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Altera Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.1 261 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane

John P. Daane

(169 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Worst Company to work for

    Senior Member of Tech Staff (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsCompensation is good for some people.

    ConsDo Management understand the business of making chip?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you were in Jail you would not have to watch your back this much- Horrible Director and above leadership

    Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsStrong balance sheet and niche market. Strong barriers to entry. Samrt people and most are very talented

    ConsThere are unrealistic expectations, Pay is lower than market and overlap with Malaysia causes long days and no work-life balance. Many senior managers do not understand business drivers and stack rank employees to fit a bell curve. Strategic investment is not made to move company forward. I don't think you can cut your way to prosperity. The titles wehre people are hired into are much lower than other companies. For instance a manager here would have the same respnsibilities as a Director somewhere else.
    Attempting to hire for Diversity which means Females and other underrepresented groups- Seems illegal to me as you are not supposed to focus on Age, Gender, Color, Etc..
    Many occurances where senior managers and above are not knowledgeable and seek opportuities to stab you in the back.

    Also the yoga classes and wellness fairs are nice when you are not working through lunch every day sort of a joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employees and make small increases in headcount to scale with growth. Ditch the stack ranking. You have an advantagous psition but if you are shortsighted the opportunity may slip or you will have product issues like at 28nm. I understand as a public company there are guidelines but when you have more cash on hand than google and almost as much as Apple why do you put so much burden on the employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very bad Culture, Lot of department politics, bad experience, rat race everywhere, NOT worth IT

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Pros- fpga is a niche area due to which altera has somehow survived.

    Cons- Its who you know and not what you know
    - If you know people higher, you get promoted to Management even without the right skills
    - Wrong people in leading positions of the company who don't have any experience
    - Lot of politics between departments, RAT race is always on, No collaboration
    - No good products, lot of product issues.
    - The 28nm was a total disaster, 14nm has high hopes but no delivery

    Advice to Senior Management- Hire people with the right experience
    - When you promote people make sure they are right for the job
    - Managers need to have the right experience, Many Altera department have managers with no skills

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad working style

    Product Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsProduct may have potential.
    May have a lot of chances to improve presentation skill.

    Cons- Waste time and resources on many none technical area, such as company survey, yearly evaluation even though nobody really care about your opinion.
    - Too much politics. Everybody wants to drive others in order to may manager happy.
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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company is a train wreck

    Senior Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsPay is good and technology is advanced.

    ConsThe management makes bad decisions. Always trying to lower SG&A. Product quality is being sacrificed and company reputation may be in jeopardy with customers. The decision to buy Enpirion was a dismal decision. It was made only to profit off the plight of the engineer in coming up with a PDN solution for an FPGA that requires so many power rails. What the engineer needed was an FPGA that required less rails for the pdn solution.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being yes men and question the decisions being made.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    went from good to miserable

    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsI am not sure if there are any now. Started of long time ago and used to enjoy the place.

    ConsSenior management made poor decisions 4-5 years ago and have since hiding their missteps thru constant reorgs and layoffs. No accountability of decisions made by executive management. Used to be solid number two FPGA company and is on the verge of becoming a me too FPGA provide along with Microsemi and quick logic.

    Too many "yes sirs" with little to no technical insight among middle managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in engineering and product creation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company to work in. good product.

    Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFPGA has a lot of possibilities and opportunities in the future. Great company to work in, nice environment.

    ConsIT infrastructure is outdated, which impact productivity. Using old computers with lousy parts. IT support is slow, slow network.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a great place. Troubled management.

    Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsYou might get some good technical experience. Compensation is average.

    ConsPoor management: very old school, lots of politics, micromanagement, anti-motivational methods, favoritism.
    Working from home is discouraged (crunch time or not). No work-life balance.
    Many unstated rules, inconsistent policies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair and clear on policies.
    Be consistent. Treat everyone equally and with respect.

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    Politics, broken, poor management, poor benefits, high stress culture

    Senior Management (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting products and technology niche

    ConsRanking system, systemic political culture with gross favoritism and micromanagement, ageism, most employees have little participation in benefits or company growth, culture is pushing toward more risk with repercussions of failures becoming hot potatoes in the wild political and subjective ranking culture, generally poor management

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign - the current management has gradually dragged the company down. This has become a finance and HR driven company, the CEO has said repeatedly that it's all about shareholders 1st 2nd and 3rd (i.e. not employees or customers). And that narrow philosophy is not serving the shareholders. Stop turning out good people just because their career growth is limited by internal politics and slow growth in San Jose.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started off Good, went down hill fast. Close to becoming worst place I have ever worked

    Senior Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsAttractive campus
    Associated with a solid foundry
    Tools are better than competitors
    There are a gym and cafeteria on campus

    ConsLong hours
    No recognition
    Too conservative
    Too political
    Back stabbing by co-workers
    No interdepartmental sharing of information
    Management has put itself on pedestal and rewarded themselves handsomely while ignoring and demotivating the 70% of the working population that doesn't score Outstanding or Exceeds on their performance review - it's not what you know or how well you do it, it's who you know and shameless self promotion and how good you can make yourself look - even at other peoples expense.
    Worst political environment I have ever been involved with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of performing at Altera or subject yourselves to the same harsh standards of evaluation.
    Senior management to have meaningful interactions with staff below them - not the token 10:1 or skip-level( which have recently disappeared) meetings that are a waste of everyone's time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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