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Infinera Overview

Sunnyvale, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (INFN)
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Infinera empowers network operators to accelerate service innovation and simplify optical network operations. Service providers, Cloud operators, governments and enterprises across the globe rely on Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to create rich end-user experiences ... Read more

Mission: Our Mission at Infinera is to earn a superior return by enabling our customers to build and operate the world’s best optical networks.

Company Updates

  • We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for OFC 2017!

    OFC 2017 - Infinera

    Join Infinera at OFC 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 19 through 23. The Infinera Express mobile demonstration lab will be onsite in Booth 3259 showcasing Infinera's latest products and solutions.

  • Infinera Adds Business Smarts to Its Instant Network Pitch

    Infinera Adds Business Smarts to Its Instant Network Pitch | Light Reading

    Infinera has a very clear message for the optical networking community hanging out at the OFC event in Los Angeles this week -- speeds and feeds are still important but smart capacity management tools and CFO-friendly business models are the new cutting edge.

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Infinera – Why Work For Us?

At Infinera, we are redefining optical networking.

Infinera is enabling network operators to deliver vast amounts of bandwidth with greater ease. Whether for the long-haul core, metro, or emerging high-capacity metro cloud, Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks™ help carriers exploit the increasing demand for cloud-based services and datacenter connectivity as they advance into the Terabit Era.

Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks enable network operators to create rich end-user experiences based on efficient, high-capacity transport. Today, Infinera offers carriers, MSO/cable operators and Internet Content Providers (ICPs) the optical network platform of choice for ease-of-use, dramatic scaling, low cost of ownership and unparalleled reliability.

Today, over 135 customers in more than 72 countries rely on Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to differentiate their services, protect their investment and lower operating expense as they scale their network.

Infinera is enabling the connected world by bringing automation, convergence and scalability to the optical network layer. Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks are designed to provide significant advantages over traditional systems, including:

  • Operating simplicity and cost savings: Intelligent software control allows end-users flexible management and control of their own network services and is designed to simplify network planning, engineering and operation; consume less power; enable simplified testing and improve system reliability;
  • Enhanced revenue generation: Infinera platforms lower the cost of optical to electrical to optical conversion, which enables our customers to access markets cost-effectively that had previously not been served due to cost constraints. We also believe that the our platforms enable communications service providers to add customers and provision new services more rapidly than traditional systems; and
  • Capital cost savings: Infinera’s platforms incorporate the functionality of more than 60 discrete optical components into a single photonic integrated circuit (PIC) pair, reducing capitalexpenditures and the physical space required for a given amount of optical network capacity.

At the core of the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network is a breakthrough semiconductor technology, the PIC. Basically a network on a chip, the PIC solves the cost, power dissipation, reliability and physical space issues in communications. The PIC provides massive WDM capacity in small power and space footprints to handle growing bandwidth needs, while allowing transport networks to scale in other dimensions. By solving the costly translation between the electrical and optical domains, long an albatross of network economics, the PIC enables DWDM optical transport networks to be more responsive to the digital services they carry.

The commercially-deployed, large scale PICs transmit and receive up to 500 Gigabits per second, or Gbps, of optical capacity and incorporate the functionality of more than 600 discrete optical functions into a pair of indium phosphide chips approximately the size of a child’s fingernail.

Ifinera Intelligent Transport Network solutions include:

  • Infinera Cloud Xpress platform: The Infinera Cloud Xpress is a purpose-built, optimized platform for point-to-point hyper-scale bandwidth interconnect applications across regional, metro and campus environments including datacenters.
  • Infinera DTN-X Packet Optical Transport Networking platform: The Infinera DTN-X platform is the only optical transport system available today that provides up to 500 Gbps super-channel capacity with sophisticated OTN switching capability and a software-defined control plane.
  • Infinera DTN platform: The Infinera DTN platform allows reconfigurable add/drop of multiple services up to 400 Gbps per chassis with the ability to virtualize the network for even more bandwidth.
  • Infinera ATN platform: A purpose-built metro edge platform, the Infinera ATN platform extends the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network to the metro edge.
  • Infinera Line System: A flexible system that extends optical reach and capacity with up to 160 channels of any mix of optical services across metro, long-haul and even subsea networks.
  • Infinera IQ Network Operating System: The Infinera IQ Network Operating System provides real-time network intelligence and control of all network elements to facilitate automated end-to-end topology discovery, service provisioning and service management and protection.
  • Infinera Management Suite: The Infinera Management Suite is a combination of management tools including administration, graphic node management and network planning systems for end-to-end control. The Infinera Management Suite also includes a suite of integrated functions for third party umbrella management systems.

Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks offer strategic business value to customers and protect investments for the next decade.

Today our innovation continues. Buoyed by our success and fueled by our vision, we are confidently reshaping what the network is, what it can do, and ultimately, what it will be.

At Infinera, we are working to redefine the network but our people define us. We're committed to building a community of talented individuals who value ingenuity, team work and integrity. Here, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside highly respected industry leaders; your contributions will be welcomed; and you'll play an active part in our success.


Imagine being part of a team that is fundamentally changing the way people communicate. Utilizing our differentiated technology, we have created Intelligent Transport Networks with more speed, capacity and scalability than ever before. Imagine a world with unlimited bandwidth. The network of tomorrow will allow for content and creativity limited only by its users' imaginations.

Infinera is a conglomerate of exceptional people from all different backgrounds. Some have come from colossal organizations where their contributions were glossed over. Some of them came from small companies where there was no team to encourage their growth and progression. At Infinera, all of them have found a dynamic environment that fosters creativity, professional development and collaboration.

As the global demand for bandwidth increases, Infinera will continue to provide the scalability required to support this growth. To ensure that Infinera is at the forefront of digital transport technology, our workplace will always be a breeding ground for ideas designed to transform the industry.

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Why Choose Infinera?

Our Culture:

One of the best things about working at Infinera is our office culture. Employees at Infinera vary widely in terms of race, gender, national origin and ethnicity, but they share certain traits, attributes and experiences that contribute significantly to the world class status of our team.

Our culture here at Infinera is unique. We think the following statements will help give you a picture of what working for Infinera is like.

  • At Infinera, we pride ourselves on being a "just do it" culture. We roll up our sleeves and we get stuff done. Regardless of title, regardless of level, we work as a team and we make things happen.
  • We're courageous and we take risks. We rely on data and our experience to prove a point. We don't have all the answers, but we're committed to finding the right ones to the important questions our customers ask.
  • We're not always flashy, in fact, we value simplicity and humility. We're looking for the smartest, most economic solution.
  • We ask people to come up to speed quickly and to work hard. To jump in and make a difference. To be persistent and resilient. If you see something that needs to be done, don't wait to be asked or told, just do it.
  • We're learning to celebrate our successes. Sometimes taking the time to recognize a job well done is almost as rewarding as the satisfaction that comes from doing it.

Our team members can typically be described as:

  • Highly-educated, skilled, or experienced in their functional area of expertise
  • Possessing fresh minds with new ideas that think outside the box
  • Self-sufficient idea-drivers who know how to make things happen, get things done, and are not afraid to go the extra mile
  • Intensely committed individuals, dedicated to successfully completing what they've started, regardless of the task
  • Flexible and agile in their approach to problem solving, and always looking for new ways to solve problems and create innovative solutions
  • Team players and great communicators who check their egos at the door and believe in the possibility and power of our collective success
  • Risk takers who want to be part of something that is new and cutting edge

Why Choose Infinera?

What does working for Infinera say about you? It says that your peers recognize you as being among the best in your field. We believe that brilliant minds, working together, create brilliant things and that really meaningful work is accomplished in teams. When you work among colleagues who respect you, challenge you and raise your expectations of what you expect from a company, then you're in the right place. If this sounds like you, here are some other things to think about as you look into our company.

Work that matters.

