I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at TIAA-CREF in June 2012.
Interview Details – Referral would be best to get into this company. HR does not follow up if apply via internet, and there are too many layers of interview process.
Interview Question – Basic questions, so just be yourself Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at TIAA-CREF in April 2009.
Interview Details – Phone with HR, in person and via video conference. Pretty standard.
Negotiation Details – Straight forward terms of pay, benefits, moving conditions. One back and forth on salary negotiation.
I applied through college or university and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at TIAA-CREF.
Interview Details – Only 2 interviews, both behavioral. No technical interview.
Interview Question – Please be prepared to have questions for the interviewer. Interviewers expect us to ask questions. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 10 months - interviewed at TIAA-CREF.
Interview Details – Tortous. hiring is not centralized, and HR hires a number of outside consultants to complete the process. it took approximately 10 months from interview to hiring. If you need to move fast, this is not the place .
Negotiation Details – virtually none. Tey kew I was desperate and that worked against me.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TIAA-CREF.
Interview Details – Common questions based on past work experience.
Interview Question – Did you ever disagree with your immediate Supervisor and how did you resolve the issue. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at TIAA-CREF in March 2013.
Interview Details – My resume was sent to a current employee who then forwarded it to Human Resources. A Senior HR team member contacted me and was very professional. I was then passed off to a junior HR employee who scheduled the phone interview. The phone interview with the hiring manager was typical and lasted about 20 minutes. I was never contacted by the junior HR employee after the phone interview. Since I wasn't very impressed with the company as a whole I decided to not follow up either.
Interview Question – Was asked to explain how I measured and operationalized specific variables in my previous work. This seemed more like a way to gain insights about other companies measurement standards than was a test of my knowledge. It seemed kind of unprofessional. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at TIAA-CREF in June 2012.
Interview Details – Two technical rounds, one telephonic and other face to face
Negotiation Details – They accepted what I asked for.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at TIAA-CREF.
Interview Details – Email application, phone interview, in-person interview
Interview Question – I didn't think any specific question asked was unexpected or out of the ordinary. However, they did request demonstrations of programming knowledge, excel knowledge, etc. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at TIAA-CREF in May 2013.
Interview Details –
1st round of interviews with HR, then 2nd and 3rd rounds with the MD and other team members. 1st round was behavioral, 2nd round was focused on case interviews, 3rd round on tools and methodologies.
Beware, I was told that they have a very long recruiting process because due to compliance they need to interview a certain number of people for each position. After I interviewed, they interviewed others for the next 4 weeks.
Interview Question – 4 case studies: 2 were specific to TIAA-CREF's business and 2 were random Answer Question
Reason for Declining –
Offer was extended was too low in terms of salary. They knew my previous salary, but I was never warned that the range my be considerably lower. Unbeknownst to me at the time it was extended, it was 100% non-negotiable. There was zero sense of urgency from HR to receive an answer. They also did not know who in the team would be my supervisor nor did they know if I would be spending my first week in Denver or in Charlotte, where the majority of the team is located. The offer letter took 3 days to arrive, versus the 24 hours I had been promised. During the offer process, I never got a sense that anyone was excited to have me join. No one from the business team reached out. Not even the HR person mentioned in the letter and assigned to help me through the process called.
My interview schedule was very hurried. I had less than 12 hrs notice between 2nd and 3rd round and between the 1st person and 2nd person in the 3rd round. I was constantly told that they needed to move fast because they had pending projects. But then, after my last interview, 5 weeks passed before an offer was extended.
My recruiter was also very lackadaisical. There were periods of 2 and 3 weeks with zero communication, even though I was following up once a week. She took a long weekend between the day I received the offer and the day I had to reply. Her voice mail was full at 4pm on her departure day and was still full past mid-day the day she returned. The day I rejected the offer, I left her a VM at 9:20am. When she called to check in at 1:40pm, she still had not listened to it.
Their time from offer acceptance to 1st day is about 20 days. They do background and drug tests. Again, zero sense of urgency.
All in all, I had too many red flags and was just not excited about the $$.
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at TIAA-CREF.
Interview Details – One of the worst interview processes I have ever been through. HR Department is completely incompetent and disorganized. The whole process took over 3 months. After passing the initial phone screening and first round interview I heard from HR that I was a finalist. I tried to set up a second round interview however HR went silent. Tried emailing and calling HR for 2 weeks, but nothing. Finally received an email after 3 weeks, giving me a case analysis to complete for the interview and gave me a grouping of time slots to choose from. After the interview I was told I would hear back in the next week or two...nothing. Around 3 weeks after the interview I tried contacting HR looking for an update as I was beginning to get interviews at other firms, however no response. By this point I realized I wasnt getting the job, however the least they could do after this 3 month interview process was send a rejection email, or at the very least respond to one of my emails or phone calls. Here it is 6 weeks later and still no response.
Interview Question – They proved me with a detailed case analysis in which I had to do a 2 page write up Answer Question
Pros: “Solid company. Good values: services for the greater good. Andrew Carnegie started. Colleagues were pleasant. Good work/life balance. Strong name in industry.” – Full Review
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