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Altera Overview

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Website www.altera.com
Headquarters San Jose, CA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1983
Type Company - Public (ALTR)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Xilinx, Lattice Semiconductor
Altera Corporation is at the forefront of technology innovation, providing customers programmable solutions for leading-edge electronic systems that are shaping our modern world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Altera has been supplying the industry with access to ... More

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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
John P. Daane
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    Former Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - California in San Jose, CA
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)


    Unique technology, higher than average profit margin in semiconductor, almost no competition except Xilinx, above average work-life balance for non-engineers. A great company if you are raising young children.


    Extremely slow in making decisions because of the large/complex product, need to wait 1-2 years to see your impact to the bottom-line because of long-product development cycle. Not a company for energetic and self-driven types. It can be boring at times because thousands of people are working on a single large/complex product. Sometimes difficult to make people accountable for their work. Tons and months of meetings to make one decision.

    Advice to Management

    Well, now it is an advice for Intel management who is buying Altera. Make employees at Altera accountable for their work. It is very easy to hide at Altera since the product is large/complex. A couple of examples. If a block in FPGA doesn't tape on time or fails frequently at the customer, make the engineering VP/Director/Manager accountable. If the business doesn't grow in an specific target market make business units at Altera accountable by giving them P&L responsibility. Too often no one takes accountability at Altera because the product is large/complex and there is virtually no competition.

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    Test Development Engineer (NCG) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Altera (San Jose, CA) in September 2015.


    There was a phone screening with the Technical Manager of the team for 10 minutes. He asked very simple questions on Digital Logic and a couple of puzzles. Next day, HR emailed me to schedule an onsite interview and asked my availability and after that, the interview happened two weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • Basic questions about projects, DFT, BIST and ATPG. 3 puzzles.   Answer Question

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  • America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009

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