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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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ADTRAN Chairman, CEO, and Director Thomas R. Stanton
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Pros
  • awesome work environment, amazing mentors, friendly people all around (in 19 reviews)

  • You have a lot chance to learn new cutting-edge technology and actually do a lot of work; Work-life balance is good too; Manager is really nice (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Stress, Sometimes Hard to find a work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Absolutely zero career progression no matter how good you are (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Change Is Here with Good Pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ADTRAN is no longer "set in its ways" as many reviewers have described the culture. There has been a shift in thinking by management. Collaborative spaces are now becoming a reality, business is up by 14% YTD and stock is up, and most importantly the dynamic of ADTRAN is changing. New, young, diversified talent with fresh ideas are transforming the ADTRAN culture. This review is coming from a 23 year old who has been working here for over two years now. I've seen the drastic change in these past two years and change will continue.

    Cons

    Not a con but you people need to read this: As a woman, you get paid the same as a man so don't listen to the other reviewers. Pay is good. It has been significantly raised (approx 60,000) to compete with the other companies in Research Park in Huntsville, AL. As a new hire, it includes a large bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the employees of ADTRAN: To those complaining about "not moving up", ever think it might be a problem with yourself? Communication skills are valued over technical skills at ADTRAN. Great, you can code. But can you interface with a customer in a business perspective, too? No? Then develop those skills. Take classes. That's what I've done and I've already gained recognition for it. In other words, people notice me. Having an engineering degree isn't everything. Get an MBA (that is paid for by ADTRAN btw) and you're unstoppable. Business mind + Engineering mind = $Lots of money$. That combination is deadly here and everywhere else. Take this advice from a passionate employee who wants the best for ADTRAN and it's employees.


  2. "Contracts Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts Consultant in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Contracts Consultant in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN (More than a year)

    Pros

    employee cooperation and work environment

    Cons

    Very few downsides except maybe overall Company was too bureaucratic when I worked there.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "SMT Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits: good health insurance, dental, and vision. Get raises twice a year but not much. Tuition reimbursement is great. The manufacturing floor and restrooms are awesome. The in house gym and restaurant are also great.

    Cons

    Need to pay manufacturing floor employees better. Management should communicate more to their teams. Need more options for employees discount.

    Advice to Management

    Please, provide opportunity to potential employees to be cross trained, and opportunity to join management.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good job, not a good career"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good campus environment, fairly good benefits, and generally great co-workers.

    Cons

    All company functions are run by engineers. Culture is difficult to define. Change is difficult to promote. There has not been growth and with it new opportunities in a long time.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Great medical coverage through BCBS of Alabama
    Huntsville has a very low cost of living compared to other high tech sites.
    Great place if you like to innovate given their Hack-A-Thons and Innovation & Ivention weeks.
    Nice campus
    Good price on meals on campus

    Cons

    Below market salary for the given area.


  6. "Dynamic company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, get the job done mentality is pervasive. Good benefits, strong financials, solid company.

    Cons

    Lack of structure and process can make it a challenge for some.


  7. "Procurement temp employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I actually enjoyed the work I was doing but that was independent of the company or my supervisors.

    Cons

    They are very cheap. You have to jump through hoops to even get paper or pens. They often hire temporary control employees rather than salaried employees so they don't have to pay benefits. They think they're clever in doing so but everyone is aware of their MO which creates a poor morale. There were several employees that were promised to be made salaried and that were just strung along. There is just the sense that your expendable so management that is their hold onto their jobs for dear life and often treat employees with an almost suspicious behavior because they're afraid to lose their jobs. When I first started, some employees warned me to be careful that other employees might feed you false information to make you look bad. It was one of the most bizarre place I've ever worked. The bureaucracy is like nothing I've ever dealt with as well and often hindered productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Make middle-management do their jobs. There's deathly a disconnect between the officers and employees. It always seem like the managers were just always trying to puff themselves up and will take credit for anything to do so. And just because the person has been there for ages doesn't mean that they're doing the job properly. Don't be afraid of change.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, but will always be what it is"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Decent tech in carrier spaces. Enterprise is weak by today's standards. If the sector goes weak, it's a decent place to park for employment.

    Cons

    Upper mgt is not dynamic nor very motivating. Absolutely zero career progression no matter how good you are. Good people sit for 10 years or more waiting for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    None. This company is what it is, it won't change


  9. "Adtran Customer Service"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work, great people. Once hired, good benefits and decent pay.

    Cons

    Hired through manpower, company on hiring freeze for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Do not keep people working for manpower for so long, they do not give benefits.


  10. "A good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A friendly working environment and very good team work orientation. fair salary. flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Young talent turned out rate is high.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give the young engineers more opportunities.


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