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Advanced Drainage Systems Reviews

Updated March 10, 2017
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  1. "Average company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom in outside sales.

    Cons

    Commissions for certain products are 0.8% (!), on top of an average base salary. Structured training was non-existant when I started, but began to pick up later towards.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take brand new employees out for hard drinking as soon as they start - be professional at all times. Have training, and put out standards to meet on a quarterly basis.


  2. "Truck Driver (mileage)"

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Watertown, SD
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Watertown, SD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was pretty good. The benefits weren't bad either. Employee Stock ownership was also nice. Usually home each night was the best part of working here.

    Cons

    Truck and trailer maintenance was terrible. You practically have to beg to get something fixed. They say they will fix anything safety related immediately but it will put you the driver at a big inconvenience because you will still have to get your assigned loads done no matter what if you take the time to get your problems repaired. Dispatcher doesn't have a clue about truck repair and is the one in charge of maintenance on the trucks. Sometimes you don't make it home every night and the trucks don't have APU's or refrigerators. When I was assigned my truck it hadn't even been cleaned out at all and the mattress was filthy and they didn't care and won't get the trucks detailed. You get laid off in the winter for a couple months.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a person to be in charge of truck maintenance. That is not a good job for a dispatcher.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No longer employee friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bessemer City, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bessemer City, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a few good people left but for the most part the good ones have been smart enough to leave

    Cons

    Was a great company to work for until they became a public company. No longer care about morale or the fact that employees have families. Newly hired management are not good leaders. The old ADS was so great! Now I wouldn't recommend anyone to work there. They work you so many hours. They don't want to hire in the appropriate amount of people. When they do hire it is because they have so much turnover and have to breakdown and hire in order to keep producing, but it's minimal people to get the job done. They put more and more work on you and don't want to pay any additional compensation. They treat everyone, even those who have been with the company several years as if they don't matter and are replaceable at the drop of a hat. Forget about taking time off for a dr appointment, that's something you need to be able to schedule on your own time and is not an acceptable reason to miss work, even if it's scheduled ahead of time.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the regional managers and plant managers can really hurt the employees mentality


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Too much of a clique, will not help you learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, not the greatest

    Cons

    You are expected to be trained by people that have been there for decades who would rather show off then help you

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees learning.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    At Ads there is plenty opportunity in management to move to the many different positions offered in management, the people are great, and the benefits are good as well

    Cons

    Working in the plant asks for a lot of long hours on the job week to week, the company culture isn't the best, and the plants not put in the best position to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Support plant employees more. Also help to bridge the gap between what corporate wants and what actually happens in the plants.


  7. "ADS"

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

    I have been working at Advanced Drainage Systems full-time

    Pros

    The employees and management at Corporate care about the Company.

    Cons

    ADS is growing an in need of additional staffing in a few areas.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Machine Operator"

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    Former Employee - Downstream Technician in Warner Robins, GA
    Former Employee - Downstream Technician in Warner Robins, GA

    I worked at Advanced Drainage Systems (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of overtime on different shifts

    Cons

    I worked 330 days last year


  9. "Accounting Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilliard, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilliard, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Multiple challenges. Good variety of work.

    Cons

    Tone at the top is a problem


  10. "Great company that needs some more forward thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great middle management, fast pace environment, driven team

    Cons

    Corporate can feel disconnected from the field

    Advice to Management

    Needs to work on more progressive thinking


  11. "Bad management"

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work because ADS doesn't hire enough people. Pay is okay and benefits are about average.

    Cons

    You will be overworked. Company forces you to work on days off and will make you work 7 days a week. You will get wrote up for calling off sick when you get burned out and need time off. I know several people here that have experienced hazing by supervisors on the line and in the fab department. Workers fear retribution from arrogant managers for speaking up. Safety concerns are ignored and have lead to serious accidents and injuries. Injuries and accidents are then covered up and not reported to protect managers and supervisors. Ads is cutting corners on quality, bad pipe goes out the door to customer. Our scrap pile is huge from bad runs and returns. Managers will hide bad pipe when Joe C tours plant and yard. Company treats workers like idiots. Expect to be talked down to and be treated like a servant.

    Advice to Management

    ADS claims to be an engaged employer on Glassdoor, but in reality they could care less about your safety and well being. ADS is a good example of a bad culture. Company needs to treat employees much better. Joe C and Tom F need to get involved before workers seek union representation.



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