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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated February 21, 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 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. "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Slow to adapt"

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    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.


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - N/A in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    Work wise good. Can get good experience in networking products. Good colleagues.

    Cons

    Hike are very low sometimes nothing. No major benefits. Not suggestable to work for more years... Not employee friendly...

    Advice to Management

    Should be transparent.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Close-minded, conservative and outdated"

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

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits, job-security if you don't care about advancing your career. Easy to fly under the radar. The gym is cheap and the cafes are decent.

    Cons

    - Employees are underpaid, especially for women and minorities.
    - All priority is given to expense reduction.
    - No flexibility to work from home. This was especially ironic when we were told to participate in a Skype pilot.
    - Management didn't understand my position or the platform that I supported.
    - Outdated view of company vision being applied even though they are attempting to transition to a software company.
    - Use of buzzwords to compensate for lack of understanding of current technology landscape.
    - Management is more concerned that you are in your office, rather than whether you are actually contributing to the business. Ie, babysitters.
    - Projects are set-up for failure due to lack of trust in SMEs, too many meetings to make simple decisions, and lack of talent due to frustration and leaving company.
    - Management doesn't take into account soft cost when it comes to making a vendor decision, only the bottom line.
    - No motivation after being told no so many times.

    Advice to Management

    - Understand and maximize the capabilities of existing tools.
    - Evaluate total cost when making vendor decisions.
    - Invest in the resources necessary to maintain tools and platforms.
    - Allow employees to work from home.
    - Pay people what they are worth, make them feel like they matter and that they are making a contribution.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Fiber Story, Ancient Enterprise Networking Story"

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    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Channel Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    hit your number, stay under the radar and have a job forever

    Cons

    low pay, outdated enterprise networking gear (10 years old!), strict pecking order culture, even star performers have no where to go.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sales Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Great culture - when you're at corporate

    Cons

    No room for growth
    Very little communication
    Top level management is only concerned about managing stock price
    Frugal to a fault
    Company doesnt backfill when people leave, they just distribute the workload and make every one work harder
    Very little attention for remote employees

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the stock price and start worrying about your human assets. You can only ride people so long before they give up. No one likes being kept in the dark.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked, underpaid, and not sure why"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are friendly. Carrier products are at par with industry

    Cons

    No career growth whatsoever. Some unhealthy politics, zero direction or positive motivation from executive management.

    Advice to Management

    Nobody is truly happy here. Only seem to hear from the CEO when someone dies.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "This company is a has been"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their salaries are competitive. That's a Pro. No other ones.

    Cons

    Outdated, non-competitive products, no direction, no vision, The company stumbles, unable to find its way. Politics, politics and more politics. Extremely poor communication from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Look around, the world of technology is passing you by...


  10. "The past is key to future success"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at ADTRAN as a contractor

    Pros

    Low key environment. Friendly people for the most part. Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    There is not a bright outlook for employees or Adtran as a whole company. Adtran does not give you the tools to do an exception job at low cost. Adtran disposes of people with an out with the old and in with the new for a lot less pay and double the work approach. There is turnover here with no incentive to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Adtran needs a good retirement package. Upper management in the past has a proven track record of a successful company with stocks soaring. Suggest maybe looking into the past on management skills for a brighter future. Look where you are now! As a past employee the stock I purchased is now worthless.


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