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Helpful (8)

Good engineers but political management

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

I have been working at Altera

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good products; good technology from TSMC; strong engineers

Cons

VP and directors too political: employee performance is highly dependent on how well they talk instead of their actual contributions

Advice to Management

Set up anonymous paths to collect feedbacks; pay attention to front line managers; thoroughly evaluate whether the company needs so many directors (some dept has a 3:1 employee:manager ratio)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  2. Good Prospects

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay.
    Stock is rising
    R&D investment is growing
    Hiring in the US!

    Cons

    Still risk adverse.
    Growth strategy is hard to pinpoint.


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