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Great place to make a career

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

I have been working at ADTRAN

Pros

ADTRAN is a stable engineering-driven company, and it's staffed with professional, sane, reasonable people with normal interests and families and lives. If you live in the Huntsville area you can probably appreciate that. People are exceptionally helpful and friendly, and the facilities are beautiful. Everyone gets their own office with a view. The campus is large with many beautifully manicured acres and a large lake surrounded by the two towers. Even the cafeteria serves exceptional food at very fair prices.

The pay is average for the area--good for the South, not quite as rich as the defense contractors pay.

Cons

In order to attain promotions you must be driven and committed to excellence, meet deadlines, and at some level you are responsible for making yourself visible to your management. Not that being driven to excellence is a con at all, but ADTRAN is large enough that visibility can be an issue. The management doesn't focus too much on formalisms, and as such, the review process can be lacking. Feedback is hard to come by unless you interact regularly with peers and your management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take the review process seriously. Continue to invest in your engineers and technical staff through on-site educational opportunities. Give specific feedback regularly, and set some clearly defined goals. You might be surprised what people can do when they're sufficiently challenged.

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    Not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    ADTRAN has a nice campus and nice facilities

    Cons

    ADTRAN has changed for the worse over the last 5-7 years. Politics and finger pointing is becoming more rampant. Management has an extreme lack of focus. Moral is on the decline, with many long time employees exiting the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Mark Smith's management style and leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Relaxing and yet Ever Busy

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

    I have been working at ADTRAN

    Pros

    The work environment at ADTRAN is quite welcoming to everyone here, and an engineering mindset is encouraged by management, which is an advantage.

    Cons

    While a software process can sometimes seem burdensome to engineers, sometimes it is nice to have more structured code management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue to be aggressive and target your focus to the untapped areas of the market then ADTRAN will continue to thrive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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