Altera Reviews

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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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  1. A Good Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    It is a fast growing devices company so there are lots of opportunities for new growth and learning. Also, there are many number of ways to get involved in something innovative.

    Cons

    Their new employee orientation is horrible, they don't do a very good job of giving you the information you need to start. So, I would say HR overall is pretty bad.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Not a software company...

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Solid well-run semiconductor company, cutting edge chips. Excellent pay-scale & benefits. A very competent traditional patriarchal corporate structure, if you like that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Since Altera comes from a chip-manufacturing background, planning ahead an minimizing risks are deep in the corporate DNA. If you're a software engineer, this can be... burdensome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The chips are great, keep that up. The competitive advantage will increasingly be in your software tools. If you want to create great tools, you need great software engineers who love to make tools, and you need to let them do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3. Risk adverse

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Profitable. Excellent release management. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Reluctant to spend money on equipment for employees. No 360-degree review system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resume setting ambitious goals. Currently the only company-wide goal seems to be cost-cutting.

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