Altera Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Accountant

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, friendly people, people work really hard

    Cons

    Management had bad attitude, not reasonable

    Advice to Management

    find a way to resolve problem, not to yell or scream at your employee


  2. Never start your career at Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Refer to Cons. Nothing proud to say

    Cons

    Ugliest management chain. You rarely see R&D management involving in technical discussions. 90% of R&D management spend their time updating spread sheets. Around 6 re-organization announcements in last 14months. If you are an NCG/Inter, i'm sorry to say your life is ruined. You will get lost pretty soon and your hopes becoming a good engineer too.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is for Intel Management not to Altera 's Replace the R&D 's first two levels of employees asap. Honestly you can fire them.


  3. Product Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice working environment, big cubicle, clean toilet and flexible hour.

    Cons

    Organization change quite a lot

    Advice to Management

    Be more people manager


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  5. Member Technical Staffs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance Management supportive of technology and platform choices as long as results are delivered

    Cons

    Their product is a FPGA, so, software is not their stronghold and the software positions are behind current industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work. great work place, great culture, great co worker. Probably the best job I had since graduation.


  6. Senior MTS

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    Too much politics. Management keeps changing.


  7. Altera - good company In transition

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    Current Employee - MGT in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - MGT in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and salaries, great technology and position in the market.

    Cons

    Getting acquired by Intel - opportunity, but also risk.

    Advice to Management

    Fix product development issues.


  8. Great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunities to rotate between different departments access to gym, basketball court, volleyball court, bocceball, pool table, ping pong table, foosball and cafe

    Cons

    the FPGA market is generally a pretty mature market, so things move slower than other industries. However, with embedded processors now being the norm in FPGAs, floating point capabilities and availability of the OpenCL programming model, this has the potential to change things


  9. Archaic corporate mindset still stuck in the 90's

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very little accountability, you can get away with not doing much.

    Cons

    Very little accountability, people can get away with not doing much.

    Advice to Management

    John Daane said in a corporate meeting that he wanted Altera to be more like Apple. Well, Apple became "Apple" when they fired the old CEO and re-instated Steve Jobs. Unless John Daane wants to take one for the team, Altera will never "be like Apple".


  10. Good work environment, but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Company culture improved over the years. Internal mobility.

    Cons

    Political in many teams even outside of R&D. Reward your top performers. Don't try to pretend to be shocked when an employee leaves and try to retain them after its too late. Main reason for leaving was due to manager.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people


  11. Software Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart, nice and friendly people. Many cool challenges to tackle.

    Cons

    Somewhat closed environment, not as open as other tech companies nowadays. The whole company is betting on one piece of software, somewhat risky business model from that perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Should put more effort on the tools and infrastructure. Should be more wise on the project selection as Altera Toronto office definitely have the best engineers out there.



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