By choosing a career at Infinera, you're opening yourself up to a new way of life, where talent, respect, and camaraderie matters; where you'll have the greatest opportunities to work on the greatest projects with the greatest people; to change the way the world connects and to be part of the next big networking revolution.

You'll join a team of peers and legends.

Infinera's team is a bit of a who's who in the optical world. From brilliant industry leaders to legends-in-the-making, the halls of Infinera are teeming with the kinds of people that you want to be around and will enjoy working with daily simply because of their passion for what they do.

Opportunity to rise to the top... again and again.

You'll welcome the challenges of facing a new set of values, a new set of responsibilities and a new team. Here, each of us knows that our reputations only get us as far as the last project, and that building the respect of our peers while creating innovative technology is an ongoing and personally fulfilling process. 

We know benefits are an important component of any total rewards program. At Infinera, we make a point of taking good care of our employees by providing a strong and comprehensive benefits package. From your first day of work, Infinera offers you (and your eligible family members, including domestic partners and dependents) a choice of medical and dental coverage, life insurance and vision care, stock options, a 401(k) savings plan, and much more.

Health & Wellness

  • Medical – PPO, HMO, and Low Cost High Deductible plans
  • Dental – PPO and HMO plans
  • Vision
  • Health Savings Account – with company funding
  • Flexible Spending Accounts – Medical, Dependent Care, Commuter Benefit
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Ongoing Wellness Events
  • Onsite Fitness Center (Sunnyvale) & Gym Membership Reimbursement/Discount
  • Smoking Cessation Program

Other Benefits

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • 401(k) Savings Plan (Traditional & Roth)
  • Prepaid Legal
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Discounted Auto and Homeowners Insurance
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Ecopass Program
  • Discounted Movie Tickets
  • Discounted Wireless Program
  • Employee Spot Bonus Program

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    I have now been on board with the company for 3 months as a sales account director.

    The interview process:
    For my position I had to meet with people face to face and for phone interviews with people in sales, sales engineering, channels and up to the SVP of worldwide sales. Coordination of these meeting was smooth and my soon to be manager/boss did a great of coordinating things and keeping the ball moving forward. As many people where traveling and had busy schedules I am sure the whole process could have been a few weeks shorter but this is not a complaint so much as a reality of dealing with a global sales organization. The interview process was fairly common and straight forward, it was very apparent that protecting the culture of the organization was a top priority as I spoke with everyone. I can say the whole process was fair and no unusual or crazy interview incidents to report. All in all I had a great chance to interview the company as much as I was being interviewed.

    Newly Hired and Onboarding:
    From finalizing the offer to getting up and running everyone along the way at Infinera was a pleasure to work with, thoughtful and ready and eager to help get you on and started. Infinera has made a significant investment in getting new hires integrated into the company and setup with the tools for success. All and all a great experience and really shows the character of Infinera as an organization.

    The first 90 days:
    This has been a gratifying and unique career opportunity and I can honestly say each day thus far has been better than the next. I am excited to get up and go to work, thrilled with the coworkers throughout the organization and very excited about the future and the career I am hoping will be long lived.


    No cons to report. Greta place so far

    Advice to Management

    Please keep up the work on guarding your corporate culture. It has served you well and continues to shine through every corner of the company.

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    Production Buyer/Planner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
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    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Infinera (Sunnyvale, CA) in February 2017.


    Received an e-mail 2 days after application on line. The e-mail asked me additional qualification questions. 2 days after I replied, I had an on-site interview invitation scheduled on next week. 30 minutes interview with 4 people separately.

    Interview Questions

    • ---Go over the resume
      ---If you have the experience in preparing quote/ using material management in SAP/ working with contract manufacturer?
      ---How how proficient are you in excel?
      ---Are you detail-oriented?
      ---Do you have APISC certificates?  
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Infinera Awards & Accolades

  • Public Company of the Year, Leading Lights, 2014
  • Wholesale Service Innovation - Guinness World Record for Multi-Terabit Optical Capacity on GÉANT Network (with DANTE), GTB Innovation Awards, 2014

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