Altera

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Altera Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
295 Reviews
3.3
295 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Interesting company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Good company. Lots of challenging work.

    Cons

    Need some time to rebalance every now and then.

  2.  

    Stagnant Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant, modern work environment with competitive pay and benefits. The FPGA market has been very profitable over the last decade leading to a very stable business environment, perhaps too stable.

    Cons

    Management is hugely risk averse and won't go in new directions unless their main rival leads the way. Many senior employees have been there for decades which indicates a certain stability but also leads to tunnel vision and lack of capability or will to go after different business opportunities outside of classic FPGA. Don't expect many opportunities to engage in innovative work. It's more like: let's keep recycling the old ideas and make some tweaks here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some vision and take a few risks in new ventures otherwise you risk becoming a dinosaur. Stop dreaming that FPGAs will displace ASICs - that game has been played out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is lost

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Circuit Design
    Former Employee - Circuit Design

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

    Pros

    Before 2009 things were really good with the company.
    Market leadership / Gaining market share / HAPPY EMPLOYEES

    Cons

    Management got lost like a puppy.
    Tried to turn the company into something that it was not.
    Left lot of employees dissatisfied. Employees were treated like slaves.
    No clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change direction every few months.
    Treat your employees well. Not like slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Company in a GOOD Industry but too much politics in the DESIGN department

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

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

    Pros

    Altera have a bright future in the FPGA business and FPGA is the asic of tomorow (FPGA will eat all the ASIC chip).

    Cons

    The recent change in altera IC design depart have create a bad atmosphere for every one to work in. It's just too much politics at the TOP level management and this drags down the whole ICE department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the politics. Do what you mean and only say what you will do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Work review

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

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

    Pros

    Good environment and challenging leading edge work

    Cons

    Not a leader in the field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great products, stifling processes

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

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Great products and profit margin with limited competition. Nice campus. Hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Myopic inward focus lacking understanding of customer needs. Puts Wall Street way above employees and customers. Overly political. Gravely out of touch senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing the right process or ROI analysis does not equal doing the right thing. Encourage authentic communication and don't punish people for dissent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Passive Culture, Good People

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of different divisions so can explore different avenues. Above average pay and compensation. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Employees are not champions of the technology. Just get bare minimum done in a lot of cases. Feels like career development comes to a stand still at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more aggressive, provide employees with more incentives to go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Conservative old school company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, nice work life balance

    Cons

    mediocre benefits, old culture not open to chane

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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
  11.  

    It's a mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a bunch of good people

    Cons

    No work from home policy - Officially discouraged

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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