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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Santa Clara, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Once my resume was found online, I was contacted by an internal recruiter at DDN. He explained the role that they had available and gave me as much detail as possible about the position at that stage. After a very pleasant phone call my resume was quickly submitted to the hiring manager and I was updated at all times. Due to the traveling schedules of the interviewers a series of phone interviews were promptly arranged and culminated when I was brought into the facility to meet with the Engineering VP. Their recruiter was very professional, encouraging, and discussed how to best prepare for the interview conversations. I was impressed with all the people I interviewed with felt it was a good match of skills and needs.

    After the interview my recruiter was very keen to see how it went and was again very encouraging and genuinely interested in the outcome.

    I was offered the role soon after the interview and my recruiter was again very helpful in helping me understand the internal structure of the company. Even though I hired months ago my recruiter still has an interest in how I am getting along in the company. DDN has proven to be a great place to work where original ideas and hard work are appreciated.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending DDN to people who are looking for new opportunities and a dynamic work environment.

    Interview Questions

    • Mostly centered around my experience in storage devices. I was asked to provide some of the details of my implementations.   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Sunnyvale, CA) in January 2013.

    Interview

    In contact with recruiter over a four month period. Req was on and off again a few times. Constant apologies from the recruiter who was trying to pull it all together. Finally had face to face. They liked me, asked for references, discussed salary, indicated verbal offer was in process. Contacted references, completed background check then, Oh, then one more hurdle, back in for last minute interview with VP. He must have been having a bad day, not smiling, didn't go as well as I had hoped. Based on conflicting info from hiring manger and the VP, I concluded that the VP must be a micro-manager and would not have been an easy guy to work for anyway. He told me that I would have been given a cost reduction target of $XXX,000K and if I couldn't hit it in six months I would be gone. I didn't get a sense from anyone during any of my interviews that DDN would have been a present place to work. Even the hiring manager looked stressed during the interview. The day after my interview it was radio silence from recruiter. Very poorly coordinated process.

    In hindsight, I'm glad I met the VP, I think I avoided a major career disaster.

    Interview Questions

    • Can you work in ambiguous environments without any structure?
      Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?   1 Answer
    • Can you from day one, be on your own, no processes, just be told what needs to be done, and do it?   1 Answer
  3.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Colorado Springs, CO) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Thorough interviews which gives good perspectives on the company, culture, etc. The interview was focused on my experience, success stories, and challenges which I faced. I get a good feel of the owners and their expectations on the sales side of the house.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me your sales success stories, detailing how I won accounts in the past, my methods of getting the sales and commissions which I received.   1 Answer

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    Technical Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Chatsworth, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Only one round of interview, no trick question, very straightforward. The interviewer described day-to-day routine, also showed around the office, lab and working environment. The interview in overall took about 30 minutes to 45 minutes

    Interview Questions


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    Technical Writer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Chatsworth, CA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Employee referrals are preferred, but I found the company through the job search service Indeed.com. After I submitted my resume electronically, I was assigned to a DDN-retained contract recruiter, who made sure the entire hiring process happened ... presumably for a commission.

    I was told that one positive factor in the decision to hire me was the fact that I included links to online published work I had authored. The hiring managers could read my work for themselves and judge both its communicative and technical merit.

    After resume screening, there was a telephone interview with the recruiter, then with two hiring managers. After that came an on-site interview with a hiring manager and a potential coworker who could judge my technical and writing chops and assess my fit to the company culture.

    When the decision was made to hire me -- a process that took about a month from resume submission to hiring decision -- DDN wanted me on board ASAP. I gave two weeks notice at my old company, which meant putting DDN off, but they understood that. There was no gap between leaving the old company and starting work at DDN.

    Interview Questions

    • "Star Trek or Star Wars?" I answered "Star Trek." Next question: "Kirk or Picard, and why?"   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was in a strong position, since I was happily employed in my old job. I simply wasn't interested in the same old same old, and they knew it. At the same time, I knew DDN might be tightfisted -- an assessment that turns out to be true -- and they might not want to pay the kind of money I needed to make. So I acknowledged that as a possible deal breaker up front. They decided they needed my particular skill set enough to meet my requirements, but they didn't go one penny beyond that. I would just them to be shrewd and conservative hiring negotiators.


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    Demand Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DDN Storage (San Jose, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on line and the company recruiter got back to me within 2 weeks to set up the interview. The interview lasted about 30 min as scheduled. The hiring manager was very nice, small talk leading to the technical questions. It was hard to gauge the interview as the whole experience seemed smooth. I followed up with the company recruiter a week later and no feed back was provided. Overall the company sounds interesting and the interview experience was pleasant.

    Interview Questions


  7.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at DDN Storage in December 2011.

    Interview

    Over the phone only with both hiring manager and VP of sales. They knew me from other recommendations and I had a good understanding of the market and customer base.

    Interview Questions

    • What would I do in the territory   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (1)  

    Accounting Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Paris (France)
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Paris (France)) in October 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on linkedin with my profile, the HR manager called me back in a few days and I had a phone screen with her. The following day I talked with the Accounting Manager of EMEA and he asked me more about my previous experiences and the specific tasks related to accounting. The HR called me back in a couple of days to confirm me they would hire me and I received the offer within a week.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    The offer was very interesting but I had a better offer


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    Support Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Paris (France)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at DDN Storage (Paris (France)) in January 2017.

    Interview

    I was contacted directly by the recruiter, Bernadette, who had found my professional profile on a social network. We had a first phone conversation, after which she passed on my profile to the people who were the most likely to be interested in my skills.

    In the following couple of days I had two more phone interviews, after which I was invited for a full day at the company's offices near Paris, France. There I had 5 more in-person interviews. Bernadette managed the whole process and made sure that I met with people working in all relevant technical roles. They were all free-format interviews, mixing talks on technical topics with hobbies, interests and anything else that came up.

    That interview day was followed by internal discussions and administrative processes, and within less than two weeks I was offered the job. Altogether the whole process took less than a month.

    All through the process Bernadette, who acted as my point of contact, was very supportive and highly available for questions and orientation. I had excellent visibility over what was happening at all times, and was never left waiting and wondering whether I'd get an answer. Compared to my previous experiences, the recruitment process was fast, smooth and better than most.

    Interview Questions

    • What would make you stay at DDN for more than a few years?   Answer Question

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