Altera Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
281 Reviews
3.3
281 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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182 Ratings

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 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.  

    Great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good working atmosphere, supportive management. Training sessions available to learn new directions in industry. Well compensated, good health insurance.

    Cons

    Many international offices, so syncing up with groups halfway across the globe can be a bit tricky (timing of meetings, etc), especially if you're not in the headquarters in San Jose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Really enjoyed working there, great atmosphere to learn and grow career-wise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good environment and challenging leading edge work

    Cons

    Not a leader in the field

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    not a bad place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    People are helpful. Good teamwork among colleagues. Latest technology adopted for product. Salary is decent and benefits are alright

    Cons

    Upper management demand a lot on deliveries but not proper reward or recognition is given when this is achieved. What is the point of asking so much when you don't reward accordingly! A lot of favoritism and politics especially on recent change of upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Passive Culture, Good People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of different divisions so can explore different avenues. Above average pay and compensation. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Employees are not champions of the technology. Just get bare minimum done in a lot of cases. Feels like career development comes to a stand still at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more aggressive, provide employees with more incentives to go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Conservative old school company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, nice work life balance

    Cons

    mediocre benefits, old culture not open to chane

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Brilliant Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Vastly enrich my industrious experience.

    Cons

    Commuting is not very convenient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cool

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  9.  

    A living hell

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    I met some nice people who understood what I was going through because they were too!

    Cons

    Managers are bullies and HR don't want to know, despite what they say in your handbook!
    The advise I'd give anyone looking to work in Altera? Trust me, don't do it!!
    Working 12 hour days and being paid for 8! No flexibility, looked down upon for having children, and made feel like you're worthless!
    I can't pinpoint a good thing that came out of my time here apart from the feeling I got when I left!
    Toxic environment with backward policies!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your middle management and listen to the "little people"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 (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
  11.  

    big company with formalities

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

    I worked at Altera full-time (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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