Altera Reviews

Updated March 19, 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. 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)

    Pros

    The compensation is above average

    Cons

    leadership and promotions and accountability are lacking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 ManagementAdvice

    need to be flexible and willing to change

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  5. Pays well, has changed a lot in past decade.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    There is a culture of solving the problem at hand rather than assigning blame. Compensation seems okay. Some departments allow non-traditional working hours and arrangements. The push for more diversity in management seems to be coming from a genuine desire to improve decision making and outcomes.

    Cons

    The ranking system at review time really puts too much pressure on middle managers. I think the whole '10%'ers system is outdated and has proven to be ineffective. Perhaps Altera's system isn't as strict and public as Microsoft's was before they abandoned it, but in some groups, it can have a toxic effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop saying 'hairy audacious goal'. Enough with preaching about 'innovation' in general.

  6. 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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 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

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. good

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    Former Intern - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    very competitive salary. Get to work with very very smart people. The training and daily work are very challenging, you never get bored of it.

    Cons

    work long extended hours sometimes. Get to work with very very smart people but at the same time a lot of pressure on you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Altera Penang RD - Great team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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