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  • 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)

    "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.


  2. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Altera (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice campus, plenty of parking spaces

    Cons

    Upper management unprofessional, some don't know how to treat people

    Advice to Management

    Pointing figure and venting will not resolve the problem

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, friendly people, people work really hard

    Cons

    Management had bad attitude, not reasonable

    Advice to Management

    find a way to resolve problem, not to yell or scream at your employee


  4. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Only a few management listen and take care of their employees

    Cons

    Your benefit pay out of your pocket. Poor management skill.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees, don't yelled when they made mistake, try to be a listener and resolve problem - don't just screamed at them


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Archaic corporate mindset still stuck in the 90's"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very little accountability, you can get away with not doing much.

    Cons

    Very little accountability, people can get away with not doing much.

    Advice to Management

    John Daane said in a corporate meeting that he wanted Altera to be more like Apple. Well, Apple became "Apple" when they fired the old CEO and re-instated Steve Jobs. Unless John Daane wants to take one for the team, Altera will never "be like Apple".


  6. "Senior MTS"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Team Lead - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Management here is very political


  7. "Altera 2015"

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    Current Employee - Principal EPM/Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Principal EPM/Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Higher Base Salary Nice Campus

    Cons

    Poor work life balance Stagnant

    Advice to Management

    Establish realistic expectations. Accept schedule-quality tradeoffs

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Foolishness disguised as wisdom, principles and pride - Thinking without logic"

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    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - There are good people here who care
    - The experience you'll get is top notch, doing lots of different things at a high level
    - Good place to build your resume for a short time and move on
    - Total comp (mostly equity) was well above average before they significantly reduced annual refreshes

    Cons

    - Senior Finance team was taken over by a small contingent from Sun including the CFO, a VP and 2 Sr Directors
    - 1 such buddie seemingly preferentially promoted to VP within months of being hired into a Director role
    - Slowly weeded out good experienced veteran talent
    - Implemented aggressive rotation policy in Finance where every employee was color coded based on tenure in your current role: red for 3+ years, yellow after 18 mos and green for < 18 mos
    - If there was no desirable job into which to rotate or you didn't like the rotation assignment they gave you after 3 years, it was explained to me that you would be no longer viewed as a leader among CFO staff and would be removed from participating in annual bonuses and stock at their sole discretion (basically, bonuses and stock were for leaders)
    - Some "chose" to leave as a result of this policy
    - CFO actually said in QBRs that organizational conflict was encouraged, and he wasn't talking about the healthy kind of conflict that comes from challenging traditional ways. He was talking about creating uncomfortable conflict with job rotations and similar types of policies.
    - CFO personality is uncomfortably awkward around others, not very socially aware and not welcoming or friendly. He wants to appear very high brow and important but I've seen him treat others disrespectfully. I have seen him many times standing outside the doors of his VPs offices peering through the glass window of their office to interrupt their meeting and making childish wanton faces and gestures such as pointing to his watch and shrugging his shoulders with his hands in the air. And I'm not talking about a funny personality quirk. It's unprofessional at best, let's just say -- not so high brow.
    - As a result, the culture in Finance is generally fearful (somewhat paranoid) and not very honest going upward but unfairly preferential and tyrannical downward
    - Long hours are common and expected 11-12+ since resources are tight and most employees have to deal with nightly calls with Malaysia. Finance department has grown minimally in headcount if at all in 3 years. There's a lot of pressure to perform with less and less resources.
    - Organizationally, back office transactional functions are located in Malaysia for cost savings reasons. The irony is, it's takes twice as long to do anything they touch because it has to be reviewed in the US and corrections/changes/edits take a day to turn around. Or longer if it's done incorrectly or they don't understand what to do which is often. Essentially each time they have a question is another full day lost. UGH!
    - Altera Finance used to have a good team


  9. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good salary, vacation days, PTO days

    Cons

    terrible management, unhealthy work environment

    Advice to Management

    treat employees with respect


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Sinking ship. Failing product lines/strategy leads to lack of managers fostering healthy work environment."

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus. Because its a smaller company, being able to see upper management/vps is a nice feature. Solidarity with coworkers of disapproval of management.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. Very high attrition rate (and forced early retirements). Severe lack of teamwork, effort by management in team building activities. Severe lack of recognition. High attrition -> lack of knowledge being passed on -> more problems and bugs. No visibility in direction of team, direction of organization, or overall strategy of projects. Stale environment (literally and figuratively) -> slow pace - takes forever to do anything. Engineers don't know whats happening , hope management knows whats happening -> but with constant re-orgs theres low hope. Low moral. Managers are more concerned about saving their own jobs, than protecting their employees and grooming their employees. Constant stabbing in the back. Lack of investment from managers in employees. Under compensated compared to market rate. A lot of politics. All managers are tenured 15+ year engineers at Altera. Severe peter principle in place.

    Advice to Management

    see "con's". Doesn't matter though, general consensus that management just doesnt care.


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