ADTRAN Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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ADTRAN Chairman, CEO, and Director 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. To Happy Times

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Company; Great benefits, Very friendly environment, Great place to work and learn.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company seems to be going through hard times..


  2. Was a pleasure

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Enjoyed my time at Adtran. Lots of great people there and the engineers I worked with we 're top notch.

    Cons

    Little oppurtunity for advancement outside of putting in decades with the company


  3. Summer Product Tester in 2010

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    Former Employee - Summer Product Tester in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Summer Product Tester in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great hours (4/10's with possible OT), beautiful campus, friendly and helpful managers, great food in the cafeteria, monthly birthday parties for employees (one day of each month employees born in that particular month got excused from work to go to a 30min "party" with the CEO and have cake).

    Cons

    very dated computers and programs (it was 2010 and we were using Windows 95)

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully by 2015, they have updated the OS, but if they haven't: Spend a little money on updating employee computers on the testing floor. Yes, Windows 95 may still work for logging in hours and running product tests, but come on. . . an update would make those tests run a lot faster & would save the company money & time.


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  5. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities, the main campus has a café, gym, and the grounds are well kept. Very good culture where the co-workers are friendly and the managers are laid back towards the ones working for them. Very successful company that has been profitable since its start in 1985.

    Cons

    Not a lot of chances for moving up into a higher paying position. The raises for the last 5-6 years have been subpar.


  6. design verification engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    very nice facilities, onsite gym, cafeteria

    Cons

    hard to get outside training


  7. 7 years and counting with a window seat.

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Adtran

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Qualifications Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Product Qualifications Technician in Huntsville, AL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great people, great manager, and challenging work to keep you interested.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours are a nice perk. Also, my management chain appears to be genuinely concerned about the state of their people. They work with you when life happens.

    Cons

    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 started. Very few leave due to being unhappy with work conditions. They usually leave for better paying positions.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your engineers. Don't follow the current trend of micro-management in the name of Agile.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Conservative and friendly company with a solid set of products and a flexible working environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation package, and plenty of "doers" that make things happen. The hardware engineering team produces quality products at competitive price points.

    Cons

    The Enterprise division is micro-managed to the point that director-level employees don't have the authority to make decisions and spend capital to invest in the future of the company. Although products tend to perform well, the company is generally not innovative and tends to implement features only after they've been proven in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Give your senior employees more decision making authority, but don't be afraid to shake things up if they're not performing or are incapable of making (good) decisions.



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