Altera Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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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. Staff design engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera full-time

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

    Pros

    Good company with solid financial situation, good payment, balanced work life

    Cons

    Big company style, every decision is slowly baked

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce the layer of management and try to speed up the act

  2. MTS

    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    There are many opportunity for now, since they re-org the whole ICD team.
    You can try your luck at here.

    Cons

    It is very unstable. All of the team need a long time to stable and difficult to need the demanding schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Don't know what to say. Any way need to learn how to manage the new challenge from the new process.node is a key.

  3. Wonderful culture of inclusion.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Executive management is open to input from all levels of employees.

    Cons

    The company is not very large so long term opportunities are somewhat limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to employees, as you do. Maybe consider some higher risk investments, which might lead to a new customer base.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is taken very seriously. When a manager leaves they will take their time to find the perfect fit. Sometimes this can take a little too long but it's worth it in the end. I've had several managers here and each of them are accommodating and care about my progress professionally and technically. They encourage you to follow your passion even if it means leaving their team.
    The work is challenging, interesting, and everyone is willing to help out. Cross functional collaboration is simple and easy. Everyone is punctual and professional as well. Food is pretty good, there are activities to distract yourself when you need a break, and the company is headed in a good direction. Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Sometimes I get the feeling that management is not transparent at all. They can be difficult to read.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to tell me what I'm doing wrong. It will help me grow in the right direction.

  6. completely easy to work and good environment

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    Former Employee - FAE in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - FAE in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    work balance and life balance is considered as importnt

    Cons

    very conservative and steady moving

    Advice to Management

    need to be flexible and willing to change

  7. Good work place initially but not lately

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, 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

    The compensation is above average

    Cons

    leadership and promotions and accountability are lacking

  8. I had an amazing experience interning at Altera! I learned so many things in the short time that I was there.

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    Former Intern - IP Design in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - IP Design in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing learning opportunity for interns
    Many interesting projects, very cutting edge technology
    I was given a lot of responsibility as an intern and was treated like I worked full-time.

    Cons

    Compensation may not be as high as some other Silicon Valley companies, but is pretty standard in the semiconductor industry.

  9. You need to be self-motivated

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

    I have been working at Altera

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

    Pros

    work-life balance; may have more time for self-improvement and family; compensation-wise is average

    Cons

    need to be self-motivated; narrower career path; less systematic and organized

  10. Altera

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    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

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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