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Altera Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, great bonding leave now as a part of Intel, on site fitness classes, lots of employee resource groups, company fun events (in 42 reviews)

  • We have innovative teams and great working environment (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Altera Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Place to Work. Great Colleagues and Smart Engineers

    Cons

    Low Compensation, Large Company, Moves after deliberation

    Advice to Management

    Become Agile


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fair Company"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly Working Environment
    Balance life and work

    Cons

    Old Methodology
    Lack of Clear Direction

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong management team, outstanding technology, great sales organization

    Cons

    Tendency to micromanage with some projects. Very few cons. Enjoyed working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the innovations, leverage Intel technology


  4. "Altera Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people, free snacks and beverages.

    Cons

    Poor Software Development practices, no adherence to scrum, generally poor software infrastructure.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Low salary"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good environment. Non-managerial peers are friendly and easy to work together.

    Cons

    Quite a bit of politics when comes to promotion. HR not pro-active.

    Advice to Management

    Exercise less favoritism and more on providing opportunities for everyone to grow.


  6. "Good Company to Work"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership team, offers employees opportunities to take on new roles and to further develop.

    Cons

    The company is experiencing much change in organization as they integrate into Intel.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People were great. Lots of camoradorie

    Cons

    President was an introverted know it all. Prided himself on remembering every negative thing about employees. Horrible at employee morale building

    Advice to Management

    Realize that "seasoned" employees have a lot to offer. Quit "pushing out" older employees via severance agreements that had a lot of valuable experience.

  8. "Altera"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great company. very talented and professional people. Good benefits

    Cons

    We are not allowed to walk on the lawns


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Worse than Feescale, worse than AMD"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some very smart people here (who generally aren't being given a chance to shine). Free sodas and snacks, free tacos once a week, occasional happy hours. The conference rooms are named for notable Texas musicians.

    Cons

    This echos what other people have said: There seems to be a 'club' or 'clique' of people who don't do much work, repeatedly miss deadlines, and face no criticism for it. One guy plays ping-pong for 1.5-2 hours almost every day.
    But if you're not in the club, watch your back! The politics here is much worse than at Freescale or AMD. Some of the Directors really dislike each other and will try to create obstacles and delays if they can.
    And again, the most important thing I can say is, don't trust ANYBODY and WATCH YOUR BACK!

    Advice to Management

    Scrape out the top 2-3 layers of software management, start anew. Identify and promote the people here who ARE doing good work.


  10. "Staff applications engineer"

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great bonding leave now as a part of Intel, on site fitness classes, lots of employee resource groups, company fun events

    Cons

    Limited career growth options, salary could be better, less focus on retention and more focus on new hires

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing women leaders


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