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Altera Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
312 Reviews
3.4
312 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.  

    Altera Penang RD - Great team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People Orientated and supportive management
    Open in communications (from CEO down to RD VP to Directors)
    Plenty of Chalenging assignment. Oopportunity to work on cutting edge technology
    Talented and friendly team to work with (Penang and US)

    Cons

    Workload can be high during crunch time
    Compensation can be more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Altera is a great place to work at. Loved the team, company policies, work environment, promotes work-life balance, had a great time at the carnival

    Cons

    Altera is a great place to work at. Loved the team, company policies, work environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Stable Company but career growth limited.

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    Current Employee - Principal Member of Staff in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Staff in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Altera operates in a duopoly, so business is usually good and bonus and profit sharing happen across the board. The company is mid size, so you can actually know people from different departments. Benefits are good too and the campus is over all very nice.

    Cons

    Some department are ruled by old timers and it is very hard to grow. After several product delays, there is a sense of pessimism and resignation that things really can not change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The VP and SVPs should be held accountable for perennially delayed products. To expect engineers to deliver on unrealistic time lines again and again is a recipe for disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    You need to be self-motivated

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    work-life balance; may have more time for self-improvement and family; compensation-wise is average

    Cons

    need to be self-motivated; narrower career path; less systematic and organized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Altera as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    very competitive salary. Get to work with very very smart people. The training and daily work are very challenging, you never get bored of it.

    Cons

    work long extended hours sometimes. Get to work with very very smart people but at the same time a lot of pressure on you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good for engineers with family,

    Cons

    Pay is inconsistent, lower than market rate in certain department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review long-term employees' salaries to match the market otherwise, you are facing high turnover.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Competitive salary and benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Manager is not a good fit for their position. Communication and general people skills are lacking. Priorities constantly changing do to poor future planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A...

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    not a bad company to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    good working environment, work life balance

    Cons

    no career growth, good compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    opennessand innovation to beat competition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very positive - learned and developed a lot as an engineer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Intern Software Engineer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work environment, nature of work (very challenging and intellectually satisfying), pay and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    Long hours but this is typical nowadays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in new grads and interns!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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