Altera

  www.altera.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Altera Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
277 Reviews

3.3
277 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
John P. Daane
181 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 28 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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well managed company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    At bleeding edge of technology, where it matters. Has roughly half the PLD market. Compensation, benefits in line with industry

    Cons

    Not very employee friendly. Management somewhat old/stodgy. Many processes in place to tell how employees need "development". As opposed to leveraging employees' strengths. All management seems to fall in the same bucket

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People ARE truly the best resource

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IP Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IP Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    The company is organized without a strict hierarchy where you can communicate freely with your managers and lots of meetings to share ideas.

    Cons

    Too many meetings took lots of time. The communication between department is always troublesome. Every department tries to surrender the responsibility

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company to work in. good product.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    FPGA has a lot of possibilities and opportunities in the future. Great company to work in, nice environment.

    Cons

    IT infrastructure is outdated, which impact productivity. Using old computers with lousy parts. IT support is slow, slow network.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Inside Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    This is a leading semiconductor company focusing on selling programmable logic solutions...

    Cons

    People are nice and warm to work with, team spirit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Shipping Jobs to Penang and

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Storage Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Storage Administrator in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Work Life balance and and

    Cons

    Compensation is really low and

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Troubled Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Some really great people here. Friendly and hard working. Really nice campus. Good work/life balance. You can work from home if needed.

    Cons

    Layers of management who are worried about their job and manage up. Always chasing Xilinx, reactive not proactive. Very stodgy, old school way of thinking. Product groups and Business Units don't interact. Company Is product driven not customer driven. Marketing dept. has major issues that have yet to be addressed, many frustrated in dept.. Continually hire senior managers who lack experience in the area that they manage, go figure. I don't think I've seen anyone promoted in marketing dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating processes, empower employees. Stop with the numerous spreadsheets and powerpoint and allow them to actually do what they were hired to do. Stop pointing fingers at each other because you are afraid to take blame. Stop with the personality tests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    enjoyed working there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    not very good from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect people working for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ambitious with all the right ideas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Exciting work, great development opportunities

    Cons

    Execution mishaps, disorganized, poor rigor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place. Troubled management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    You might get some good technical experience. Compensation is average.

    Cons

    Poor management: very old school, lots of politics, micromanagement, anti-motivational methods, favoritism.
    Working from home is discouraged (crunch time or not). No work-life balance.
    Many unstated rules, inconsistent policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and clear on policies.
    Be consistent. Treat everyone equally and with respect.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Had some strong years, but currently is going through a difficult period

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and learning opportunities, lots of talent potential, often competitive technology, but more promising future if 14 nm is successful as a product and with customer designs.

    Cons

    Reduction of strategic execution and lack of transparency and real collaboration wastes lots of time and bandwidth of resources, which is never adequate enough to achieve what is really needed to help the company more forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more true leadership at all levels to get the best out of the workforce (i.e. the men and women who will really determine if you succeed or not). Start with imparting an exciting long term vision (beyond just slides), then lead the troops across all departments with good S.M.A.R.T. goals, especially the "Realistic" part, that ensures success. Also, study peers in the industry who are succeeding in areas that you are not.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for Altera? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.