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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. Helpful (1)

    "Change Is Here with Good Pay"

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    • 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. "Adtran Customer Service"

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    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.

  3. "Graduate Student Researcher"

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    Former Freelancer - Graduate Student Researcher in Huntsville, AL
    Former Freelancer - Graduate Student Researcher in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends

    I worked at ADTRAN (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone was very nice and accommodating. The facilities are really nice as well.

    Cons

    Everyone seemed to be an engineer. As long as you can communicate and aren't intimidated by engineers, you should be fine.


  4. "A good company to work for"

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    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.


  5. "Software Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Huntsville, AL
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Co-Op in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - great great great company culture
    - awesome work environment, amazing mentors, friendly people all around.
    - very fair compensation
    - unbelievable amount of learning even if you have no intention of doing networking

    Cons

    - if you are in Product qualification as a software person, you won't enjoy it. but that's typically your first term
    - you might not get the department you want each semester due to Co-op draft


  6. "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


  7. "Sales Solutions Engineer Co-op"

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    Current Intern - Sales Solutions Engineer Co-op in Huntsville, AL
    Current Intern - Sales Solutions Engineer Co-op in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ADTRAN as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with. Lots of projects to be completed. Always busy! A good look into the technical side of ADTRANs products while also seeing the business side. More of a customer-facing role including demoing new products for customers.

    Cons

    My mentor goes out of town and when he is gone I'm very bored. But when he comes back we jump right into working on something else.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of! I've always been treated well in this department. Everyone is very helpful towards you and wants to give you as much of their knowledge as possible.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Knowledgeable, friendly, and hardworking. Good communciation between coworkers and a good open door policy.

    Cons

    Work Sometimes can be repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Create more flexibility and room to grow


  9. "good place to get networking experience"

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    Former Employee - Design Verification Test (DVT) Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Design Verification Test (DVT) Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice open door policy, easy to communicate with co-workers.

    Cons

    Not sure I'd want to spend my whole career there. The work can get tedious and repetitive

    Advice to Management

    have more specific long term goals


  10. "Amazing Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On the forefront of telecommunications advancements, shaping and supporting the face of the Industry. Incredibly sharp and often brilliant developers. Beautiful facility, challenging and meaningful work with many chances to directly interface and support end users! Awesome benefits, and wonderful people.

    Tons of room for advancement! Adtran is one of the few companies I know that not only pays for you to go back to school to further your degree, but will also immediately promote you once you achieve that degree. There is a plethora of opportunity for advancement, but it is on you. If you hire in with a BS, go back to school to get your Masters (and Adtran pays for school!), and you get immediately promoted to a Masters, or even PhD. Hire in to Manufacturing with an AS? Go back to school, get your BS, and Engineering awaits. I’ve even known people to hire into Engineering, get a degree in a different field such as Business or Sales, and get promoted to that position.

    Product development comes in cycles, and each time a new product emerges, there are tons of opportunities for anyone to take a leadership role in that development. Every couple of quarters, the product and challenges change or expand thus keeping the challenge fresh and interesting.

    Further, over time, I’ve personally seen many employees get promoted into managerial positions. But let’s be real about something, there are only X amount of managerial positions, and Managers tend to keep their jobs. No company can promote every employee to Management. Not possible. But ANY employee can further their education, at Adtran’s expense, and immediately be promoted based on their achievements. And this doesn’t apply to just scholastic degrees! Adtran also pays for and encourages application specific training and certification (CCNA, etc) and rewards you for that.

    Cons

    Product management tends to have their heads in the clouds making promises to customers that aren't realistic.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the Product Management organization. Put some experienced Engineers into those positions, and have, at the least, Quarterly meetings with Engineering Managers – the Managers directly working on the products and know product potential and limitations. And really take a look at what ODM products are giving us. ODMs are often acquired cheaply, but bring with them a plethora of problems, and often perform cheaply thus cheapening the company reputation. Keep Adtran products at the superior level of quality and performance Adtran is known for.


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