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Advanced Drainage Systems Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, not a high stress workplace, overtime if you want (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay from the very begging, good benefits as soon as you are hired, good people to work with there (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited advancement opportunity for some hard-working, capable floor level employees (in 3 reviews)

  • Safety concerns are ignored and have lead to serious accidents and injuries (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering Services Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people, not a high stress workplace, overtime if you want

    Cons

    Communication is the biggest con.


  2. "Maintenance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance in New Miami, OH
    Current Employee - Maintenance in New Miami, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security is great there. Never stopping work

    Cons

    Way to much b.s. to deal with. The raises suck

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees a little more

  3. "Not good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a paycheck and a job. That's about it.

    Cons

    Managers, supervisors, safety, politics and quality.


  4. "More concerned with youth than experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I get a paycheck and an ESOP check.

    Cons

    This company lacks ethics. They claim to be "Right Sizing" by getting rid of tenured, valuable employees and yet they can afford to hire all kinds of new management positions. Makes no sense. Also, they keep mentioning how the "older" reps will find changes difficult, while the "Younger Talent" will readily adopt the changes they are implementing. This is discriminatory in its purest form. They are getting rid of older employees, replacing them with younger, more inexperienced employees. And the Findlay office is becoming a ghost town as positions vacated there are replaced in Hilliard. Again, they are not taking advantage of lower taxes, lower cost of living, etc. They should be saving money by keeping the Findlay office as full as it can get! Instead they are spending a ton of money to add space in another building across the highway! Be very careful if you decide to work here. Keep that resume handy and updated!

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at yourself every morning and ask yourself, "would I want my company to do this to ME?" If the answer is no, then you know what you need to do.


  5. "Going Downhill and FAST... find another employer"

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    Current Employee - Corporate in Hilliard, OH
    Current Employee - Corporate in Hilliard, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    they give you a paycheck

    Cons

    management is terrible; HR is a joke; getting rid of tenured associates, be careful if you are over 40 here. Culture used to be amazing and now they are more worried about covering themselves and working hard to not work and pass the blame

    Advice to Management

    Time to get back to basics and stop hiring unqualified people into leadership positions to save money.


  6. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sounds like they are getting a new CEO.

    Cons

    since going public, they have lost their vision and direction. No growth for years and current climate is to layoff people to make quarterly numbers.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be significant turnover at the top, not the bottom. Current management is fine for private company, but not competent for public company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nice, but Tough"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Hilliard, OH
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Hilliard, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    People, amount of work, growth of company

    Cons

    Work/life balance, hours, salaries, planning, IT growth

    Advice to Management

    Fix problems in existing processes and departments before you move on to new things - period.

  8. "Pretty decent job"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bessemer City, NC
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Bessemer City, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's all pretty simple to do and most jobs are relatively easy to learn

    Cons

    Only bad thing is when you don't know how to do something and your line operator leaves you're pretty much screwed


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Yard Loader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swedesboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swedesboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relax Job, nobody on your back, workers are fun to be around

    Cons

    little pay to start, will be a helper for a while before you get trained to use forklifts


  10. "Alright job"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Clarion, PA
    Current Employee - Operator in Clarion, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is easy for the most part, benefits are alright

    Cons

    Long hours, management causes lots of drama, management plays favorites, no advancement unless you kiss there butt, management doesn't get along with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the petty drama!


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