Altera Reviews

Updated July 5, 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. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great work environment and people

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.


  2. Great experience!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. A good company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot of things in this company and have the opportunity to reach various application dirctions, from industry , telecom to unmanned plane.

    Cons

    The workload is quite heavy, while which secure you job


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  5. Awesome place, awesome people, awesome work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Verification Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people, Have to be flexible and do multiple things which always keeps work interesting. Values contributions, recognized by peers when it comes to performance.
    Best place for new grads

    Cons

    Too many levels of management, sometimes takes too long to push an implementation.Sometimes too many things, too much work, but feels great to be accountable and drive everything to finish line

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring awesome candidates and continue maintaining awesome work atmosphere


  6. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful culture of inclusion.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Excellent Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Altera Penang RD - Great team

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

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

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

    Pros

    People Orientated and supportive management
    Open in communications (from CEO down to RD VP to Directors)
    Plenty of Chalenging assignment. Oopportunity to work on cutting edge technology
    Talented and friendly team to work with (Penang and US)

    Cons

    Workload can be high during crunch time
    Compensation can be more competitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

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

    Pros

    -Possibly the highest concentration of competent, intelligent engineers in the city. You will learn a ton by working in this environment.
    -Free drinks and snacks
    -Flexible hours
    -Continuing education program (allows you to take courses part-time, and pays for them too!).
    -Excellent benefits

    Cons

    -High expectations of employees, which can lead to long working hours
    -My cubicle is in a noisy part of the office...


  10. Helpful (1)

    Too much intelligence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    *surrounded by talented world-class engineers, self-development can be easy.
    *work-life balance is great
    *free drinks and snaks

    Cons

    too many genius, you can feel lots of pressure.
    bonus is not that much for individual contributor.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Best job I've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    At Altera Toronto, you get to work with some of the smartest and most innovative people in the industry. Several people here literally written the book on FPGAs, and working alongside them is an amazing experience.

    You also get to work on some really cool, innovative projects that have the potential of changing the industry. Some of our interns leave with patents!

    And finally the office atmosphere is just fun. We do tons of social events, a ski trip in the winter, beach picnic in the summer, and a bunch of other stuff. Plus free drinks and free metro-passes.

    Cons

    Being surrounded by brilliant people is a double edged sword, because you have to be able to keep up with them. If you can't, you're not gonna have a good time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus less on short-term goals and more on doing the right thing for the company.



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