Altera Reviews

Updated 27 September 2014
Updated 27 September 2014
275 Reviews
3.2
275 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
John P. Daane
177 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 29 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 9 reviews)

  • Senior management has a pattern of just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A Brilliant Company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in High Wycombe, England (UK)

    I have been working at Altera as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Vastly enrich my industrious experience.

    Cons

    Commuting is not very convenient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Great visibility to different departments and road maps.

    Cons

    It is highly competitive. There is not much chance to get up to the speed if you try to make a balance between work and life. you really have to work hard to get to a point that a trust from Altera veterans get acquired.

  3.  

    big company with formalities

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Hampton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Hampton, NJ (US)

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    large company, benefits ok, many good people

    Cons

    not quite job security, performance review forces low rated performer to leave.
    many rules & processes

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stable business, toxic culture

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

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intellectual property portfolio
    FPGA market controlled by stable duopoly of Altera and Xilinx
    Very nice facility
    9-5 job. Some work even less.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture
    Architects with proven bad ideas remain in place to generate more bad ideas
    Outdated IC design practices
    Obsolete compute infrastructure
    Malaysian subsidiary and San Jose headquarters are too many time zones apart

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cannot believe the poor quality of IC design work. You would think Altera had never designed a chip before. If the design contains errors, the cause must be identified and the errors must be corrected.

    Get with modern industry standard IC design practice. At least use a flow, for God's sake!

    Compared to engineer salaries, even the best computer equipment is cheap. Just buy it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting worse

    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company is financially very strong. It is in a market where there are only 2 players and extremely hard to get in.

    Cons

    Bad senior management and not valuing people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture Club

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great technology, interesting work place and a vibrant atmosphere. There is often a "panic dus jour" which keeps many people busy and not being as productive as they possibly could be otherwise.

    Cons

    Lack of time does not enable anyone to breath and be more productive by enabling strategic thinking amongst the ranks. The only real time off is between Thanksgiving and Christmas/ New Years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, good strategy

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are very friendly but the management team is not good

    Cons

    Very strict schedule, all the work base on the schedule

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company has an excellent business and compensation is quite good. Lots of interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    But workforce morale is pretty low, and it is becoming more of a politically charged place as opposed to striving for engineering excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't believe upper management has the ability to learn from and effectively correct the mistakes Altera has made in the past.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are a bunch of good people

    Cons

    No work from home policy - Officially discouraged

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Altera Review

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working environment. Suitable for engineer who want to keep learning about hardware and software. Easy to access to technical FPGA important. Good compensation as well

    Cons

    Expectation high. Heavy workload. Continous management re-org cause instability. Might hard to find it working with some of the existing manager. Some manager too protective and not open minded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continous management re-org cause instability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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