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Altera Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
298 Reviews
3.3
298 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 31 reviews)

  • You have the opportunity to work on interesting, cutting edge technology (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Still you can not have work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Not much options for career advancement (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Interning at Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    It's hard to think of a better place in the GTA to work as a computer engineering intern. You'll feel challenged, work with incredibly smart people. Working there as an intern, you will be given significant responsibilities and will feel like you are making a real impact. Altera is a really cutting edge technology company, and I can't think of many companies where you get to be at the forefront of technological innovation. Knowing that you are contributing to building the technological infrastructure of the 21st century is what gets many to show up at work every day.

    Cons

    Learning curve can be steep. Expectations can be quite high, as everyone is extremely hard working and competent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain company culture as it is growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Marketing Internship in San Jose

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Altera (more than an year)

    Pros

    Altera has been very good about my personal growth; they provided funding for professional development training including project management courses and conference admission fees. They also provided funding for employee moral events such as running events and team outings. Coworkers are generally receptive to questions and are very keen to help other employees.

    Cons

    Much more experienced employees, so there is a knowledge and age gap between interns/new hires and other employees. Employee base is male dominated.

  3.  

    Having a great time interning here

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Technically challenging and interesting work that requires tons of non-trivial thinking - you really develop your engineering skills and thinking skills from your day-to-day job. You meet the most talented group of people u've probably ever seen, and they're down to the earth. Great support from manager and peers - you can learn a lot from your them. Management cares about and encourages personal and career growth. Great pay compared with other tech companies in Toronto. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    More execution than innovation before you get more technical credibility. Due to the nature of EDA software and how long the code has been evolving for, the code base is huge and hard to read if you're a newbie. On top of coding and designing, you spend lots of time running tests and experiments, and our test infrastructure makes the procedure a bit slow and time-consuming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best job I've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    At Altera Toronto, you get to work with some of the smartest and most innovative people in the industry. Several people here literally written the book on FPGAs, and working alongside them is an amazing experience.

    You also get to work on some really cool, innovative projects that have the potential of changing the industry. Some of our interns leave with patents!

    And finally the office atmosphere is just fun. We do tons of social events, a ski trip in the winter, beach picnic in the summer, and a bunch of other stuff. Plus free drinks and free metro-passes.

    Cons

    Being surrounded by brilliant people is a double edged sword, because you have to be able to keep up with them. If you can't, you're not gonna have a good time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus less on short-term goals and more on doing the right thing for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too much intelligence

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    *surrounded by talented world-class engineers, self-development can be easy.
    *work-life balance is great
    *free drinks and snaks

    Cons

    too many genius, you can feel lots of pressure.
    bonus is not that much for individual contributor.

  7.  

    Software Engineering Altera Toronto

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Altera Toronto is an awesome place to work. The people in the software group are hands down amazing. There is this rare combination of smarts, friendliness, and competency that makes the group a joy to work with. The lower-level managers lead by example and genuinely care about the ones they supervise.

    Another big plus, the office itself is situated in downtown Toronto at the intersection of two major subway lines making it highly accessible.

    Cons

    Job security is a concern. Altera makes the high risk high reward play of going all-in on FPGA technology in free market capitalism. The company has no government or regulatory protections so if the market turns against it, be it from execution problems, recession, natural disaster, or new disruptive technologies, then jobs are threatened (and they have historically been cut).

    Also, a great team is a double edged sword. It is very hard to stand out and expectations are high. Although this results in excellent skill development, any one of those engineers may feel that their career will advance further in a weaker company where competency is confused with talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust leads to better teamwork. There is trust within engineer but much skepticism between engineering and marketing... much much skepticism. This is a classic problem but should be considered and dealt with.

  8.  

    Amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Advanced Test Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Advanced Test Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing place to work with amazing people doing amazing thing.

    Cons

    Must willing to learn and explore the new technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Can be a better place...

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager

    I have been working at Altera full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging environment with a lot of opportunity for improvement. As long as you are looking for challenges, this is the right place for you.

    Cons

    Very slow (if there is) decision making process. Everyone has something to say in almost everything. Very few people are punctual for meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower middle management and others more. This is the only way to improve accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stagnant Company

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pleasant, modern work environment with competitive pay and benefits. The FPGA market has been very profitable over the last decade leading to a very stable business environment, perhaps too stable.

    Cons

    Management is hugely risk averse and won't go in new directions unless their main rival leads the way. Many senior employees have been there for decades which indicates a certain stability but also leads to tunnel vision and lack of capability or will to go after different business opportunities outside of classic FPGA. Don't expect many opportunities to engage in innovative work. It's more like: let's keep recycling the old ideas and make some tweaks here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some vision and take a few risks in new ventures otherwise you risk becoming a dinosaur. Stop dreaming that FPGAs will displace ASICs - that game has been played out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Good company. Lots of challenging work.

    Cons

    Need some time to rebalance every now and then.

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