ADTRAN Reviews

Updated 16 August 2014
Updated 16 August 2014
61 Reviews

3.8
61 Reviews
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ADTRAN Chairman, CEO, and Director Thomas R. Stanton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment fosters teamwork (in 6 reviews)

  • Traditionally, they were a stable place and rather laid back (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • HUntsville locations does not offer a lot of access to Customer sites and only one telecom company essentially for at least 100 miles (in 4 reviews)

  • Can't think of any real cons, the entire experience was great and they really care about their co-ops (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company with Strong Market presence and sense. Poor vision for org growth / succession planning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Biz Dev Manager in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company with Strong Market presence and sense. Poor vision for org growth / succession planning

    Significantly behind in process development and use of web-based business tools.

    Cons

    Significantly behind in process development and use of web-based business tools. Virtually no priority placed on synergies available by integrating employee career development with succession planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop and implement plan to leverage synergies from integrating employee career development with succession planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, good upper management, and challenging work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Qualifications Technician  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Product Qualifications Technician in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company environment that is very stable and operations are great. Traditionally rather laidback and opportunistic place to work. Family oriented. Flexible work hours are a nice perk. Also, the management chain appears to be genuinely concerned about the state of their people. They work with you when life happens. Paid educational benefits. Employment benefits are excellent Company administers its own insurance operations which is a super saver on benefits. Upper management exemplify great leadership and employee turnover one of the lowest in the industry.

    Cons

    HUntsville locations does not offer a lot of access to Customer sites and only one telecom company essentially for at least 100 miles. Engineering is pretty flat so there is very little room for advancement. Compensation is a little below average, but this probably due to the fact that most engineers have been here for 10 to 20 years. This will not be the case in the future since churn has increased considerably since I left the company in 2011. Very few leave due to being unhappy with work conditions. They usually leave for better paying positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your engineers. Don't follow the current trend of micro-management in the name of Agile. Find that compensate level that make employees push product development out faster without foster compensation decline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    QA Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can work for years without learning anything. I know someone here who is here for 7 years senior position and doesn't know anything

    Cons

    Low pay
    Bad Decision
    No respect for QA Engineers. no learning oppurtunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire good managers, who stop micro managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good to start out

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good to start out as an entry level employee to gain experience

    Cons

    Limitations in promotion and increase in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay good workers, good money and make it worth their while to stay. Employees don't quit the job, they quit the management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, great manager, and challenging work to keep you interested.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours are a nice perk. Also, my management chain appears to be genuinely concerned about the state of their people. They work with you when life happens.

    Cons

    Engineering is pretty flat so there is very little room for advancement. Compensation is a little below average, but this probably due to the fact that most engineers have been here for 10 to 20 years. This will not be the case in the future since churn has increased considerably since I started. Very few leave due to being unhappy with work conditions. They usually leave for better paying positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your engineers. Don't follow the current trend of micro-management in the name of Agile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Conservative and friendly company with a solid set of products and a flexible working environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ADTRAN full-time

    Pros

    Decent compensation package, and plenty of "doers" that make things happen. The hardware engineering team produces quality products at competitive price points.

    Cons

    The Enterprise division is micro-managed to the point that director-level employees don't have the authority to make decisions and spend capital to invest in the future of the company. Although products tend to perform well, the company is generally not innovative and tends to implement features only after they've been proven in the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your senior employees more decision making authority, but don't be afraid to shake things up if they're not performing or are incapable of making (good) decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I love my job! Great oportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Repair Operator  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Repair Operator in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome place to co-op

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op Engineer  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Co-Op Engineer in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The big draw to adtran is the laid back work environment and the benefits. Co-ops can receive housing if they live out of state and minor tuition assistance; however, I hear the full time benefits are some of the best in the business.

    Cons

    While the benefits are amazing, the compensation isn't the best. When working at Adtran you sacrifice pay for the work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good company, product set a bit dated.

    Cons

    Lack of vision and ability to develop to a vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase speed you bring out new product

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Adtran is a wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Huntsville, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL (US)

    I have been working at ADTRAN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Adtran has a great environment to work in. Each engineer has their own office. Each group has their own lab for testings and development. The Agile work process makes it easy for everyone to understand what everyone is working on. Each building has its own cafeteria. You have the opportunity to work on many different aspects of each product (web, hardware, driver, database, or architecture)

    Cons

    If you are looking for an upward career path in management this is not the place. This is a very flat organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at more incentives to employees like bonuses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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