Altera Reviews

Updated July 30, 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. Technical and Innovative Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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!


  2. Get paid well with ok working hour, but not much career advancement

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    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Altera

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Get paid well, reasonable working hour, good working environment, the food inside is actually not bad, the people are generally easy to get along with

    Cons

    Not much career advancement opportunity, the product is pretty nitch in the market, absolutely not a good choice for a NCG, but can be a good place when your focus is on the family


  3. Extreme hard working environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Design very FPGA HW and SW products

    Cons

    Organization changing all the time


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  5. SMTS Design Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Financially Sound, fabless and offers variety people training classes

    Cons

    Run like a startup. Too many poorly managed changes.


  6. Good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Discovery Bay, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Discovery Bay, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and people

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Toxic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, competitive compensation, campus is nice

    Cons

    Frequent turnover and reorganization. Political and judgmental


  9. Sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus, close to light rail

    Cons

    Employee morale is bad management does not care

    Advice to Management

    Treat all people with respect upper management needs to realize the little people does not. Known to be cheap and conservative.


  10. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Altera

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

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

    Cons

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



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