Altera Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
279 Reviews
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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 9 reviews)

  • Senior management has a pattern of just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
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    Facilities Operations Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    great people and working environment

    Cons

    none, nothing, was a great experience to intern heee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The growth factor is huge for FPGA industry. The work environment is great. The career path is good. You get a great chance at working with something that is new. Pressure is there only when you are close to a deadline. So work/life balance is great. You get a great scope for self development in the field of Digital design.

    Cons

    Sometimes due to office politics work slows down. For me personally this has very very rarely happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some great employee "know each other" events so that people can get to know persons from some other teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, friendly co-workers, flexible working hours, support learning atmosphere

    Cons

    None that I could think of.
    It would be great if Interns could explore other teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Software Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Software Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Pay for an Intern
    Interesting work and a great career highlight

    Cons

    Altera does not provide accommodation or transportation allowances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineering Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, friendly co-workers, flexible schedule

    Cons

    None I could think of!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be great if you could convert the Interns to Full-Time

  8.  

    It was fun and you get a lot of opportunity to learn

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    people, good pay, good environment

    Cons

    nothing is bad about working here

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work with great people and a lot of career growth potential

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    People are fun to work with and work well as teams

    Cons

    A bit of a learning curve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work with professional coworkers

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

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

    Pros

    good business, good colleagues, work is always challenging

    Cons

    not much other experience to compare with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great experience, and i enjoyed my stay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IP Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IP Engineering in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    learning experience is great. I love the working environments. Peers are very friendly and professional. Managers are approachable.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is very boring, and dosen't have too much nutrition. Not too many vegetarian choices, and chinese food there taste terrible. Sushi is not fresh either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise salary for interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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