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Altera Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
300 Reviews
3.3
300 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
John P. Daane
189 Ratings

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.  

    Stagnant Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant, modern work environment with competitive pay and benefits. The FPGA market has been very profitable over the last decade leading to a very stable business environment, perhaps too stable.

    Cons

    Management is hugely risk averse and won't go in new directions unless their main rival leads the way. Many senior employees have been there for decades which indicates a certain stability but also leads to tunnel vision and lack of capability or will to go after different business opportunities outside of classic FPGA. Don't expect many opportunities to engage in innovative work. It's more like: let's keep recycling the old ideas and make some tweaks here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some vision and take a few risks in new ventures otherwise you risk becoming a dinosaur. Stop dreaming that FPGAs will displace ASICs - that game has been played out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great products, stifling processes

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    • 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 products and profit margin with limited competition. Nice campus. Hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Myopic inward focus lacking understanding of customer needs. Puts Wall Street way above employees and customers. Overly political. Gravely out of touch senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing the right process or ROI analysis does not equal doing the right thing. Encourage authentic communication and don't punish people for dissent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Passive Culture, Good People

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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

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of different divisions so can explore different avenues. Above average pay and compensation. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Employees are not champions of the technology. Just get bare minimum done in a lot of cases. Feels like career development comes to a stand still at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more aggressive, provide employees with more incentives to go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Conservative old school company

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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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice work life balance

    Cons

    mediocre benefits, old culture not open to chane

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    big company with formalities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ

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

    Pros

    large company, benefits ok, many good people

    Cons

    not quite job security, performance review forces low rated performer to leave.
    many rules & processes

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Culture Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology, interesting work place and a vibrant atmosphere. There is often a "panic dus jour" which keeps many people busy and not being as productive as they possibly could be otherwise.

    Cons

    Lack of time does not enable anyone to breath and be more productive by enabling strategic thinking amongst the ranks. The only real time off is between Thanksgiving and Christmas/ New Years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, good strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly but the management team is not good

    Cons

    Very strict schedule, all the work base on the schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good journey so far..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Unique mid-size company with mature processes and financially best managed company.
    Conservative culture

    Cons

    Too much short term (minded) focus and approach. Growing pain (still operate as small company (~1B) as opposed to 2B/3000 employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its an OK place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ

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

    Pros

    pay & leave are good

    Cons

    beauracratic and too slow to implement some great ideas

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid financials, good work life balance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    solid financials, good work life balance

    Cons

    forced ranking reviews... enough said

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