ADTRAN Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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ADTRAN Chairman, CEO, and Director Thomas R. Stanton
Thomas R. Stanton
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Pros
  • Work environment fosters teamwork (in 7 reviews)

  • The big draw to adtran is the laid back work environment and the benefits (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)

  • Hire Co-ops to prevent less hiring full time(thereby pay nothing as compared to full-time) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Sales Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people Great culture - when you're at corporate

    Cons

    No room for growth Very little communication Top level management is only concerned about managing stock price Frugal to a fault Company doesnt backfill when people leave, they just distribute the workload and make every one work harder Very little attention for remote employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the stock price and start worrying about your human assets. You can only ride people so long before they give up. No one likes being kept in the dark.


  2. Overworked, underpaid, and not sure why

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly. Carrier products are at par with industry

    Cons

    No career growth whatsoever. Some unhealthy politics, zero direction or positive motivation from executive management.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody is truly happy here. Only seem to hear from the CEO when someone dies.


  3. Helpful (1)

    This company is a has been

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at ADTRAN

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

    Pros

    Their salaries are competitive. That's a Pro. No other ones.

    Cons

    Outdated, non-competitive products, no direction, no vision, The company stumbles, unable to find its way. Politics, politics and more politics. Extremely poor communication from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Look around, the world of technology is passing you by...


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  5. Exciting at first but company follow through and future opportunities were a big dissappointment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers and facilities Good cafeteria

    Cons

    Heavily understaffed and poor compensation compaired to rest of companies in the area Lack of career path and advancement unless you join the ever growing group of first level management Company tends to value reacting instead of strategic plnning. This may be due to managers becoming more insular and territorial over the years. Heavy turnover in talent in the last 2-1/2 years

    Advice to Management

    Visit more often with the design and test engineers. Until you regain the lost trust of your creative talent, you will never truely understand the reasons for the increased turnover. And giving a presentation once a year where your first words are your name and title, since many new hires have never even seen you before, does not constitute a valid or sincere visit.


  6. Adtran is very good ol boy network and ultrconservative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tyouuoo in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Tyouuoo in Huntsville, AL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit package, loose work schedule is a plus I guess

    Cons

    Clicks are in every department, knowledge is not shared. Ultraconservatives. Process goes to this company to DIE.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Company does not foster a culture that is anywhere close to excellence.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You live in Huntsville and it is the only large Telco vendor

    Cons

    If you are working in remote office, you might as well look for a new job

    Advice to Management

    Adopt modern management techniques and there is a world outside of Huntsville


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not the company it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Channel Marketing in Huntsville, AL

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities, some good perks if you are in the Huntsville office (on-site gym and nurse). Traditionally, they were a stable place and rather laid back.

    Cons

    There is no clear direction coming from management and the only thing that seems to matter is the Wall St bottom line. Everyone is overworked and being tasked to do more with less. Morale is pretty shot.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a clear vision to take the company forward. Invest in your people, new technology, new ideas to turn the company around.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Inconsistant Management Team

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Clean buildings and very laid back company.

    Cons

    Management and HR are inconsistant with the company policy. The policy is what ever they want it to be at any given time and with any given employee. The maufacturing management team will not stand up for you,or at least not some. Management both manufacturing and HR are not very professional, but yet they tell you that you need to be. Management talks bad about other comnpanies and they have not worked anywhere but ADTRAN, so how do they know. Not professional in my opinion. Some managers hide information from the employees because they do nopt want the employees to use the program.

    Advice to Management

    All managers should have the same policy. You work for the same company. Stop hideing information from the employees. Be honest with your employees. They help the company make money.


  10. "Good place to work if you enjoy the job you're doing"

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The general environment is very positive and the work is rewarding. The campus is beautiful, and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is no path for advancement and the salary is not competitive. Last year's raises were lousy despite stellar company performance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    The company lacks strategic direction and does not adequately reward longevity or hard work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Enterprise Field Sales
    Current Employee - Enterprise Field Sales

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The schedule is flexible and there is a lot of available vacation and sick leave. The benefit package is reasonable for the current market but not excellent. They recently put a fitness center in the corporate HQ office which is fantastic. The office facilities are excellent. Most of the people here are great.

    Cons

    There is not a clearly defined or articulated strategic direction coming from senior management to the company. It feels that we are living "quarter to quarter" in order to satisfy Wall Street instead of trying to meet quantifiable 1-, 3-, 5- and 10- year objectives. The compensation packages do not match work performed or equivalent positions in the market. Staff resources are not allocated adequately in any departments, requiring everyone to do at least double the normal or reasonable load and even pick up work that other groups should be handling. We are stretched thin and everyone is constantly working at a high pace and at a high anxiety level.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and communicate a strategy and direction for the company. Invest in staff resources to support those objectives. Reward your staff with compensation, promotions, etc.



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