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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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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. "Director of Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.

  3. 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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Slow to adapt"

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    • 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.


  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 (1)

    "For new engineers mainly"

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    Current Employee - Peon in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Peon in Huntsville, AL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career. Lots of opportunity for learning. Mostly a lax atmosphere if you don't work for production.

    Cons

    The company is changing into a software driven company. The raises are really nothing to brag about. Opportunity for advancement is almost non-existent. They seem to be afraid to pay what people deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees. They combined with you make this company work. Losing long term employees to better employment is not the way to stay in business.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The people make ADTRAN great!"

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

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

    Pros

    I really enjoy the people I work with and the management team. All seem to care about the customers and the ADTRAN brand. All work hard, equally, to ensure that we produce the best solutions and provide the best services for our customers. Makes me proud to work for ADTRAN.

    Cons

    Management team is fiscally responsible to our shareholders. We run lean always, because who enjoys a layoff? Down side to this is that there is little movement and little room for growth and development. You are needed right where you are.

    Advice to Management

    We have the best and most dedicated engineers in the industry. Give us more training and the flexibility to work on different products each year.

  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. 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.


  10. "good place to get networking experience"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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