Altera Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Applications Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Applications Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Applications Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Altera as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Manager was very helpful. Got to learn many things. Environment is very friendly.

    Cons

    Should try to convert interns to full time or atleast give them priority than other people outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    Recruiters not that helpfull for helping interns getting full time jobs in other teams too.


  2. Great company

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and people

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.


  3. Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty laid-back environment. Amazing coworkers.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food wasn't very good.


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  5. A good company to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot of things in this company and have the opportunity to reach various application dirctions, from industry , telecom to unmanned plane.

    Cons

    The workload is quite heavy, while which secure you job


  6. Awesome place, awesome people, awesome work

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    Current Employee - Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart people, Have to be flexible and do multiple things which always keeps work interesting. Values contributions, recognized by peers when it comes to performance. Best place for new grads

    Cons

    Too many levels of management, sometimes takes too long to push an implementation.Sometimes too many things, too much work, but feels great to be accountable and drive everything to finish line

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring awesome candidates and continue maintaining awesome work atmosphere


  7. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful culture of inclusion.

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

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

    Pros

    Executive management is open to input from all levels of employees.

    Cons

    The company is not very large so long term opportunities are somewhat limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to employees, as you do. Maybe consider some higher risk investments, which might lead to a new customer base.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Excellent Company

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

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

    Pros

    Management is taken very seriously. When a manager leaves they will take their time to find the perfect fit. Sometimes this can take a little too long but it's worth it in the end. I've had several managers here and each of them are accommodating and care about my progress professionally and technically. They encourage you to follow your passion even if it means leaving their team. The work is challenging, interesting, and everyone is willing to help out. Cross functional collaboration is simple and easy. Everyone is punctual and professional as well. Food is pretty good, there are activities to distract yourself when you need a break, and the company is headed in a good direction. Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Sometimes I get the feeling that management is not transparent at all. They can be difficult to read.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to tell me what I'm doing wrong. It will help me grow in the right direction.


  9. I had an amazing experience interning at Altera! I learned so many things in the short time that I was there.

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    Former Intern - IP Design in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - IP Design in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Altera as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunity for interns Many interesting projects, very cutting edge technology I was given a lot of responsibility as an intern and was treated like I worked full-time.

    Cons

    Compensation may not be as high as some other Silicon Valley companies, but is pretty standard in the semiconductor industry.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Cutting edge technology

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has an excellent business and compensation is quite good. Lots of interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    But workforce morale is pretty low, and it is becoming more of a politically charged place as opposed to striving for engineering excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Don't believe upper management has the ability to learn from and effectively correct the mistakes Altera has made in the past.


  11. Facilities Operations Intern

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    Current Intern - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people and working environment

    Cons

    none, nothing, was a great experience to intern heee



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