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Altera Canada Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. "Altera"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High quality people, very interesting product

    Cons

    Cubicles, not a lot of social interaction, antiquated software engineering practices

    Advice to Management

    Bring modern DevOps and Software Engineering experts to overhaul the operation


  2. "Software Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Interesting products for interns to work on, not just work that nobody wants to do (there's some of that)
    - Worked with very smart and helpful folks
    - Strongly connected intern group

    Cons

    - Hiring standards are heavily based on GPA (at least for interns)
    - Perks are a bit limited


  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, interesting work

    Cons

    Frequently short staffed on projects.


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  5. "Great place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Get to work with lots of very talented people on challenging problems
    - Fast-paced environment where the work never gets boring
    - Lots of career opportunities, especially for talented, hardworking people
    - Altera has developed a solid, high margin business with lots of growth potential (validated by Intel acquisition)
    - Company has been growing investment into R&D for several years, has strong pipeline of next generation products under development and starting to come online
    - Good benefit package that includes everything expected from high tech company (e.g. health, employee stock and retirements plans, free drinks, etc)
    - Great attitude towards employee development / training - will even pay for university courses / Master's Degree.

    Cons

    - Work can be very intense & demanding at times
    - Communication between remote sites can be challenging, especially when meetings must occur outside of working hours due to time zones
    - General uncertainty about how work environment will change after Intel acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Need to make sure that your key leaders and experts stick around after Intel acquisition. Company could also benefit by improving communication/transparency between different departments .


  6. "Great place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice and intelligent people. Great working environment. You learn from the best and brightest software engineers in Toronto.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance. They overload you with work. The management in headquarters is bent upon mediocrity and doesn't understand the importance of quality of the delivered products. They don't believe in testing...


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very smart, nice and friendly people. Many cool challenges to tackle.

    Cons

    Somewhat closed environment, not as open as other tech companies nowadays. The whole company is betting on one piece of software, somewhat risky business model from that perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Should put more effort on the tools and infrastructure. Should be more wise on the project selection as Altera Toronto office definitely have the best engineers out there.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work with immature management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work, nice colleages

    Cons

    Unclear requirements, specified by people that doesn't understand the technology or the product

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting products out before changing their purpose


  9. "Technical challenges galore"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will not be bored. The technical challenges are unique and always changing. The technology is cutting edge and literally runs the world.

    R&D management is very good. This is an engineer's company.

    Cons

    Bonus program hasn't worked well for the past few years.

    We take on too much, which stretches R&D thin. The products are an enormous team effort, so it requires a lot of collaboration, which in turn requires some top-down goal setting.

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer things better.


  10. "Two sides of the same coin"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have a great number of smart engineers around the office to work and bounce ideas with.

    The work is technically challenging and engaging with lots of interesting problems to solve in large scale software and semi conductor development.

    You feel as though you work hard, but still get to enjoy time at home as well. Base compensation is good for the region.

    Cons

    A lot of smart people might make it an intimidating place to work, and difficult to get ahead.

    Many of the technical challenges are self inflicted (taking on too much), result of technical debt (shortcuts in the code base) or deal with infrastructure issues.

    Bonuses could be higher.

    Advice to Management

    It is hard operating in a duopoly market, but we should try to be more proactive than reactive. Also, don't work on features 'because the competition has them' but instead whether they make business sense. We should use our influence in the market to simplify the next generation of products rather than go for a spec war.


  11. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging and potentially rewarding work

    Cons

    sometimes a little too competitive


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