Altera Reviews in Canada

Updated April 23, 2014
Updated April 23, 2014
279 Reviews

3.3
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 28 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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    Altera Toronto Rocks!

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are so smart here. The work is very interesting. There is a ton of career development and the managers & directors really care. Love the free Metropass and social events.

    Cons

    Dealing with the San Jose headquarters can be challenging at times- the time zone and cultural differences can be a big deal. We never seem to have much travel budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more effort on product planning - we seem to be behind in this area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Altera Toronto Rocks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Everything about the office is pretty good. Pretty good salary, location, work, people. Nice office too. I've really enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    Every once in a while headquarters seems to do something random.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix product planning! Also, increase the travel budget a bit - we're fairly isolated in Toronto and the message here is "don't travel unless you're dying".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Altera is Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Very friendly people. very helpful and awesome community.

    Cons

    The job is very demanding and the workplace is very fast paced. If you're a smart person it's for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Altera Toronto Tech Center

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Nice location, good facilities, good perks (free drinks, ping pong and foosball), very nice benefits packages and salary. Challenging work. Managers tries really hard to develop employees. Fun group to work with

    Cons

    Demanding work. Very flat organizational structure, which means the chance of promotion to management is slim. Very competitive working environment. A lot of documentation, rules and procedures to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to lower level staff as much as possible. They would like to know what the management are thinking. Instead of issuing a one sentence strategy statement, try to present it in a more meaningful way to individual contributor at different function.

    Recommends
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