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"In overall, Altera does a good job in FPGA compaign against Xilinx."

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Doing things in innovative ways.

Cons

Too conservertive to change. Often ignore employee's feeling.

Advice to Management

Pay more attention to employee's feeling.

Other Employee Reviews for Altera

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decent in the Semi space."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good processes
    Good company reputation
    Nice campus
    Good position in market
    Leading technology
    Strong vendor relationship
    Good position as duopoly

    Cons

    Too many processes
    No career advancement
    Poor management at every level
    No management strategy or insight
    Stale market
    No plans for growth

    Advice to Management

    Have some vision beyond bigger, faster, cheaper. Understand that your employees are your assets. Don't punish people for not agreeing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great for engineers wanting to retire"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Decent Compensation depending on what you do
    2. Good Benefits (but it was getting worse when I left)
    3. Slow relaxing pace for engineering (it takes 2x longer to build a product than other semiconductor companies)
    4. CEO is pretty decent and seems to listen to feedback
    5, Good for someone who really likes structure. Great for someone from the military.
    6. It's has improved a lot in the last few years. A few years ago, supposedly you could get fired for walking on the grass (which was against the rules)

    Cons

    Altera is a company that is in the fortunate position that fundamentally there are only 2 real players in the FPGA space so they don't have to be very innovative.

    1. You can get stuck in the FPGA space if you stay too long (See #9)

    2. Lots of politics and re-orgs

    3. Other than engineering, work-life balance can be challenging

    4. Stressful due to corporate culture and politics

    5. Binge hiring and layoffs on a regular basis. Expect to be hired for a position they laid off months before.

    6. Bad for your career if you want to learn or move up

    7. I've heard of cases where good people are forced out so they don't have to pay severance. It seems always politically motivated when it does happen. It's clearly not performance related based on what i could see.

    8. Don't expect to make friends here. This was the first place I've ever worked where i felt that i had to make friends for political reasons. I was even told by an previous employee "don't put any personal pictures up" it's considered unprofessional.

    9. FPGA space is stagnant which means more outsourcing and layoffs in the future

    Advice to Management

    Get an human resources VP that reports to the CEO! Treat your employees with more respect.

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