Altera

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In overall, Altera does a good job in FPGA compaign against Xilinx.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I have been working at Altera

Pros

Doing things in innovative ways.

Cons

Too conservertive to change. Often ignore employee's feeling.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay more attention to employee's feeling.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great for engineers wanting to retire

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    1. Decent Compensation depending on what you do
    2. Good Benefits (but it was getting worse when I left)
    3. Slow relaxing pace for engineering (it takes 2x longer to build a product than other semiconductor companies)
    4. CEO is pretty decent and seems to listen to feedback
    5, Good for someone who really likes structure. Great for someone from the military.
    6. It's has improved a lot in the last few years. A few years ago, supposedly you could get fired for walking on the grass (which was against the rules)

    Cons

    Altera is a company that is in the fortunate position that fundamentally there are only 2 real players in the FPGA space so they don't have to be very innovative.

    1. You can get stuck in the FPGA space if you stay too long (See #9)

    2. Lots of politics and re-orgs

    3. Other than engineering, work-life balance can be challenging

    4. Stressful due to corporate culture and politics

    5. Binge hiring and layoffs on a regular basis. Expect to be hired for a position they laid off months before.

    6. Bad for your career if you want to learn or move up

    7. I've heard of cases where good people are forced out so they don't have to pay severance. It seems always politically motivated when it does happen. It's clearly not performance related based on what i could see.

    8. Don't expect to make friends here. This was the first place I've ever worked where i felt that i had to make friends for political reasons. I was even told by an previous employee "don't put any personal pictures up" it's considered unprofessional.

    9. FPGA space is stagnant which means more outsourcing and layoffs in the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an human resources VP that reports to the CEO! Treat your employees with more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Professional Growth Opportunities Shrinking Quickly at the San Jose Head Quarters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is achievable at Altera

    Cons

    Middle level managers are incapable and are driven solely by personal career advancement agendas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage your Middle-level managers more effectively

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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