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Infinera Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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Pros
  • Deep in technology, good work life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Very difficult to find a technical work environment better in Silicon Valley or elsewhere (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Officially no work from home policy (in 6 reviews)

  • Flat compensation, good 'ol boy network for visibility & promotions, long hours if you allow it (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "About as Close to Perfect as I Can Imagine"

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    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 Executive Team"

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

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company, Great technology...feels like a startup...always exciting

    Cons

    Product development cycles are longer, but products are truly better than competition. Growth opportunities are really up to you, no handouts for promotions.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "It was a good company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Infinera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. Talented engineers and good team work spirit
    2. Strong in optical technology.
    3. Compensation package is competitive even though the company have financial difficulty.

    Cons

    1. Company culture changed in past years.
    2. Management team is not stable and not capable.
    3. Business is struggling.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring right people, especially the system engineering management team


  4. "Good company at sustaining innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Great minds to work with, motivating culture.

    Cons

    Extremely hierarchical for a company of Infinera's size.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall it is good place to work. People are very friendly."

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Development Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Development Engineer in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment. Peoples are all very nice to each other.

    Cons

    Always working under a tight schedule.

    A lot of people are not fairly treated. Promotion is difficult.


  6. "Logistics Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carrollton, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Infinera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Infinera has very good benefits.

    Cons

    Infinera is not a fan of home based working.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering"

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

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

    Pros

    They had challenging technology. Salary was decent and benefits good.

    Cons

    Poor management system. To many VP's

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Slave-Driving Culture (Engineering Side)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are generally nice, friendly and helpful.
    There are quite a few good technical people

    Cons

    Too aggressive in work scheduling.
    Marketing miscalculated too many times.
    Management has too many "wants" (priority-1), and doesn't know how to prioritize.

    Advice to Management

    Stay with their roles to learn to be good managers instead of trying to be (super) engineers. Hire well, and trust their people.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lost in Space."

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people work here. People who care. Management on the other hand.. They are not exactly on planet earth. They purchase another company for it product portfolio, then they do not take advantage of those products.

    Cons

    Unrealistic Management. At first they were not innovating fast enough, now they are trying to innovate too fast and loosing all sense of their identity. The CEO will talk about keeping the Identity but that ship has sailed. Loosing market share daily and new products are too far out to be viable. They will likely never catch up to competitors options.

    Advice to Management

    Use the products in your portfolio, and increase R&D to catch up to the competition. Get your identity back. Be the most reliable, don't just say you are.


  10. "Very driven company, but with significant resistance to change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Infinera full-time

    Pros

    Technically sharp and intellectual colleagues

    Cons

    Bigger scheme of things is unclear


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