Altera Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good (in 31 reviews)

  • great people and working environment (in 21 reviews)

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

  • Senior management has no idea what the company direction is (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Software Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart, nice and friendly people. Many cool challenges to tackle.

    Cons

    Somewhat closed environment, not as open as other tech companies nowadays. The whole company is betting on one piece of software, somewhat risky business model from that perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Should put more effort on the tools and infrastructure. Should be more wise on the project selection as Altera Toronto office definitely have the best engineers out there.


  2. Good place to work

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Altera as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    lots of smart people, challenging and stimulating work, room for growth

    Cons

    can be stressful when project deadlines are looming

    Advice to Management

    more technical expertise


  3. Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Altera as an intern

    Pros

    - Cool technology - Great Intern Culture - Convenient Location - Gives out challenging work for interns

    Cons

    - None come to mind


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  5. Challenging work with immature management

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work, nice colleages

    Cons

    Unclear requirements, specified by people that doesn't understand the technology or the product

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting products out before changing their purpose


  6. Technical challenges galore

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You will not be bored. The technical challenges are unique and always changing. The technology is cutting edge and literally runs the world. R&D management is very good. This is an engineer's company.

    Cons

    Bonus program hasn't worked well for the past few years. We take on too much, which stretches R&D thin. The products are an enormous team effort, so it requires a lot of collaboration, which in turn requires some top-down goal setting.

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer things better.


  7. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging and potentially rewarding work

    Cons

    sometimes a little too competitive


  8. Two sides of the same coin

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Having a great time interning here

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Interning at Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Maintain company culture as it is growing.


  11. 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 Management

    Keep it up



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