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"Good FPGA company"

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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
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Good tech, good products and good working environment.

Cons

Still need to innovate many to catch up leader.

Other Employee Reviews for Altera

  1. Helpful (5)

    "The company is in a troubled phase"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice environment/location in Silicon Valley.
    There are pockets of intelligent people.
    Nice market segment with few competitors.

    Cons

    Upper and middle management are very detached. Also not motivated or hard working.
    Recent products are less cost competitive and technically deficient versus the competition.
    In general, the Altera workforce lacks enthusiasm and aggressiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Very few people in upper and middle management have the enthusiasm, strength or courage to do a bit of extra work on their own in order to turn Altera around. Management needs to lead by example.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Circling the drain"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation package was great.
    FPGAs are a great niche of the semiconductor market to be in. Product life-cycle is long, and margins are high. The basic concepts are more than 20 years old, you just have to execute . Which brings us to...

    Cons

    Execution of the silicon fabric is sub-par. A very large group of engineers simply can't get a chip out the door. Altera's main competitor is using that to increase their market share. A recent across-the-board-regardless-of-contribution layoff has pushed morale even lower than previously.
    "Sphere of influence" concepts are used to deny promotions selectively, while keeping VP's with 25 engineers, directors with 3 engineers etc. on the payroll.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on execution. Manage low performers and toxic employees out. Be honest with engineers about the market challenges, and stop the "We're just about to take over the world" speeches.
    Apply organizational structures uniformly and fairly.


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