Altera
3.1 of 5 238 reviews
www.altera.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Altera Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.1 238 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane

John P. Daane

(157 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer"
    in 24 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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went from good to miserable

Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI am not sure if there are any now. Started of long time ago and used to enjoy the place.

ConsSenior management made poor decisions 4-5 years ago and have since hiding their missteps thru constant reorgs and layoffs. No accountability of decisions made by executive management. Used to be solid number two FPGA company and is on the verge of becoming a me too FPGA provide along with Microsemi and quick logic.

Too many "yes sirs" with little to no technical insight among middle managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in engineering and product creation.

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

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Well managed company

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 3 years

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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Great Experience

IP Design Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than a year

ProsThe company is organized without a strict hierarchy where you can communicate freely with your managers and lots of meetings to share ideas.

ConsToo many meetings took lots of time. The communication between department is always troublesome. Every department tries to surrender the responsibility

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good company to work in. good product.

Engineer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Altera full-time for more than a year

ProsFPGA has a lot of possibilities and opportunities in the future. Great company to work in, nice environment.

ConsIT infrastructure is outdated, which impact productivity. Using old computers with lousy parts. IT support is slow, slow network.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Inside Sales Representative

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThis is a leading semiconductor company focusing on selling programmable logic solutions...

ConsPeople are nice and warm to work with, team spirit

Advice to Senior ManagementNo comments...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Shipping Jobs to Penang and

Storage Administrator (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Altera full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWork Life balance and and

ConsCompensation is really low and

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Troubled Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome really great people here. Friendly and hard working. Really nice campus. Good work/life balance. You can work from home if needed.

ConsLayers of management who are worried about their job and manage up. Always chasing Xilinx, reactive not proactive. Very stodgy, old school way of thinking. Product groups and Business Units don't interact. Company Is product driven not customer driven. Marketing dept. has major issues that have yet to be addressed, many frustrated in dept.. Continually hire senior managers who lack experience in the area that they manage, go figure. I don't think I've seen anyone promoted in marketing dept.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop creating processes, empower employees. Stop with the numerous spreadsheets and powerpoint and allow them to actually do what they were hired to do. Stop pointing fingers at each other because you are afraid to take blame. Stop with the personality tests.

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

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Ambitious with all the right ideas

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

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

I worked at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

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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Not a great place. Troubled management.

Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than a year

ProsYou might get some good technical experience. Compensation is average.

ConsPoor management: very old school, lots of politics, micromanagement, anti-motivational methods, favoritism.
Working from home is discouraged (crunch time or not). No work-life balance.
Many unstated rules, inconsistent policies.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair and clear on policies.
Be consistent. Treat everyone equally and with respect.

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