- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
- BECOMING INTEL
- Great working atmosphere
- Good colleague relationship
- Pay is not bad
- Free breakfast on friday
- Now is cutting
- Scarce testing equipments
Advice to Management
Plan things better
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I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 3 years)
Interesting technology, lots of variety, some really good people
Intense politics, lack of diversity, you have to "suck up" to the boss to get anywhere
I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 8 years)
Altera to become part of Intel by Jan 2016, for at least 2016 the main business and company structure to remain the same. From one point of view it's good since it's predictable. Also time being part of Intel may give Altera's current employee better career opportunity. Business cycle is defined by flagship product development cycle, so it's known in advance.
Too much bureaucracy for an office (San Jose, CA) with 1500 headcount. Synergy with Intel is not clear. Poor history (last couple of products) of delivering core products in time, with good quality and withing a reasonable budget
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I have been working at Altera full-time
you can try a lot of blocks
mess management, two many flows that changes all the time
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.
I worked at Altera full-time (More than 8 years)
good leadership, very profitable, invests in employee development, cares about employees and employee moral, good medical benefits, ESPP, stock grants for all levels of employees.
Have to be comfortable with structure, very process driven
not a lot of room to advance if you don't have an engineering background
I worked at Altera full-time (More than 10 years)
Good people and technology, good financials
Conservative decision making and products
A decent work life balance
It could be more exciting to work here
I have been working at Altera part-time (Less than a year)
Payment is a little better than other simi-conduct companies, and the FPGA which is their main product is still occupying a lot of market. It is expected to be better since it is bought by Intel.
Engineers have to work hard in the company.
I have been working at Altera (More than 8 years)
Innovative company -- bleeding edge technology
If you're an engineer, you're golden.
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