Altera

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Altera Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 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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    Good journey so far..

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its an OK place

    Design Engineer (Current Employee) Hampton, NJ

    Prospay & leave are good

    Consbeauracratic and too slow to implement some great ideas

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    solid financials, good work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossolid financials, good work life balance

    Consforced ranking reviews... enough said

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    Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

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

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementShow 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!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, not Great

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good support role here are xyz projects for next year

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine the direction clearly and stick with it

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Well managed company

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementPeople ARE truly the best resource

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

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

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsReduction 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 Senior ManagementNeed 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.

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    Ambitious with all the right ideas

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsExciting work, great development opportunities

    ConsExecution mishaps, disorganized, poor rigor

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    enjoyed working there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosgood people to work with

    Consnot very good from management.

    Advice to Senior Managementrespect people working for them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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