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Altera Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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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.  

    Marketing Internship in San Jose

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

    I have been working at Altera (more than an year)

    Pros

    Altera has been very good about my personal growth; they provided funding for professional development training including project management courses and conference admission fees. They also provided funding for employee moral events such as running events and team outings. Coworkers are generally receptive to questions and are very keen to help other employees.

    Cons

    Much more experienced employees, so there is a knowledge and age gap between interns/new hires and other employees. Employee base is male dominated.

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    Company in a GOOD Industry but too much politics in the DESIGN department

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    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Altera have a bright future in the FPGA business and FPGA is the asic of tomorow (FPGA will eat all the ASIC chip).

    Cons

    The recent change in altera IC design depart have create a bad atmosphere for every one to work in. It's just too much politics at the TOP level management and this drags down the whole ICE department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the politics. Do what you mean and only say what you will do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Stagnant Company

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Pleasant, modern work environment with competitive pay and benefits. The FPGA market has been very profitable over the last decade leading to a very stable business environment, perhaps too stable.

    Cons

    Management is hugely risk averse and won't go in new directions unless their main rival leads the way. Many senior employees have been there for decades which indicates a certain stability but also leads to tunnel vision and lack of capability or will to go after different business opportunities outside of classic FPGA. Don't expect many opportunities to engage in innovative work. It's more like: let's keep recycling the old ideas and make some tweaks here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some vision and take a few risks in new ventures otherwise you risk becoming a dinosaur. Stop dreaming that FPGAs will displace ASICs - that game has been played out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stable business, toxic culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Intellectual property portfolio
    FPGA market controlled by stable duopoly of Altera and Xilinx
    Very nice facility
    9-5 job. Some work even less.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture
    Architects with proven bad ideas remain in place to generate more bad ideas
    Outdated IC design practices
    Obsolete compute infrastructure
    Malaysian subsidiary and San Jose headquarters are too many time zones apart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cannot believe the poor quality of IC design work. You would think Altera had never designed a chip before. If the design contains errors, the cause must be identified and the errors must be corrected.

    Get with modern industry standard IC design practice. At least use a flow, for God's sake!

    Compared to engineer salaries, even the best computer equipment is cheap. Just buy it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Getting worse

    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is financially very strong. It is in a market where there are only 2 players and extremely hard to get in.

    Cons

    Bad senior management and not valuing people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture Club

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology, interesting work place and a vibrant atmosphere. There is often a "panic dus jour" which keeps many people busy and not being as productive as they possibly could be otherwise.

    Cons

    Lack of time does not enable anyone to breath and be more productive by enabling strategic thinking amongst the ranks. The only real time off is between Thanksgiving and Christmas/ New Years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, good strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly but the management team is not good

    Cons

    Very strict schedule, all the work base on the schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Company has an excellent business and compensation is quite good. Lots of interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    But workforce morale is pretty low, and it is becoming more of a politically charged place as opposed to striving for engineering excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't believe upper management has the ability to learn from and effectively correct the mistakes Altera has made in the past.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There are a bunch of good people

    Cons

    No work from home policy - Officially discouraged

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Facilities Operations Intern

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    Current Employee - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people and working environment

    Cons

    none, nothing, was a great experience to intern heee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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