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Updated May 22, 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 18 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 7 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. "Great environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Dynamic company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "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.


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    "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


  6. "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.


  7. "A good company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. "Director of Sales"

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    Former Employee - Western Region Sales Director in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Western Region Sales Director in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Less service provider and more enterprise

    Advice to Management

    Deliver products timely


  9. "Material handler"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adtran in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Adtran in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good environment. Good co workers.

    Cons

    Always busy. Hard to take breaks.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    good opportunities and great experience

    Cons

    limited structure and limited direction


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Slow to adapt"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Facilities
    Better than average co-workers. More knowledgeable and competent in their work.
    Starting to rejoin the diverse engineering organizations into a single unit (better employee-manager ratios)
    Some of the dinosaurs in upper management have less people reporting to them

    Cons

    So heavily understaffed, managers are reluctant to let engineers progress in their career objectives since opening a new-hire slot is next to impossible.
    Slightly lower pay for comparable jobs in the industry/area.

    Advice to Management

    With the telecom industry changing as quickly as it is, holding back on spending and hiring will just keep the company behind the times more and more. Good employees are already voting with their feet as they walk out the door to better opportunities.

    A couple of the senior VPs really need to consider retiring to make way for people who understand what is going to need to be addressed in the next 2-3 years to make the company more successful.


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