 150% matching for 10% of income? "good" medical? ok. I don't have time to do the math in my head so i suppose I'll accept.
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Program Manager Interview (Neutral Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in February 2009.
Interview Details – Pretty much easiest interview ever. No formalities, no real interview questions.
Negotiation Details – Slow with recruiting. Had to bug the recruiter constantly for status updates.
Software Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Sierra Nevada Corporation in December 2009.
Interview Details – Initial call was with recruiter who based on an initial screen, was called to interview in person. Technical interview was very light ! No on the spot coding etc..general questions and explain on the board with a diagram type questions. There were some generic IP Networking questions about the IP protocol header; and high level questions on UNIX System calls
Interview Question – What is the most difficuly challenge you faced on any project Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Straighforward negotation with Head of SF branch directly
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