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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you were in Jail you would not have to watch your back this much- Horrible Director and above leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong balance sheet and niche market. Strong barriers to entry. Samrt people and most are very talented

    Cons

    There are unrealistic expectations, Pay is lower than market and overlap with Malaysia causes long days and no work-life balance. Many senior managers do not understand business drivers and stack rank employees to fit a bell curve. Strategic investment is not made to move company forward. I don't think you can cut your way to prosperity. The titles wehre people are hired into are much lower than other companies. For instance a manager here would have the same respnsibilities as a Director somewhere else.
    Attempting to hire for Diversity which means Females and other underrepresented groups- Seems illegal to me as you are not supposed to focus on Age, Gender, Color, Etc..
    Many occurances where senior managers and above are not knowledgeable and seek opportuities to stab you in the back.

    Also the yoga classes and wellness fairs are nice when you are not working through lunch every day sort of a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and make small increases in headcount to scale with growth. Ditch the stack ranking. You have an advantagous psition but if you are shortsighted the opportunity may slip or you will have product issues like at 28nm. I understand as a public company there are guidelines but when you have more cash on hand than google and almost as much as Apple why do you put so much burden on the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Tech Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Tech Staff in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is good for some people.

    Cons

    Do Management understand the business of making chip?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its an OK place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ

    I have been working at Altera full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    pay & leave are good

    Cons

    beauracratic and too slow to implement some great ideas

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Too much politics, too little life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Get my paycheck, OK health benefits, good gym and cafetreria on site

    Cons

    No career opportunities on technical side, too much politics
    Neither senior nor first line management is responsible for their actions; the blame is _always_ on the people down the corporate ladder
    Big disconnect between your contribution and your reward, after several years of getting a penny for stepping up I'm ready to move on

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid financials, good work life balance

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    solid financials, good work life balance

    Cons

    forced ranking reviews... enough said

  7.  

    A good, financially sound, mature tech company, in a difficult world

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Very challenging work, great benefits (Health, vision, dental, others), compensation is fair (I guess, but that's why I'm looking on Glass Door to see how it compares), opportunities for moving around within the company do exist. Work/life balance is pretty good. Campus in San Jose has pretty good perks.

    Cons

    Office politics (same anywhere), decisions made by committee, slow to react to market shifts, data driven decision making, etc. More recently, political correctness has gotten in the heads of management to the point of being a distraction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Very bad Culture, Lot of department politics, bad experience, rat race everywhere, NOT worth IT

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

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

    Pros

    - fpga is a niche area due to which altera has somehow survived.

    Cons

    - Its who you know and not what you know
    - If you know people higher, you get promoted to Management even without the right skills
    - Wrong people in leading positions of the company who don't have any experience
    - Lot of politics between departments, RAT race is always on, No collaboration
    - No good products, lot of product issues.
    - The 28nm was a total disaster, 14nm has high hopes but no delivery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire people with the right experience
    - When you promote people make sure they are right for the job
    - Managers need to have the right experience, Many Altera department have managers with no skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bad working style

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Product may have potential.
    May have a lot of chances to improve presentation skill.

    Cons

    - Waste time and resources on many none technical area, such as company survey, yearly evaluation even though nobody really care about your opinion.
    - Too much politics. Everybody wants to drive others in order to may manager happy.
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good company to work in general

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Good company, good product, good people to work with

    Cons

    Conservative and resistant on changes sometimes

  11.  

    Steady & conservative

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Good team work at the lower level; great learning ground for new college graduates. Performance driven merit system. Nicely maintained landscape; subsidized lunch. Stable and financially well managed company.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities. Challenge to do well if you are different

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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