Altera Reviews

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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
John P. Daane
3 Ratings

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good (in 31 reviews)

  • great people and working environment (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Still you can not have work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management has no idea what the company direction is (in 12 reviews)

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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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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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    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  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
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profitable. Excellent release management. Good compensation.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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



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