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Altera Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
289 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 9 reviews)

  • Senior management has a pattern of just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    It's a mixed bag

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stable business, toxic culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Failing product lines/strategy leads to lack of managers fostering healthy work environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice campus. Because its a smaller company, being able to see upper management/vps is a nice feature. Solidarity with coworkers of disapproval of management.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. Very high attrition rate (and forced early retirements). Severe lack of teamwork, effort by management in team building activities. Severe lack of recognition. High attrition -> lack of knowledge being passed on -> more problems and bugs. No visibility in direction of team, direction of organization, or overall strategy of projects. Stale environment (literally and figuratively) -> slow pace - takes forever to do anything. Engineers don't know whats happening , hope management knows whats happening -> but with constant re-orgs theres low hope. Low moral. Managers are more concerned about saving their own jobs, than protecting their employees and grooming their employees. Constant stabbing in the back. Lack of investment from managers in employees. Under compensated compared to market rate. A lot of politics. All managers are tenured 15+ year engineers at Altera. Severe peter principle in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see "con's". Doesn't matter though, general consensus that management just doesnt care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good journey so far..

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

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

    Pros

    Unique mid-size company with mature processes and financially best managed company.
    Conservative culture

    Cons

    Too much short term (minded) focus and approach. Growing pain (still operate as small company (~1B) as opposed to 2B/3000 employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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