Altera Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
279 Reviews

3.3
279 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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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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  1.  

    Good journey so far..

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Altera full-time for 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
  2.  

    Its an OK place

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Hampton, NJ
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ

    I have been working at Altera full-time for 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
  3. 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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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Neutral

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, interesting people to work with, and subsidized meals in the cafeteria. There is a fun Halloween party every year!!

    Cons

    Lots of reorganizations and politics. Double standard when it comes to male behavior vs female behavior at the senior and management levels. Senior men are expected to be aggressive. Senior women are still expected to be submissive and remain subordinate. The junior employees have a more level gender playing field. Also, there were layoffs the day after a big "30 year anniversary" party. One day there was a party, the next day all your friends lost their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some sensitivity to the talented women leaders and managers in the engineering groups. Ask yourselves how can women succeed in an aggressive environment if they are shunned for being aggressive themselves. My advice would be to stop promoting such an aggressive environment, and start promoting an environment where people treat each other with respect and courtesy. Aggressiveness does not equal productivity!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, not Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good work/life balance. Interesting projects from time to time.

    Cons

    Moving from technology company to maintenance company. Always on the cutting edge for silicon nodes, but now becoming more process driven. Schedules eliminate much of the innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the ship right until Intel makes a good offer. You will all be well compensated to leave after the acquisition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good support role here are xyz projects for next year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Nice campus, good cafeteria save lot of time for lunch.

    Cons

    Re-organizations happened so often
    Too many meetings and need to stay late for meetings with off-shore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define the direction clearly and stick with it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well managed company

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    At bleeding edge of technology, where it matters. Has roughly half the PLD market. Compensation, benefits in line with industry

    Cons

    Not very employee friendly. Management somewhat old/stodgy. Many processes in place to tell how employees need "development". As opposed to leveraging employees' strengths. All management seems to fall in the same bucket

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People ARE truly the best resource

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Had some strong years, but currently is going through a difficult period

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and learning opportunities, lots of talent potential, often competitive technology, but more promising future if 14 nm is successful as a product and with customer designs.

    Cons

    Reduction of strategic execution and lack of transparency and real collaboration wastes lots of time and bandwidth of resources, which is never adequate enough to achieve what is really needed to help the company more forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more true leadership at all levels to get the best out of the workforce (i.e. the men and women who will really determine if you succeed or not). Start with imparting an exciting long term vision (beyond just slides), then lead the troops across all departments with good S.M.A.R.T. goals, especially the "Realistic" part, that ensures success. Also, study peers in the industry who are succeeding in areas that you are not.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ambitious with all the right ideas

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Exciting work, great development opportunities

    Cons

    Execution mishaps, disorganized, poor rigor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    enjoyed working there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    not very good from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect people working for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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