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Updated October 20, 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)

Cons
  • Limited career growth options, salary could be better, less focus on retention and more focus on new hires (in 10 reviews)

  • Middle management very happy to exercise power of "NO" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for interns to start your career!"

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    Former Employee - PEY Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - PEY Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers! I learned a lot during my internship here.

    Cons

    The employee benefits seem to be dropping since Intel's take-over.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Altera Review"

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    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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    Former Intern - PEY Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - PEY Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people and interesting projects. Good work culture. Perks like free food and beer are also nice.

    Cons

    Fpgas are difficult to deal with


  4. "Great"

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    Former Intern - Graduate Product Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Graduate Product Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Altera as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work on latest FPGA'S

    Cons

    Some teams working on same issue were not in sync.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing Manager"

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    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


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. 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.


  9. "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


  10. "Finance Intern"

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    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Intern - Financial Analyst Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, great personable employees, great learning experience. I really enjoyed my time here! I would recommend to anyone looking to learn about finance in practice and meet a solid establishment that is successful.

    Cons

    Company was merging so the amount of work for a new intern was very low. Not a lot of tasks I could complete. Felt like I was mooching little bit. Still great!

    Advice to Management

    Establish more tasks that interns can do. Nothing else really. Ability to do one on one meetings with anyone on staff was really helpful, nice touch.


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