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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated 14 October 2014
Updated 14 October 2014
67 Reviews
3.5
67 Reviews
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ADTRAN Chairman, CEO, and Director Thomas R. Stanton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment fosters teamwork (in 7 reviews)

  • Traditionally, they were a stable place and rather laid back (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • HUntsville locations does not offer a lot of access to Customer sites and only one telecom company essentially for at least 100 miles (in 4 reviews)

  • Can't think of any real cons, the entire experience was great and they really care about their co-ops (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    7 years and counting with a window seat.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere. Almost too laid back. Get the job done and you may never see your boss. Technically challenging. Always something new to work on. Open door policy so you can get information from just about anyone about anything.

    Cons

    Get the job done and you may never see your boss. I did list this as a pro, but it can be a negative. I've been here 7 years and talked with my manager about 10 times. Talked to my boss's boss about twice. No movement. It will take 15 years and everyone in your group to leave before you are promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move your engineers around or they will leave. Its not about the money, its about keeping the minds working. Working on different projects. The ones that know the job, promote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job but no promising future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent amount of work
    Average benefits
    Good co-workers

    Cons

    Too much micro managing
    VP makes all the decisions
    Lack of innovation and risks
    No special events for branch office e.g. Friday celebrations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the micro managing, let lower management make decisions and truly innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great in the past, losing vision now

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, reasonable benefits package, nice facilities at Huntsville campus.

    Cons

    Senior leadership does not have a central vision to share and guide the company. They are driving the company based on quarterly numbers expectations and keep pushing everyone to do more with less. This negatively impacts morale and reduces our ability to deliver to customer expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and coherently deliver a simple and consistent vision for the company's direction.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    In the beginning - fantastic. During the last few years - not so good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice place. Beautiful facility. Great food.

    Cons

    No clear direction from management. The overall direction of the company does not filter down to all groups within operations. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up performance agreements with management. Align the goals from the executive level to the front-line managers. If people do not perform, replace them. Strive for work-life balance within the teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Adtran

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Good company. Great people. Good opportunities.

    Cons

    So .. so ... so ....... boooooring.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get out as fast you as you can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    It is a job and pays the bills.

    Cons

    Not outlook fr the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wakeup and fix the company and pay attention to your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with Strong Market presence and sense. Poor vision for org growth / succession planning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company with Strong Market presence and sense. Poor vision for org growth / succession planning

    Significantly behind in process development and use of web-based business tools.

    Cons

    Significantly behind in process development and use of web-based business tools. Virtually no priority placed on synergies available by integrating employee career development with succession planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and implement plan to leverage synergies from integrating employee career development with succession planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good to start out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good to start out as an entry level employee to gain experience

    Cons

    Limitations in promotion and increase in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good workers, good money and make it worth their while to stay. Employees don't quit the job, they quit the management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, good upper management, and challenging work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Qualifications Technician in Huntsville, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Product Qualifications Technician in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company environment that is very stable and operations are great. Traditionally rather laidback and opportunistic place to work. Family oriented. Flexible work hours are a nice perk. Also, the management chain appears to be genuinely concerned about the state of their people. They work with you when life happens. Paid educational benefits. Employment benefits are excellent Company administers its own insurance operations which is a super saver on benefits. Upper management exemplify great leadership and employee turnover one of the lowest in the industry.

    Cons

    HUntsville locations does not offer a lot of access to Customer sites and only one telecom company essentially for at least 100 miles. Engineering is pretty flat so there is very little room for advancement. Compensation is a little below average, but this probably due to the fact that most engineers have been here for 10 to 20 years. This will not be the case in the future since churn has increased considerably since I left the company in 2011. Very few leave due to being unhappy with work conditions. They usually leave for better paying positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your engineers. Don't follow the current trend of micro-management in the name of Agile. Find that compensate level that make employees push product development out faster without foster compensation decline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can work for years without learning anything. I know someone here who is here for 7 years senior position and doesn't know anything

    Cons

    Low pay
    Bad Decision
    No respect for QA Engineers. no learning oppurtunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good managers, who stop micro managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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