At ADS INC, 91 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 187 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.19. It was published on Jul 28, 2017. 5877 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
This is a fun place to work.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.

What They Do

We asked ADS INC to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

ADS is the world's leading provider of operational equipment and procurement solutions for the US military, federal agencies, and first responders.  We exist so those who protect and defend our freedoms are the safest, smartest, fastest and best equipped.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Other
US Headquarters: Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23452 US Sites: 3
US Employees: 363 US Revenues: $1,500 million
Worldwide Revenues: $1,500 million Employees Worldwide: 363
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1997

ADS at the Warrior Week 5K

Perks and Programs

We asked ADS INC to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Values Awards: Every six months we recognize six employees who each represent one of our six values. Nominees are submitted by employees and senior leadership chooses the winners. Midyear 2017 we had 80 people nominated!! We were so excited to see such a high level of competition because it shows not only that we have so many amazing people, but that we are a culture that actively works to recognize one another. Winners gets their names on a plaque in the lobby and a big trophy to keep on their desk for 6 months.
  • Red Tickets: September is our busiest, craziest month. While our sales team is booking orders, our support team is catching all of the back-end. In order to celebrate our awesome support team, sales managers are provided red tickets to give out to support team members to recognize their hard work. Every Thursday during September, we gather in the lobby and draw 5-10 tickets. Winners get prizes that range from gift cards to days off to a chance at our annual Club Trip.
  • Super Awesome Parking: This is ADS's answer to "Employee of the Month" parking. Each month, two people get use of a special spot at the door to the building. At the end of the month, the spots get "paid forward" to another employee who is selected by the prior winner. Total peer-recognition!
  • Mission Give-Back: ADS supports multiple non-profit partners with our Mission Give-Back program. Employees and their families are invited to participate in activities throughout the year. Some events include: Habitat for Humanity Build Days, 5K Runs, Army 10-Miler, Marine Corps Marathon, USO Welcome Center, Tickets for Troops games, Holiday support for Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • Spark Talks: Lighting the Fire to INSPIRE! 5-10 a year ADS hosts a guest speaker in our own version of the TED Talks. Everyone is invited to attend these inspirational events that occur during work hours. Past speakers have included professional athletes, Generals, CEOs, and internal managers with topics spanning a wide spectrum of topics all intended to inspire and motivate growth beyond your day job.
  • Warrior Expo: Twice a year ADS invites thousands of customers and partner suppliers to participate in two massive ADS-hosted Trade Shows, one in San Diego and one in Virginia Beach. The whole company gets involved, from setup, to check-in, to onsite training and social time with our customers and partners.
  • Values Focus Groups: In an effort to constantly focus on a Culture of Excellence, every year we host a series of discussion groups to pulse employees, gather feedback, and make sure everyone is rowing in the same direction. Small group facilitated discussion topics have included "Living our Values", "Improving Accountability", "What's Our Purpose", and "Operational Efficiency". All departments and all levels are included.
  • Warehouse Cookout: This annual party brings together the whole company at our warehouses. We close for the afternoon to enjoy a cookout (this year we hosted & paid for food trucks), beer, lawn games including a life-size Hungry Hungry Hippo game, and a Dunk Tank. Employees make donations to Mission Give-Back in order to collect chances to dunk the manager of their choice!
  • Team Outings: Each manager is given an annual budget for team-building activities and free reign on how and when to use it. Among recent outings: skydiving, citywide scavenger hunts, winery tours, amusement parks, beach parties, escape rooms, and zip-lining.
  • Club Trip: Every February we take sales reps and managers who have hit their number on an all-expense-paid 4-day trip to a tropical location.


50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 4% of salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Full Time, Employee-Only Coverage)
30% Company-paid health coverage for dependents
Memorial Day Postcard for Our Troops


23 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment
23 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
50 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
5 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)5 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative

Community and Environmental Impact

Yes Recycling program


  • VP of HR is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

We Love Our Customers! (Valentines Day)


ADS Builds! Habitat for Humanity

How to Get Hired

We asked ADS INC for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Key Characteristics for ADS:  Belief in our Purpose, Customer Focus, Drive, Emotional Intelligence, Adaptability, Intellectual Horsepower and a Battery-Charging Attitude.  We feel that if you have those things, you can conquer the world, and certainly be successful in ours.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We love candidates who have both a government background (military or otherwise) and a commercial one.  We like to see the integration of those two experiences and find that people who are nimble in transition are very successful in our fast paced environment.  It helps to be able to speak the customer's language, but being able to translate between government-speak and the commercial world is extremely attractive.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We will always be on the lookout for strong sales & Business Development candidates.  In the coming year we will also be looking for candidates with Research & Development experience.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn or come to our website!  

hiring Outlook

30 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -2% Job Growth
11 Average applicants per opening 900 Total job applicants
20% New hires by employee referrals 20% Openings filled by current employees
2 Recent graduates hired
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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