Yes, AT&T conducts drug tests, but whether a drug test is administered depends on the location and position.
Many current and former AT&T employees report that they were drug tested prior to being hired, although some have reported that they were not. The majority of responders report that they were subject to pre-employment drug testing, and some have reported additional random testing.
There is a Substance Abuse Policy for AT&T Mobility that discusses in detail situations in which AT&T drug tests and what drugs it tests for. According to this policy, “AT&T is committed to assuring a drug-free working environment for all of its employees.” However, the open positions listed on the AT&T careers website do not specifically discuss drug testing.
This information was obtained after many hours of research from various websites with answers from current and former AT&T employees, its careers website, and its substance abuse policy.
What Type of Drug Test Does AT&T Use?
According to the AT&T Substance Abuse Policy, urine testing is conducted. The policy lists the substances tested for are:
Current and former AT&T employees have also reported the use of hair tests. Hair tests can detect long-term use of:
Prospective and current employees are sent to an external facility of AT&T’s choosing for testing. Testing sites include health clinics, physician offices, and clinical laboratories, according to the Substance Abuse Policy. These drug tests are paid for by AT&T.
When Does AT&T Drug Test?
The AT&T Substance Abuse Policy states, “All new hires–and re-hires of regular full-time or part-time employees–are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test after the extension of a conditional offer of employment.” Some positions follow Department of Transportation rules and test pre-employment, post-accident, randomly, when there is reasonable suspicion, and when returning to duty. For all employees, AT&T will also drug test if there is suspicion of substance use or in the event of a workplace accident.
AT&T Drug Testing Process
How Long Do AT&T Drug Test Results Take?
According to accounts of current and former AT&T employees, drug tests can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to produce a result.
What Happens if You Fail a Drug Test at AT&T?
According to the AT&T Substance Abuse Policy, “Failure to pass this drug test shall result in denial of employment, or in immediate dismissal if the employee has begun working before results of the drug test are received.” Additionally, “tampering with a urine specimen (adulteration or substitution of specimen) or consuming any substance in an attempt to deliberately alter test results will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal… If an applicant is found to have falsified, substituted, or tampered with any sample of a body fluid associated with testing for substances, he/she will not be offered employment, or if he/she has already been offered employment, he/she will be terminated.”
The Substance Abuse Policy further discusses the process of testing and follow-up testing in detail. “The Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Test is the initial method used to detect drugs in the urine, and all presumptive positives are confirmed by the Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry method. Only conclusive test results are to be used by the Company. A positive drug urinalysis and alcohol evidentiary breath test will be confirmed by a second test. Both the first and second tests must be positive, or the results are considered inconclusive, thereby resulting in a negative report to the Company. Alcohol testing is performed by use of an Evidential Breath Test analyzer, which produces a measure of blood alcohol content… Applicants whose final results are positive for substance abuse will not be allowed to reapply for employment or be offered employment at any affiliate of AT&T for a period of 12 months.”
Does AT&T Call You if You Fail a Drug Test?
We could not find specific information to answer this question, but typically, employers will contact you if you fail a drug test.
Employee Drug Testing Policies for AT&T
Does AT&T Drug Test Employees?
The AT&T Substance Abuse Policy states that all new employees must undergo drug testing. Some positions require Department of Transportation drug testing, which tests pre-employment, post-accident, randomly, when there is reasonable suspicion, and when returning to duty. This is consistent with reports from current and former AT&T employees. Some have stated that only pre-employment drug tests are performed, while others say that random drug tests are also given. Yet, there are still others who report that no drug test was ever given prior to or during their employment.
Across all AT&T locations and positions, drug screening is required if there is suspicion of drug use and for on-the-job accidents. The Substance Abuse Policy defines reasonable suspicion as warranted in “such situations as verified threats of violence, personal injury accidents, motor vehicle accidents, an unusual decline in job performance, and chronic absenteeism or tardiness.”
The Substance Abuse Policy also discusses the procedure for management to follow when there is cause to suspect an employee of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. This includes having the employee agree to drug testing by reminding them that refusal will lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination, transporting the employee to a testing location, and transporting the employee back home.
Does AT&T Drug Test for a Promotion?
We could not find specific information to answer this question, but typically companies will drug test for a promotion.
Does AT&T Drug Test if You Get Injured on the Job?
Yes, AT&T requires drug tests after workplace accidents. This was reported across all positions and locations. This is consistent with most companies who drug test after accidents in the workplace that result in damage to properties or injury within the workplace. This is for liability reasons, as a positive drug test would void any potential worker’s compensation claims.
Marijuana Drug Testing at AT&T
Does AT&T Drug Test for Weed?
Yes, according to the Substance Abuse Policy, marijuana is tested for.
Does AT&T Accept a Medical Marijuana Card?
Many current and former AT&T employees report that medical marijuana is not accepted and also that marijuana is not accepted in states where it is legal.