Altera Reviews

Updated June 17, 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. Altera

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    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.


  2. Advanced New Product Engineer

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    Former Employee - Advanced Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Advanced Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Good system
    - Awesome working environment

    Cons

    - Low increment
    - Low bonus

    Advice to Management

    - Be fair to existing employee in terms of compensations


  3. FPGA Design House

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of top 2 company in FPGA market

    Cons

    Corporate politics, too many organization issues


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  5. Best company I have worked for

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people
    Interesting technology
    Profitable and stable
    Nice ammenities and benefits

    Cons

    Stability is not that exciting


  6. Sales engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Acquired by intel. Intel has focus on innovation and strong diversity goals.

    Cons

    Altera is margin driven company. Need better diversity focus.


  7. Senior MTS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Ramon, CA

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

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

    Pros

    It has good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Management here is very political


  8. Nice Company overall

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NCG Rotation Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - NCG Rotation Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - flexible work hours
    - friendly people
    - good work-life balancee
    - benefits are good

    Cons

    - salary not as competitive as other places in the bay
    - Frequent re-organization of management
    - Mostly "older" working culture

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Great experience!

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

    I worked at Altera

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty laid-back environment. Amazing coworkers.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food wasn't very good.


  10. Hardware Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Lots of interesting technology to work on.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to make decisions

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions faster


  11. Altera 2015

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Principal EPM/Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal EPM/Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Higher Base Salary Nice Campus

    Cons

    Poor work life balance Stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Establish realistic expectations. Accept schedule-quality tradeoffs



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