Altera
3.1 of 5 256 reviews
www.altera.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Altera Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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3.1 256 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane

John P. Daane

(166 ratings)

54% 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 25 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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    Altera is the best way to learn

    Software Engineering (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsYou learn a lot of things every day, every hour, and every second. Everyone is very knowledgable. You can just learn by talking to people.

    ConsEveryone is so smart. Management will not listen if you have new ideas. It takes time to prove yourself in the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would say just keep going! What ever you are doing is going great :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work/life balance

    Advanced Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsThe growth factor is huge for FPGA industry. The work environment is great. The career path is good. You get a great chance at working with something that is new. Pressure is there only when you are close to a deadline. So work/life balance is great. You get a great scope for self development in the field of Digital design.

    ConsSometimes due to office politics work slows down. For me personally this has very very rarely happened.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some great employee "know each other" events so that people can get to know persons from some other teams.

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

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    Its an OK place

    Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Hampton, NJ

    Prospay & leave are good

    Consbeauracratic and too slow to implement some great ideas

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    A good, financially sound, mature tech company, in a difficult world

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery challenging work, great benefits (Health, vision, dental, others), compensation is fair (I guess, but that's why I'm looking on Glass Door to see how it compares), opportunities for moving around within the company do exist. Work/life balance is pretty good. Campus in San Jose has pretty good perks.

    ConsOffice politics (same anywhere), decisions made by committee, slow to react to market shifts, data driven decision making, etc. More recently, political correctness has gotten in the heads of management to the point of being a distraction.

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

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    Too much politics, too little life

    Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGet my paycheck, OK health benefits, good gym and cafetreria on site

    ConsNo career opportunities on technical side, too much politics
    Neither senior nor first line management is responsible for their actions; the blame is _always_ on the people down the corporate ladder
    Big disconnect between your contribution and your reward, after several years of getting a penny for stepping up I'm ready to move on

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad working style

    Product Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsProduct may have potential.
    May have a lot of chances to improve presentation skill.

    Cons- Waste time and resources on many none technical area, such as company survey, yearly evaluation even though nobody really care about your opinion.
    - Too much politics. Everybody wants to drive others in order to may manager happy.
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    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very bad Culture, Lot of department politics, bad experience, rat race everywhere, NOT worth IT

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    Pros- fpga is a niche area due to which altera has somehow survived.

    Cons- Its who you know and not what you know
    - If you know people higher, you get promoted to Management even without the right skills
    - Wrong people in leading positions of the company who don't have any experience
    - Lot of politics between departments, RAT race is always on, No collaboration
    - No good products, lot of product issues.
    - The 28nm was a total disaster, 14nm has high hopes but no delivery

    Advice to Senior Management- Hire people with the right experience
    - When you promote people make sure they are right for the job
    - Managers need to have the right experience, Many Altera department have managers with no skills

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

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    Steady & conservative

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood team work at the lower level; great learning ground for new college graduates. Performance driven merit system. Nicely maintained landscape; subsidized lunch. Stable and financially well managed company.

    ConsLimited career growth opportunities. Challenge to do well if you are different

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    generally very good, professional colleagues, reasonable expectations.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosworld class technology, some very brilliant people, good management

    Consbig company policies. Hard to purchase needed items without a lot of red tape

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

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    solid financials, good work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossolid financials, good work life balance

    Consforced ranking reviews... enough said

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