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Updated January 19, 2018
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Pros
  • employee cooperation and work environment (in 17 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
  • Low pay, no room for advancement, low emphasis on up-to-date technology (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. "Reliable work but not much engineering advancement or salary increase"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is reliable; if you do your job, you aren't likely to lose it. The environment is generally friendly. 40 hours/week is average and more are rarely required. Vacation requests are usually easily approved. Stock grants for engineers.

    Cons

    All engineers have the same title to prevent jealousy between employees, but as a side effect, hard to determine route to advancement (as engineer) and better salary. Raises are only around 2.5-3.5%. Inter-team development is rarely synchronized or prioritized at the same levels. Little responsibility for poor decisions and yet management is hesitant to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Assign responsibility for project decisions to a single individual or two at most to avoid design delays. Hold those people responsible for their decisions; insuring poor decisions aren't duplicated and reward good decisions. Insure all teams on a project have same priorities for tasks.


  2. "Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    had a great team and learned a lot

    Cons

    not any i can think of

  3. "Contracts Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "SMT Operator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good job, not a good career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. "Finance"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    decent pay, decent benefits, good employee moral

    Cons

    terminations for no reason to hire back prior employees

  8. "Dynamic company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. "Procurement temp employee"

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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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