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Altera Reviews

Updated January 19, 2017
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  • Poor work life balance Stagnant (in 12 reviews)

  • Not much options for career advancement (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - BECOMING INTEL
    - Great working atmosphere
    - Good colleague relationship
    - Pay is not bad
    - Free breakfast on friday

    Cons

    - Now is cutting
    - Scarce testing equipments
    - Toolchain

    Advice to Management

    Plan things better
    Why 20 word minimum?Why 20 word minimum?Why 20 word minimum?Why 20 word minimum?


  2. "Inconsistent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, lots of variety, some really good people

    Cons

    Intense politics, lack of diversity, you have to "suck up" to the boss to get anywhere


  3. "Its OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Business perspective:
    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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    "not much press, but hopeless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    you can try a lot of blocks

    Cons

    mess management, two many flows that changes all the time


  6. "Ex-Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - California in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  7. "Solid company, good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Programs Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Programs Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Have to be comfortable with structure, very process driven
    not a lot of room to advance if you don't have an engineering background


  8. "Business Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people and technology, good financials

    Cons

    Conservative decision making and products


  9. "ASIC design at Altera"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A decent work life balance

    Cons

    It could be more exciting to work here


  10. "A company mainly focuses on HW, but also has a strong SW team."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Davis, CA

    I have been working at Altera part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Engineers have to work hard in the company.


  11. "Innovative bleeding edge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative company -- bleeding edge technology

    Cons

    If you're an engineer, you're golden.



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