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Altera Reviews in Canada

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
298 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 8 reviews)

  • Not much options for career advancement (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ok for new graduates - Stay away if you value growth in your career

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The compensation in Toronto is good and new graduates get to do interesting work

    Cons

    If you value your career and are looking for a dynamic and creative place to grow, then you should definitely avoid this place.
    Advice to new graduates: Don't stay here longer than a year or two.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Superficial. No real experience even if you look for it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    I think you can end up making a few good friends at Altera. Also they seem to pay well.

    Cons

    1) They have no real work anymore. If you come here expecting to learn something, rest assured you will plateau in only 4 months and will be stuck with making presentation slides, debugging 30 years of horrible code, and spending 50% of your day in unnecessary and useless meetings.
    2) Very unhelpful staff: Since they know they have no work, any employee who has done something significant in the past will guard that accomplishment with his life, and will never divulge the inner workings to anyone. They are all afraid of being laid off and are all stuck to their comfort zone. I have heard "I don't know the answer" more times than I cared to count, only to find that same person giving the answer out in a formal meeting. They show no willingness to show a new employee the ropes or to answer their questions.
    3) Horrible management: Irrespective of department, management always wants to cut corners and give the minimum possible functionality that a customer would like. They do not entertain their employees' willingness to think out of the box and add value to the software. They simply go "I don't think the customer will need any more than that, just code it up and lets move on". They have a broken testing infrastructure, which is why their software is extremely buggy and customers always come back with tons of complaints. Most of these complaints go unresolved.

    The only people that will defend this company are people who were there during the days of its inception, when there actually was some real work to do. New employees: avoid Altera like the Plague !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Rewarding hardwork, company direction unknown

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    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Really intelligent people
    -Fun work environment
    -Good low level management

    Cons

    -Senior management has no idea what the company direction is.
    -Keep changing goals.
    -Laid off people without reason

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want to do ... make up your minds.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Well managed. horizontal environment and somehow visibility on the things going on the executives.

    Cons

    Very conservative.Still you can not have work/life balance

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good and bad. Bad parts can drive you nuts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera full-time

    Pros

    People are smart here. You can't bet on that. And continual improvement is not just corporate speak, it's the reality of everyday work at Atlera. If you go into the right job you will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Guidance by management can be spotty depending on your manager. Pressure to perform during your ramp up can be intense. Upper management seems completely detached from what the rank and file are doing. Also extremely cost conscious, to the point that people might use the world cheap.

    Quality is not a goal. At times amateurish products are shipped as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can only squeeze so much blood from a rock. If you don't invest resources in your people and in equipment, you are never going to produce quality products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great execution, poor innovation

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera full-time

    Pros

    You learn a great deal of excellence in execution, good pay and benefit

    Cons

    Not for someone whose passion is innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Having a great time interning here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Technically challenging and interesting work that requires tons of non-trivial thinking - you really develop your engineering skills and thinking skills from your day-to-day job. You meet the most talented group of people u've probably ever seen, and they're down to the earth. Great support from manager and peers - you can learn a lot from your them. Management cares about and encourages personal and career growth. Great pay compared with other tech companies in Toronto. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    More execution than innovation before you get more technical credibility. Due to the nature of EDA software and how long the code has been evolving for, the code base is huge and hard to read if you're a newbie. On top of coding and designing, you spend lots of time running tests and experiments, and our test infrastructure makes the procedure a bit slow and time-consuming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interning at Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    It's hard to think of a better place in the GTA to work as a computer engineering intern. You'll feel challenged, work with incredibly smart people. Working there as an intern, you will be given significant responsibilities and will feel like you are making a real impact. Altera is a really cutting edge technology company, and I can't think of many companies where you get to be at the forefront of technological innovation. Knowing that you are contributing to building the technological infrastructure of the 21st century is what gets many to show up at work every day.

    Cons

    Learning curve can be steep. Expectations can be quite high, as everyone is extremely hard working and competent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain company culture as it is growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company, hard working people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Good benefits, Actually building serious technical projects. I enjoyed being given a real project to work on with mentor support

    Cons

    Office isn't very modern, everything is clean and functional, culture tends to emphasize work over life. Some eccentric people are there who don't work well with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  11.  

    Good Place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Great visibility to different departments and road maps.

    Cons

    It is highly competitive. There is not much chance to get up to the speed if you try to make a balance between work and life. you really have to work hard to get to a point that a trust from Altera veterans get acquired.

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