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Altera Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
311 Reviews
3.4
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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.  

    Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Altera is a great place to work at. Loved the team, company policies, work environment, promotes work-life balance, had a great time at the carnival

    Cons

    Altera is a great place to work at. Loved the team, company policies, work environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable Company but career growth limited.

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    Current Employee - Principal Member of Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Altera operates in a duopoly, so business is usually good and bonus and profit sharing happen across the board. The company is mid size, so you can actually know people from different departments. Benefits are good too and the campus is over all very nice.

    Cons

    Some department are ruled by old timers and it is very hard to grow. After several product delays, there is a sense of pessimism and resignation that things really can not change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The VP and SVPs should be held accountable for perennially delayed products. To expect engineers to deliver on unrealistic time lines again and again is a recipe for disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good environment

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good for engineers with family,

    Cons

    Pay is inconsistent, lower than market rate in certain department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review long-term employees' salaries to match the market otherwise, you are facing high turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Competitive salary and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Manager is not a good fit for their position. Communication and general people skills are lacking. Priorities constantly changing do to poor future planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A...

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    not a bad company to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    good working environment, work life balance

    Cons

    no career growth, good compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    opennessand innovation to beat competition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Marketing Internship in San Jose

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Altera has been very good about my personal growth; they provided funding for professional development training including project management courses and conference admission fees. They also provided funding for employee moral events such as running events and team outings. Coworkers are generally receptive to questions and are very keen to help other employees.

    Cons

    Much more experienced employees, so there is a knowledge and age gap between interns/new hires and other employees. Employee base is male dominated.

  8.  

    Technician

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    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    good salary, vacation days, PTO days

    Cons

    terrible management, unhealthy work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

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

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    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
  11.  

    Stagnant Company

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    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

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