Advanced Drainage Systems
2.8 of 5 12 reviews
www.ads-pipe.com Hilliard, OH 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Joe Chlapaty

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Opportunity to Learn and Grow

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsThere are tons of opportunity to learn new things, step outside of your typical job function, and work with a great group of people.

ConsThere is an inner circle of influence and only people that step out and make themselves known will be considered for advancement. It is not necessarily how hard you work, but more importantly who you know, and how well you are liked.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Bad Management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Buxton, ND

I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsWork is not very hard.

ConsManagement doesn't have a clue how to treat people equal. They promote useless people while riding the hard workers and giving very little compensation.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of your pets and treat people equally.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Micromanagement by COO is Stifling New Ideas and Growth

Manufacturing (Former Employee)
Sebring, FL

I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsStable employment. Many long time employees. Good company paid benefits. Financially secure company.

ConsCOO is a micromanager that spends too much time going on witch hunts than guiding the company. He has surrounded himself with puppets that only know how to say yes at all levels of management. Sadly, great people are fleeing as a result. There can't be any improvement until he is removed from the company. Until then, nobody will make decisions or take risks to be innovative out of fear of being monday morning quarterbacked to death.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay the man whatever he wants to make him leave. The company needs to di this before it's too late. Bring back JCB, a real leader everyone is inspired by and will follow to success.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Loved the company and the people at ADS

Front Desk Receptionist (Former Employee)
Findlay, OH

I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems as a contractor for more than a year

ProsLoved the company and the people

ConsShould have the same hours for ALL employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good job with extereme pressure on sales reps.

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems

ProsExcellent benefits, good pay and industry leader

Consuncertainty about job security and opinions of management

Advice to Senior Managementreward sales reps with more money and more praise

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Micromanagement

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Baltimore, MD

I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems

ProsGreat products, great people, good industry. Good customer service. Good field support.

ConsUpper management does not communicate. Micromanagement, Little or no advancement opportunity, Expect 60 hour work week, No diversity, Insular culture, Product focused, Upper management out of touch with employees and customers

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement methods have not changed with times, management does not communicate with employees, the only way to get a raise is to submit resignation, no market analysis for new products, Upper management needs complete reorganization to respond to current market conditions.

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If you desperately need a job, try ADS.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hamilton, OH

I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems

ProsIf you need a job and all you have is a high school education, then ADS will give you a job opportunity. Especially after you just finished high school. On some major holidays they do give you the chance to spend them with your family. You will receive a steady paycheck, paid vacation, and the most important is health insurance. In todays work place, where many companies are making their employees pay for their own insurance out of their own pockets, ADS has done what they can to provide the best free health insurance for their employees. Probably THE best reason for being employed at ADS.

ConsThe downsides to working at ADS is whether you are working the line inside on the machines bagging the parts being made, loading the trucks outside in shipping, or even working in the fabrication department, is that the true hard working employee will not be thanked for his/her hard work. Management rewards the employee that will run to him over the most ridiculous of things, when the employee is clearly not doing his/her own job, which in turn slows production down. It can be called "the buddy system." If an employee takes a supervisor to go and do an activity outside of the work place, fine, there is nothing wrong with getting along with fellow employees. But when the supervisor/management starts to reward the employee for what was done outside of the work place, then that is wrong. There are many people that are not qualified for the positions that they currently hold, but have them because management sees them as a good friend rather than the poor employee/leader that they are. The employees that are most overlooked are the workers for shipping/receiving. They are the most overworked and yet underpaid employees at ADS New Miami. Through all kinds of elements thrown at them, they are what makes ADS function. If not for them it wouldn't matter how many parts the machines make, that doesn't matter if they can't get to their destination across the country. These gentle men work in rain, snow, ice, extreme heat, dusty conditions, and in a very cramped shipping yard. "The most overworked, and the most underpaid" is what you will hear from the shipping crews. When working in shipping the only true thing that you know is at what time you will start work. Your shift starts at 7 a.m. and you will not know when you will get off. When the supervisor is asked "what time do you think we will be getting off today?" the only response you will hear is "when i say you can leave." I understand that the job needs to be done, but many of us have wives and kids that need us just as much as ADS. Honesty and truthfulness is what is lacking from ADS. Management and the supervisors will not give the employees the truth that the deserve for their hard work. Instead, the employee will only get lies. When asked how to improve on a job, your thought will go unheard if the management doesn't seem to like you. Instead the poorest ideas are then chosen, costing the company valuable time and money. If you speak out, you will be lectured over it. I'm not going to say that things are "unfair", that's just childish. I am going to say that there is a right and wrong way to treat hard working, dedicated employees, and it seems that the wrong way is the most preferred choice.

Advice to Senior ManagementReally take a look at the true workers in ADS. You just might be surprised by what you will see. The moral of the employees is slowly declining, and has been for sometime now. Another thing is, when the plant manager throws his authority at the employees it is very unprofessional. To yell out at the workers because you disagree with what they have to say, thats just shoots down all moral that they have. Our opinions do not matter it seems. How can a growing company continue to grow if the hard workers' ideas are shot down?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very good experience. Fast paced and high expectations.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time for more than a year

ProsGood learning environment.
Profitable company. For that reason, able to make a decision for the long term rather than forced to make a "today" decision due to limited finances.

ConsLimited advancement opportunity for some hard-working, capable floor level employees.
Pay increases very incremental even for outstanding work.

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Great Stepping Stone

Engineering (Current Employee)

I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis company is strong and secure. They give you a lot of different experiences.

ConsNo room for advancement. Negative moral, poor management.

Advice to Senior ManagementHelp your people grow and respect the ones you have working for you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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ADS Management does not respect the intelligence of it's employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems

ProsThe company has good benefits
It does well is financially secure.
There are some really good people and many who have been at this company for many years.

ConsThe IT management in particular does not listen to the employees ideas. They hire people with experience and then only listen to the advice of consultants and 'advisers'. They have no respect whatsoever for the people in the department having any life outside of work. They continue to make a few good people do extra work because others do not do their own work or are not capable of doing a good job. They ask for feedback but never listen or act on the changes. The changes they make organizationally and otherwise are not logical or intelligent. The middle level management across most departments have little ability to make decisions and are like 'puppets' to upper management. In the past couple years many very good people across many levels of the company have decided to leave because of the way this company treats the employees and makes decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the employees ideas. When asking for feedback allow it to be anonymous.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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