Infinera Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life Balance is good depending on the team (in 8 reviews)

  • Not always a fun work environment in terms of off-sites or department parties (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • In doing so, long hours is expected (in 3 reviews)

  • nothing to point out as negative (in 2 reviews)

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  1. I have been working for more than a year and it has been great experience since day one. People are really helpful.

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    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer II in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera

    Pros

    Great people. Company is growing, so one can grow with the company.

    Cons

    Compensation can be increased little bit seeing how the company is growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people try to micro-manage. Please stop that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Most talented group of engineers I've ever seen

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera

    Pros

    Very talented, motivated and bright engineers. Stimulating environment with lot of room for professional growth.
    Leadership has clear goals, long term objectives, projects usually get finished with little delay.

    Cons

    High workload - Infinera needs to hire more engineers, however, the bar to get hired is set very high so hiring is a painstakingly slow process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring - keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. So far exciting...

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in India, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in India, TX

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary.
    Great work life balance.
    Freedom of trying new things.
    Lot of fun events like Annual cricket tournament, TT tournament, Foosball tournament, Hackathon, etc.
    Prime location with full greenery.
    If you are lucky you will get opportunity to travel.
    Company is growing faster day by day.
    Small company so you will know almost everyone in the organization.
    Approachable management.
    Gym, Yoga centre.

    Cons

    It looks like they are hiring lot of resources without a proper career plan for that individual.
    Less number of paid leaves.
    Project/Team managers need to improve on their management skills. They are good but they can do much better.
    Lot of dependency on other team(s) which could be minimized.
    There is a gap between development and the marketing team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the gap between marketing and development.

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    Positive Outlook
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  5. Fantastic working environment

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    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera

    Pros

    Minimal politics, efficient, hard working, talented people

    Cons

    though the industry is doing well of late, in general this is a challenging industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities for talent to move around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Excellent Company to work at.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very committed group of people. A lot of passion on the technology and networking solutions. I love coming to work everyday. Reminds you that the startup vibe persists. Kudos to the senior management team for holding the fort and expanding the technological advantage in the telecom industry. We have the best technology in Long Haul networking space. (Period). I am sure we will have the best in data center interconnect as well.

    Cons

    Not much to add. I have seen people comment on various topics as cons. However, If you put it in a business perspective and the technological space we are in (its a really bad neighborhood), the company has done well to its shareholders and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets get the Stock price to a point where it is rewarding to all.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Lot of open minded people, Great culture, Supportive management

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career opportunities - Internal movements encouraged.
    People are always in search of new ways to do things.
    Never seen anyone refuse to help.

    Cons

    Very long release cycles.
    Pretty inflexible in certain IT policies. Not so open minded there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great experience

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company knows where it wants to go and how it wants to get there. Those I work with are the best at what they do and are always friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better, but there are talks and plans in motion to get the same benefits some of Infinera's competitors get.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Infinera Rocks

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This is a great company that cares about there employees and is a fun place to work. The people at Infinera our outstanding people and it makes working here so much fun. I started working at Infinera 16 months ago and am truly blessed to be a part of this company. Best career move I've ever made!

    Cons

    The biggest challenge at Infinera is 98% of the employees are higher motivated and super talented, so standing out as a top level employee isn't easy but I'd rather work with super talented people than super lazy people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management does an outstanding job of communicating the objectives and goals of the company. This is a special place to work. Keep doing what your doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great company, products, happy customers, positive work environment - I'm not going anywhere!

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wide responsibilities great for self starters, small/medium company culture, positive attitudes

    Cons

    Flat compensation, good 'ol boy network for visibility & promotions, long hours if you allow it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization. Way too many middle SVPs, VPs, Sr Directors, ... Productivity and strategies are best aligned with direct communication through fewer silos.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Best Telecom Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer

    I have been working at Infinera full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging problems to solve, working with a lot of smart people you can learn from.
    The company awards good performers.

    Cons

    Too little time, so much to learn.
    Not a lot of down time, constantly going from product to product quickly. You won't like it if you don't thrive on being challenged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful to hire people who fit the culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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