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Great work/life balance

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

I have been working at Altera full-time (less than an year)

Pros

The growth factor is huge for FPGA industry. The work environment is great. The career path is good. You get a great chance at working with something that is new. Pressure is there only when you are close to a deadline. So work/life balance is great. You get a great scope for self development in the field of Digital design.

Cons

Sometimes due to office politics work slows down. For me personally this has very very rarely happened.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have some great employee "know each other" events so that people can get to know persons from some other teams.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time (more than an 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Company to work for

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    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 an 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
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