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ADTRAN Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • awesome work environment, amazing mentors, friendly people all around (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 6 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. "A great company to work for that cares about its employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment fosters teamwork.
    Beautiful campus that creates a refreshing work environment.
    Employees are smart, hard working and helpful.

    Cons

    Communication can sometimes be difficult between departments.
    Forcing hardware and software teams onto the same timelines and expectations can cause issues.


  2. "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Test Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products. Facilities are top notch. Most people get their own office. On-site gym and cafeteria. They provide plenty of class lectures through-out the year from weight loss to skill training.

    Cons

    Yearly increases were low which caused a high turn over rate in my department. However, this was during the economy crisis in 2008-2010.


  3. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    Facility , Company Values , Smart People

    Cons

    Some work can become monotonous.


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  5. "I love my job! Great oportunities."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Repair Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Repair Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People hold the door open for you, they are like family.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say about this company.


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful and hard working people

    Cons

    There are no real cons

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees


  7. "Coop policy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Intern in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They treat coops very well, a very good start for anyone's career. According to Adtran's shuttle driver, over 50% coop and intern students return to Adtran after graduation.

    Cons

    I merely worked at Adtran for one summer semester and really does not feel uncomfortable at all. Thus I have no cons to share, folks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Adtran is very good for all interns and coops. Even the shuttle driver told me that more than 50% coops students return to Adtran.


  8. "Amazing Place to Work"

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


  9. "good place to get networking experience"

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


  10. "Great place to work"

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


  11. "Director of Sales"

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


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