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Infinera Reviews

Updated November 30, 2018
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  • "No fancy perks or work from home" (in 7 reviews)

  • "I have no cons that I can think of at this time" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good work-life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, attitude towards work is really good

    Cons

    No onsite opportunities, only one office location in entire Bangalore


  2. "Good Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leading edge tech. Good people.

    Cons

    Aging facilities. Not a lot of perks compared to big companies.

    Advice to Management

    Please work on retention/continuity.

  3. "Good place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and very helpful
    Benefits and salary are good
    ESPP and RSUs
    CEO is always positive and makes you feel great about working

    Cons

    Business is rocky
    Switched to no balance PTO


  4. "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    nice and very talented people

    Cons

    still struggle to compete with big companies.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people as peers. Good health benefits. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Management's lack of communication to all. Example - the radical change in PTO policy was introduced as a one-paragraph E-mail. See manager with questions. Managers weren't told about it. Then a FAQ came out. Still, not a lot of answers but "Managers will be trained in future". So, make a major policy shift and fly by the seat of pants. One of the biggest benefits is time off, why not treat it like it is important and think it through details BEFORE you roll out? One hopes business decisions are made with more of a thought process... or else we are doomed.

    Con - promotions. Very typical business model of 30 years ago. Friends promote friends.

    Advice to Management

    Pretend for a moment that employees matter. While you give lip service to it, seldom do employees see a benefit.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Challenging and tough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally good people, interesting technology, sounds good compensation

    Cons

    Management is horrible, no roadmap, no direction, take huge risk acquire competitor with financial situation worsens very quickly, a lot of people working here 5+ years have to out, big layoff coming after thanksgiving vocation.

    Advice to Management

    None, it is useless and hopeless.


  7. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Great people, very interesting technology

    Cons

    currently some uncertainty with recent acquisition

  8. "Infinera"

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    Current Employee - Professional Services Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Services Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great professionals to learn from.

    Cons

    Some lack of feedback, bad management for the latam region.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Good people who care about you personally for the most part.

    Cons

    An engineering company - not sure that relying on the PIC will allow the company to keep up with speed of innovation required to survive.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Don't. Just don't."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Patient and knowledgeable.
    Good for freshers and very attractive base pay as compared to the industry standards. Get your experience and get out soon.

    Cons

    Okay, this is going to take some-time.
    Poor management. The upper-level management is incapable of functioning efficiently. Scrubbing through defects isn't the only task a manager should have. There are also things like making sure the engineers under you are in good shape and like what they are working on. After a year or so, the learning comes to a standstill.
    INVEST IN YOUR EMPLOYEES AS WELL FOLKS. Please.

    Poor cross-functionality between teams.
    Bully directors - I wonder how they got there in the first place
    Very poor benefits - no RSUs. ESPP is decent. Do check the INFN stock before you join.
    No feedback mechanism in place to see what the employees feel/think.
    Lacking the motivation to get better.

    I can go on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Get good.