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Infinera Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Deep in technology, good work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Very difficult to find a technical work environment better in Silicon Valley or elsewhere (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • No fancy perks or work from home (in 6 reviews)

  • no onsite, no company leased vehicle policy, no cafeteria, (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "About as Close to Perfect as I Can Imagine"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Failure Analysis Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Failure Analysis Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Infinera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Exciting environment. Genuinely pleasant people. Loved my time at Infinera.

    Cons

    Still a fairly young company, and so they need to make some process improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talking to your team about what they want for their future with the company. These career conversations are very important. Encourage young men and women to reach for the starts, within Infinera, of course!


  2. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learned a ton with smart people

    Cons

    Rent can be expensive in the location

  3. "SW Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities
    Highly talented Peers
    Exciting Work

    Cons

    Lack of employee recognition - for the last 3 years my responsibilities and amount of work has increased 2-3x fold. Yet I haven't been compensated for it. Quite the opposite, when transition to Salary I took a significant pay cut, and 3 years later I work longer hours, and still make less than before (and significant less than the market avg for same Job title and responsibilities).


  4. "Challenging work, Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are always challenging projects to work on, great atmosphere and helpful people.

    Cons

    I have not encountered anything that I don't like.


  5. "Always challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Infinera keeps you on your toes, as there is always a challenge or something new to learn

    Cons

    Upper Management is not supportive so you work in silos instead of working as a team

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees and try to create more of a team environment instead of walls between cross functional groups


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Tech bad managers and environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Verification Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Infinera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked in the ASIC group. They had challenging technology and great tools/support. Salary was decent and benefits (at that time) were good.

    Cons

    But managers were terrible, indifferent and clique-y. Constant micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop over-managing and hold individuals accountable and provide proper support.


  7. "Senior optical system engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Optical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Optical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open, friendly, lots to learn

    Cons

    Poor management system. Not very successful expansion.

  8. "Fast-paced, challenged and rewarding place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment......energizing and supportive
    Outstanding, passionate and inspiring CEO
    Pride in delivering world class products

    Cons

    More focus needed on creating and sustaining scalable processes


  9. "A Good Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Coworkers are great. Culture is good. The company makes great products due to the technology they create. Pay isn't great, but it's not terrible either.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement. I see many people doing the same job they've been doing for many many years. Average age of employees is relatively high.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more younger talent. Take risks in technology but also on the workforce. To stay on the edge of innovation, it takes a diverse workforce which includes age diversity.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Infinera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology focused company, leading the industry in photonics ICs and DWDW transport systems. Used in long haul, subsea, Meteo and DCI application

    Cons

    Vertical integration and overly complicated technology dragged the time to market and lost opportunities in the past and now. Overworked employees and non technical middle management are hurting Infinera in long run

    Advice to Management

    Listening to engineering team, get more sense of the reality, bring back the cross functional cooperations like before. Bring in more people who can contribute, not somebody do bean counting


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