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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
71 Reviews
3.4
71 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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  1.  

    design verification engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    very nice facilities, onsite gym, cafeteria

    Cons

    hard to get outside training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Reliable company with nice facilities, and some really good people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Comfortable environment, flexible time (for the most part), open work environment.

    Cons

    No clear corporate direction, no outside training, little potential for promotion, mediocre compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very stable place. People are very friendly. Nice place to work.

    Cons

    Not replacing people, just adding responsibilities to another person upon another persons departure. I watched as one manager took on 3 position that were never replaced. They dont do alot of capital improvement. Will band aide things forever instead of fixing the root cause which in the long term cost more money. So much profit margin 60% that they dont notice the small costs that add up..More interested in stockholder return that employees having updated equipment to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your equipment instead of band aide approach. Invest in new equipment instead of nursing 25 yr old machines and obselete equipment to make your employees work easier to perform. Close the facility down during snow events instead of saying use your best judgement about coming in when every other employer closes due to extreme weather. Your people are your capital, dont risk their lives when it doesnt make sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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
  7.  

    Great in the past, losing vision now

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    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Sales/Marketing in Huntsville, AL

    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
  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.  

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

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Huntsville, AL

    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
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Huntsville, AL

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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)

    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

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