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Infinera gives you lots of freedom to schedule your workload and to work remotely. The management is very understanding of your need to balance life and work. However, incompetent engineers get hired without vetting, and then entrench themselves as subject matter experts in the messes they themselves created. There are lots of creative problem solving aspects to this job, but also lots of box-checking. The most difficult part of the work is collaborating with software developers who come from scientific/academic backgrounds and think it is not worth their time to learn the profession. All work gets a rubber stamp, good or bad, so maybe they are right.
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Has gotten worse with time

Too fast paced, never given the minimum amount of time to do a task correctly. They don’t care how much extra work you create, or if you cut corners. Just get something out by this date. Not a place to start a career as no one will have or spend time teaching/ training you. No real training of any kind. They use to offer so many perks like free donuts and bagels each week but those days are long gone. People were great but everything else is a train wreck.


Co-workers are amazing


Stressful environment, time to complete complex tasks is now measured in hours rather than days/weeks
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Infinera insights

Based on 37 survey responses
What people like
  • Time and location flexibility
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Fair pay for job
Areas for improvement
  • Sense of belonging
  • Support from manager
  • Trust in colleagues

Great product, great team

I honestly regret leaving and still keep in contact with my co-workers and manager.The environment is great and the people are great. I miss it immensely.




The commute in the bay is a killer
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Just another job

Nothing fantastic. Just another job. Keep working with no expectations. Pay is good uncertainty is very high. You get to live with it with no expectations .
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Too many meetings

Work in general is good, learning new everyday. Can be overwhelming for beginners. Extremely fast paced - perhaps need to reduce the number of meetings to achieve a few tasks.
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Nothing stands out

The manager I work for act like a child, unprofessional, no interpersonally. Don’t care about others but himself. Unpleasant to work with. Not a good company to die for


No free lunch


Micro manage your lunch
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A dying company

Infinera has lost its way. After the acquisition of Coriant, there is no clear culture. The entire executive management team has undergone an overhaul, and the new CEO is not trusted across the board.Lots of penny pinching and cost cutting as cash position is bad. Not in a growth lane any more.


Can’t think of one. New office in South San Jose might be nice


No growth, no leadership trust. Managers all over but not enough leaders
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Really good place to work

Our manager was one of the best I have ever worked with/for! She was very supportive, gave us a lot of feedback, encouragement, and always kept us informed. If were ever needed her support, she was always spot on.


Work environment


Senior mgmt needs to provide better direction
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Decent working environment

Infinera Corporation is a vertically integrated manufacturer of optical networking equipment for the telecom market. Bldg 1 is where the production fab is located, and consequently, where the action is. As the Senior Production Control Support Technician, responsible for warehouse operations systems, maintaining spare parts turns, reorder points, spare parts ordering, P-card management, product receiving processes, data entry, inventory management and shipping. Lots of smart, easy going people, fresh fruit delivered daily, free Peets coffee, occasional communal lunches or events, all around good working environment and dedicated people.
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Coriant acquisition

Infinera is still trying to sort out the acquisition of Coriant. As such there is a lot of confusion and job insecurity. The company still has a great deal to sort out with the closing of facilities and outsourcing at CMs.
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Productive and exciting place to grow

My ideal day at work is a day where i am fully engaged with my coworkers and management and am able to share my creativity with the team. I desire a workplace environment that is encouraging.
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Great place to work but limited job security

Great people with productive attitudes and the compensation is on par with the market, unfortunately layoffs are constantly looming and have only gotten worse since the acquisition
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Work life balance is very nice with deserving benefits.

1) Work life balance is very nice with deserving benefits. 2) Company is growing and exploring the new dimensions to fit in the competition. 3) Benefits are good.
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Good place to work, can get very demanding and busy at times.

A typical work day can go into 10 hours and you bring it home at night. Management does make decisions fast which is good. The technology is cutting edge.
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Great team.

Great team to work with; Nice management; Attractive salary; Unstable on job security, since several merges impacted the organization; Also the strategy was changed.
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Great place

Great place to work as a Recruiter. Great team . Awesome Staffing Mgr and Mgr are great to work with. CEO is visible and there is a good culture of trust and integrity. Company has made some mergers and aquisitions lately.
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Finance and Accounting

The acquisition has caused much stress within the finance and accounting teams. Lots of confusion and turnover. Finance leadership needs to be replaced since failed to manage or account for the acquisition and new SFDC and SAP system implementation. Just all around difficult place for the more little things to get done. Hope office move and integration will change the culture of the company and the team.
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Living off Borrowed Money

Infinera will most likely get purchased soon as they are living off of borrowed money. Good products, high turnover. Uncertain outlook as multiple offices are closing and rumors are more accurate than company meetings Advice to Management Be clear, concise, have conviction about the future outlook of the company, and take care of personnel as opposed to selling catch phrases and buzzwords. Get bent.
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Good company to earn with extra perks but no long term job security

Good Salary package but don't expect training, you have to survive on your own. Not much interaction between departments. I have not seen a team building event or family kind of culture. Management just expect you to work, work and work! They have indoor gym (in the HQ building). Fresh fruits everyday. Not too many employees last for long. Just be prepared to receive pink slip without advance notice when economy is down.


Good Salary package to start with, fresh fruits everyday and Donuts/bagels every Thursday.


No job security, seems like every department runs on their own without interaction between design, manufacturing, logistic and supply chains until major problem occurs.
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Fun Challenging Work

I worked in a small account team. Until I was laid off by Infinera I thoroughly enjoyed working there and hoped to continue there for a number of years.
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Change Management Lead

Great team, great enthusiasm, great knowledge and willingness to share. Many teams with many Subject Matter Experts. Lots of interaction with knowledgeable and helpful employees.
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Based on 114 reviews

Ratings by category

3.8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.1 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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