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Piping Engineer I Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at URS in December 2013.
Interview Details Applied online and got a series of emails to fill out questionnaires on my background and work experience. 2 weeks following that a call scheduling a phone interview with the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. and the head of the Piping Engineering Division. about a month after that got an email saying another candidate had been chosen. Interviews were all very easy, minimum questions asked. Interviews mostly consisted of explaining what the job would entail and asking if I was up to the tasks and hand, explaining how I would get started, what was expected of me, etc.
Interview Question – No Difficult Questions were asked. Answer Question
Environmental Scientist Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and interviewed at URS.
Interview Details I was turned down by the computer genereated reviewer. But then a week later I was contacted by a recruiter. I had a phone interview with the recruiter the following monday and by thursday of that same week I had and in-person interview. By friday (the next day) they were starting the background check. And they actually called all 3 of my references. In-person interview should have lasted an hour but I had many questions and last much longer. I thought this interview process went very quickly, not sure if this is standard for the company.
Negotiation Details – They offered to pay for relocation but if you are unsure about the job, do not take the relocation money. You will have to pay back if you do not stay at the company for longer than a year!
Junior Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at URS in November 2010.
Interview Details Received phone call from HR to conduct phone interview. Next interview was scheduled with eventual coworkers. Interview was conducted by employees, not HR. Questions were direct and easy to answer. They were more concerned that I had a foundation to build on rather than all of the skills necessary to perform the jobs. Was allowed to grow into my current position
Interview Question – Nothing to difficult Answer Question
Negotiation Details – They beat my asking, which was a little disheartening because afterwards I felt I lowballed myself.
Scheduler-Planner Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at URS.
Interview Details As with most companies, the initial application process is online so need to include key words in resume. Then a phone interview with some brief interest questions. Lastly a face-to-face. Expect safety related questions along with relevant experience.
Interview Question – HR does the hiring so they will probably ask more difficult level questions than the job actually requires because the rep doesn't know exactly what you will be doing. Be prepared to have to know more than the job will require. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much room for negotiating due to their strict pay structure. They bill the client for a limited range of salary. Try to get a little more, but know they may be bringing you in close to the most they will be able to pay.
Senior Project Controller Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at URS in January 2010.
Interview Details Interview was okay. Asked a lot of questions. Got asked a lot of questions. No pressure.
Interview Question – What is your biggest weakness? I hate that question because it's a trick question. If you say you don't have any, then you appear to be cocky and arrogant. If you state a weakness that is job related or was the same weakness as the previous person, then you have just shot yourself in the foot. View Answer
Entry-Level Geologist Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at URS
Interview Details On-campus interview. Recruiter was very kind and helpful. She was very excited and willing to hire entry-level students. URS was very informational.
Interview Question – What sets you out from other interviewers? Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
GIS Analyst Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at URS in November 2013.
Interview Details Submitted resume online; Two weeks later, HR contacted me via email to setup phone interview with a VP of Data Management; One week later, a 30 minute phone interview with the VP and an aviation employee took place. From the very beginning, they were only interested in my aviation background, as I do have other pertinent industrial and academia experiences relating to this position. Amazingly, they "dug" for information specifically about the company's proprietary aviation datasets, main project details, and mostly about government funding as if they weren't interested in "me" but just about my prior company's "status". They deviated away from the job description entirely (i.e. GIS support on environmental and civil projects) - asking about my aviation background only and no other industrial experiences; We briefly spoke about my atmospheric-flight data integration work. They cut me short on discussing my prior accomplishments and also added distractions while I spoke (see below). The distractions happened about 16 minutes within the interview and carried to the end.
What brought this experience to a clearly "negative" level was that the VP had an aviation employee next to him (for screening obviously) who noticeably chuckled and tried adding "gotcha" questions into the interview (demonstrating incompetence and unprofessional, childish behavior).
They never asked if I had any questions regarding their position, about URS, or why I wanted to work for them (it was purely one directional information gathering and they targeted my prior company). It was definitely the worst interview experience in my career, none of which I expected it to be moderated by a 20+ year URS vice president.
Interview Question – Did you even work with any radar data? (sarcastic with a chuckle added) View Answer
Very Easy Interview
Engineer I Interview (Positive Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at URS.
Interview Details One of the engineers called me in for an interview. He discussed the tasks of the position with me. Then the engineering manager ask me questions on courses I had taken in college and how I would react to certain situations. Then the manager and engineer took me to lunch.
Interview Question – The interview was not difficult at all. They just seemed to need more engineers. Answer Question
Process Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at URS in October 2013.
Interview Details Emailed to set up an interview time. Worked well to accommodate a time interview lasted about 30 minutes. It was a normal interview process. Let me know in 2-3 weeks that they did not have a place for me.
Interview Question – Tell us what sets you apart from the other applicants. How should we remember you? Answer Question
Engineer V Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at URS in June 2013.
Interview Details Process started with an email screen from HR reaffirming minimum qualifications. A couple weeks later there was a phone screen with a supervising discipline engineer that covered basic work history and skills with no tough questions. A week or so later was an in-office interview that initially had about 5 people on the itinerary but only 3 were available at the time. These people included the department manager and a couple other discipline engineer manager types. The level of technical questioning from the section manager was higher than I expected as he went into detail about specific design applications and software. I was even questioned about which professors I had in college despite that being over 10 years ago. No behavioral questions. Everything went well. Unfortunately the position was put on hold shortly thereafter and it took another 5 months or so before it was posted again and offered the position. Being eager to take the job it seemed to require a lot of effort on my part to maintain contact with them over a long period of time in order to get in but I suppose it was worth it.
Interview Question – If you did not take a college course in this subject how are you qualified to do the work and understand what is going on? This requires a high level of proof to show your work history has sufficiently trained you in lieu of the coursework. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – The salary offer was detailed to show at what percent of the median for that title based on skills and experience coming in. They seemed resistant to a counter offer but I tried anyways and was able to get 3% more.
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