Altera Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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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. Never start your career at Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Refer to Cons. Nothing proud to say

    Cons

    Ugliest management chain. You rarely see R&D management involving in technical discussions. 90% of R&D management spend their time updating spread sheets. Around 6 re-organization announcements in last 14months. If you are an NCG/Inter, i'm sorry to say your life is ruined. You will get lost pretty soon and your hopes becoming a good engineer too.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is for Intel Management not to Altera 's Replace the R&D 's first two levels of employees asap. Honestly you can fire them.


  2. Good work environment, but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Company culture improved over the years. Internal mobility.

    Cons

    Political in many teams even outside of R&D. Reward your top performers. Don't try to pretend to be shocked when an employee leaves and try to retain them after its too late. Main reason for leaving was due to manager.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people


  3. Helpful (1)

    Toxic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, competitive compensation, campus is nice

    Cons

    Frequent turnover and reorganization. Political and judgmental


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  5. Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus, close to light rail

    Cons

    Employee morale is bad management does not care

    Advice to Management

    Treat all people with respect upper management needs to realize the little people does not. Known to be cheap and conservative.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Management is lost

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    Former Employee - Circuit Design
    Former Employee - Circuit Design
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Before 2009 things were really good with the company. Market leadership / Gaining market share / HAPPY EMPLOYEES

    Cons

    Management got lost like a puppy. Tried to turn the company into something that it was not. Left lot of employees dissatisfied. Employees were treated like slaves. No clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change direction every few months. Treat your employees well. Not like slaves.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Stable business, toxic culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intellectual property portfolio FPGA market controlled by stable duopoly of Altera and Xilinx Very nice facility 9-5 job. Some work even less.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture Architects with proven bad ideas remain in place to generate more bad ideas Outdated IC design practices Obsolete compute infrastructure Malaysian subsidiary and San Jose headquarters are too many time zones apart

    Advice to Management

    I cannot believe the poor quality of IC design work. You would think Altera had never designed a chip before. If the design contains errors, the cause must be identified and the errors must be corrected. Get with modern industry standard IC design practice. At least use a flow, for God's sake! Compared to engineer salaries, even the best computer equipment is cheap. Just buy it.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Getting worse

    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company is financially very strong. It is in a market where there are only 2 players and extremely hard to get in.

    Cons

    Bad senior management and not valuing people.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people.


  9. Helpful (10)

    Watch your back!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting technology and ambitious business goals.

    Cons

    Extremely political work environment. The middle level managers are driven with just one goal: do what ever it takes to save oneself from being laid-off. The top-level management runs the company by instilling fear in the employees. Employees are constantly and overtly under the threat of having their jobs outsourced to the Altera's branch in Malaysia. Its a very unhealthy work environment unless you are someone who thrives in adversarial state.


  10. Helpful (9)

    Too much politics, too little life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get my paycheck, OK health benefits, good gym and cafetreria on site

    Cons

    No career opportunities on technical side, too much politics Neither senior nor first line management is responsible for their actions; the blame is _always_ on the people down the corporate ladder Big disconnect between your contribution and your reward, after several years of getting a penny for stepping up I'm ready to move on


  11. Helpful (5)

    Frequent Re-Organizations, Power Struggles

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bright, hardworking people. Good pay and benefits. Nice campus, gym, cafeteria. Interesting technology.

    Cons

    Senior management views individual contributors as labor that must be constantly pushed, not as highly trustworthy sources of creative solutions. Decisions are decreed without much consultation with persons affected. VP power struggles and constant re-orgs leave engineers feeling they have little control over their work.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clearly what your changes are trying to achieve. Talk with your people about whether the changes are working.



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