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Altera Reviews in Canada

Updated December 31, 2014
Updated December 31, 2014
312 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 31 reviews)

  • You have the opportunity to work on interesting, cutting edge technology (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Still you can not have work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Not much options for career advancement (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging and potentially rewarding work

    Cons

    sometimes a little too competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Two sides of the same coin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    You have a great number of smart engineers around the office to work and bounce ideas with.

    The work is technically challenging and engaging with lots of interesting problems to solve in large scale software and semi conductor development.

    You feel as though you work hard, but still get to enjoy time at home as well. Base compensation is good for the region.

    Cons

    A lot of smart people might make it an intimidating place to work, and difficult to get ahead.

    Many of the technical challenges are self inflicted (taking on too much), result of technical debt (shortcuts in the code base) or deal with infrastructure issues.

    Bonuses could be higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is hard operating in a duopoly market, but we should try to be more proactive than reactive. Also, don't work on features 'because the competition has them' but instead whether they make business sense. We should use our influence in the market to simplify the next generation of products rather than go for a spec war.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Having a great time interning here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Technically challenging and interesting work that requires tons of non-trivial thinking - you really develop your engineering skills and thinking skills from your day-to-day job. You meet the most talented group of people u've probably ever seen, and they're down to the earth. Great support from manager and peers - you can learn a lot from your them. Management cares about and encourages personal and career growth. Great pay compared with other tech companies in Toronto. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    More execution than innovation before you get more technical credibility. Due to the nature of EDA software and how long the code has been evolving for, the code base is huge and hard to read if you're a newbie. On top of coding and designing, you spend lots of time running tests and experiments, and our test infrastructure makes the procedure a bit slow and time-consuming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interning at Altera

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    It's hard to think of a better place in the GTA to work as a computer engineering intern. You'll feel challenged, work with incredibly smart people. Working there as an intern, you will be given significant responsibilities and will feel like you are making a real impact. Altera is a really cutting edge technology company, and I can't think of many companies where you get to be at the forefront of technological innovation. Knowing that you are contributing to building the technological infrastructure of the 21st century is what gets many to show up at work every day.

    Cons

    Learning curve can be steep. Expectations can be quite high, as everyone is extremely hard working and competent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain company culture as it is growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company, hard working people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Good benefits, Actually building serious technical projects. I enjoyed being given a real project to work on with mentor support

    Cons

    Office isn't very modern, everything is clean and functional, culture tends to emphasize work over life. Some eccentric people are there who don't work well with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  7.  

    Good Place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Great visibility to different departments and road maps.

    Cons

    It is highly competitive. There is not much chance to get up to the speed if you try to make a balance between work and life. you really have to work hard to get to a point that a trust from Altera veterans get acquired.

  8.  

    Great workplace, smart engineers

    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    downtown office, professional work environment

    Cons

    work can be overwhelming at times

  9.  

    Interesting research-oriented problems to work on; Great group of engineers to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Extremely talented group to work with. Great opportunity to challenge yourself with several research-oriented projects.

    Cons

    Product/segment roadmaps are unclear. Unsure of growth potential of company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people, good atmosphere. Good knowledge and sense of team. Internship program is well developed.

    Cons

    Seemingly few opportunities to advance in company, insufficient resources to complete required work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great tech and opportunities with some annoyances

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    All of the problems we work on are cutting-edge, so there's always something new - so new that lots of people get to publish their work in journals.

    There's always more work to do than there is time, which might seem bad but it means that if you automate your current job away, you have nothing to fear since there will always be another valuable project for you to work on.

    There's a lot of room for creativity, and with some persistence you can get new projects going. People also move around frequently, with entire teams sometimes changing their mandate from one area to another. At least from a technical perspective, it's easy to get unstuck if you get bored. You can even switch from high-level software to next-generation hardware design - there aren't many places with that kind of flexibility.

    Cons

    Software engineering hasn't always been valued as much as "getting things out the door," because we're ultimately about selling hardware, and the software has to be ready to do that come hell or high water. As a result, some of the code quality has suffered over the years. Similarly, our testing and building infrastructure is sub-par. Both of these appear to be improving but there's a way to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encouraging people to be more efficient is nice, but technical leadership and investment are needed as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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