ADTRAN

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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
70 Reviews
3.5
70 Reviews
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ADTRAN Chairman, CEO, and Director Thomas R. Stanton
Thomas R. Stanton
53 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to make a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    ADTRAN is a stable engineering-driven company, and it's staffed with professional, sane, reasonable people with normal interests and families and lives. If you live in the Huntsville area you can probably appreciate that. People are exceptionally helpful and friendly, and the facilities are beautiful. Everyone gets their own office with a view. The campus is large with many beautifully manicured acres and a large lake surrounded by the two towers. Even the cafeteria serves exceptional food at very fair prices.

    The pay is average for the area--good for the South, not quite as rich as the defense contractors pay.

    Cons

    In order to attain promotions you must be driven and committed to excellence, meet deadlines, and at some level you are responsible for making yourself visible to your management. Not that being driven to excellence is a con at all, but ADTRAN is large enough that visibility can be an issue. The management doesn't focus too much on formalisms, and as such, the review process can be lacking. Feedback is hard to come by unless you interact regularly with peers and your management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the review process seriously. Continue to invest in your engineers and technical staff through on-site educational opportunities. Give specific feedback regularly, and set some clearly defined goals. You might be surprised what people can do when they're sufficiently challenged.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxing and yet Ever Busy

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    The work environment at ADTRAN is quite welcoming to everyone here, and an engineering mindset is encouraged by management, which is an advantage.

    Cons

    While a software process can sometimes seem burdensome to engineers, sometimes it is nice to have more structured code management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to be aggressive and target your focus to the untapped areas of the market then ADTRAN will continue to thrive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ADTRAN Review

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Nice facilities. Everyone has an office with a view. Great benefits. Layed back atomosphere.

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions. Tend to hire from outside instead of promoting from within. Many people are blind to the overall goals of the company. Most of engineering has little involvment with the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of people who continuously do not do their jobs effectively even after it being brought to their attention. Make sure that all employees are aware of where their products are going, details about the appliation, and who the customer is. This knowledge will help them make the best decisions possible when designing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A nice stable work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Most every employee gets offices, and the campus is very nice. Overall people treated each other very well. There is a wide variety of jobs to move to if you want to change.

    Cons

    In an interview I asked if a certain type of job was available to co-ops. They said it was. When I went down it was not a single had co-op had a job doing that skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My management was very nice and very courteous. I just wished the technologies used where more current. Overall it was good.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Growth potential and progressive goals are in line with reality.

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Stability and family views are a positive influence throughout the company.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thanks for keeping t he open door policy active and available

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Fantastic culture. Great work environment. ADTRAN knows how to continue to make money in the High Tech industry and has remained profitable through the past 25 years. Company's small size allows it to have a flat hierarchical structure. The company does not have an organization chart nor do employees have job descriptions. That forces new employees to really walk the halls and talk to peers as they get up to speed within the company. Managers don't micromanage

    Cons

    Slow to market new technologies. Salary is average to below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    ADTRAN is a different kind of network company. A place to be proud to work for.

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Fantastic culture. ADTRAN knows how to continue to make money in the High Tech industry and has remained profitable through the past 25 years. ADTRAN is known for their quality and incredible technical support. They maintain engineering and support in house with badged employees based in the US. This is a huge positive in an industry littered with hardware vendors and high tech companies that outsource everything.

    Cons

    Slow to market on newer technologies. Limited resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to strategically take a chance on an acquisition to move ADTRAN forward in Enterprise networking.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long time employees at Adtran and their approval of current senior management

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    Stable environment to work in .

    Cons

    Lower than average pay. Have to make moves yourself, company does not define a career progression path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more like Mark Smith, instead of being so arrogant.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 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

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