Altera Reviews

Updated August 21, 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. Product Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment, big cubicle, clean toilet and flexible hour.

    Cons

    Organization change quite a lot

    Advice to Management

    Be more people manager


  2. Member Technical Staffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance Management supportive of technology and platform choices as long as results are delivered

    Cons

    Their product is a FPGA, so, software is not their stronghold and the software positions are behind current industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work. great work place, great culture, great co worker. Probably the best job I had since graduation.


  3. Altera - good company In transition

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    Current Employee - MGT in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - MGT in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and salaries, great technology and position in the market.

    Cons

    Getting acquired by Intel - opportunity, but also risk.

    Advice to Management

    Fix product development issues.


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  5. Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to rotate between different departments access to gym, basketball court, volleyball court, bocceball, pool table, ping pong table, foosball and cafe

    Cons

    the FPGA market is generally a pretty mature market, so things move slower than other industries. However, with embedded processors now being the norm in FPGAs, floating point capabilities and availability of the OpenCL programming model, this has the potential to change things


  6. Smart people, friendly culture

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    Current Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - An interesting place to work, if you love being surrounded by people who really know their stuff - Pays fairly well, although for interns it's nowhere near the market rate in Silicon Valley

    Cons

    - Really old-style, 90s-era vibe. I guess that's just the nature of the semiconductors industry, but there's a lot of skepticism about modern trends and practices

    Advice to Management

    Learn from intel, but keep what makes Altera a great place to work intact


  7. Technical and Innovative Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very technical and innovative environment. Many offices in north america, helps with travelling.

    Cons

    Intel bought it! Frequent changes in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Make better decisions!


  8. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Discovery Bay, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Discovery Bay, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work, pay/bonus is very competitive, fun and smart people to work with, promote collaboration and learning.

    Cons

    Challenging to implement any project that has to go through IT. Budget seems always tight.


  9. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Interesting work 2) upward mobility

    Cons

    None so far but ask my in 9-12 months after the acquisition goes through.

    Advice to Management

    Talent is more valuable than experience. Sometimes the "sacred cow" can hold back the company, give new ideas a chance.


  10. Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company with a working culture that is helpful to its engineers.

    Cons

    With the acquisition by Intel, the future is not clear.


  11. Advanced New Product Engineer

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    Former Employee - Advanced Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Advanced Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good system - Awesome working environment

    Cons

    - Low increment - Low bonus

    Advice to Management

    - Be fair to existing employee in terms of compensations



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