Altera Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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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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  1. Challenging work with immature management

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work, nice colleages

    Cons

    Unclear requirements, specified by people that doesn't understand the technology or the product

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting products out before changing their purpose

  2. Staff design engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with solid financial situation, good payment, balanced work life

    Cons

    Big company style, every decision is slowly baked

    Advice to Management

    Need to reduce the layer of management and try to speed up the act

  3. Technical challenges galore

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    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You will not be bored. The technical challenges are unique and always changing. The technology is cutting edge and literally runs the world.

    R&D management is very good. This is an engineer's company.

    Cons

    Bonus program hasn't worked well for the past few years.

    We take on too much, which stretches R&D thin. The products are an enormous team effort, so it requires a lot of collaboration, which in turn requires some top-down goal setting.

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer things better.

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  5. MTS

    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    There are many opportunity for now, since they re-org the whole ICD team.
    You can try your luck at here.

    Cons

    It is very unstable. All of the team need a long time to stable and difficult to need the demanding schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Don't know what to say. Any way need to learn how to manage the new challenge from the new process.node is a key.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Well established firm in the programmable logic market, aggressively moving to advanced process nodes

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    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Altera offers one of the most varied option of careers in the industry. Altera is involved in Hardware R&D on advanced process nodes, Software R&D on high-level synthesis, EDA tools (e.g Quartus), IP design, SoC design, Transceiver design, Driver development and so much more. Altera also has a firm stronghold in the FPGA market (one member of a duopoly), thus there is less pressure on day-to-day survivability of a company, unlike a startup. Altera also has an risk-taking and innovative culture, despite being in a duopoly. Each generation of FPGA brings with it new capabilities that affects customers. Altera invests in R&D and is very willing to bring new ideas to market. Altera is also a very diverse company, with operations in many countries.

    Cons

    Altera can sometimes be extremely aggressive and set unrealistic goals, which is unexpected for a company in an entrenched market position. Altera is also still learning it's way on methodologies of larger scale designs on advanced process nodes.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic schedules and follow through with it

  7. Wonderful culture of inclusion.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Executive management is open to input from all levels of employees.

    Cons

    The company is not very large so long term opportunities are somewhat limited.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to employees, as you do. Maybe consider some higher risk investments, which might lead to a new customer base.

  8. Expectation from Altera

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall good compensation benefit vs average company

    Cons

    high stress high expectation, resource constraint & overload

  9. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is taken very seriously. When a manager leaves they will take their time to find the perfect fit. Sometimes this can take a little too long but it's worth it in the end. I've had several managers here and each of them are accommodating and care about my progress professionally and technically. They encourage you to follow your passion even if it means leaving their team.
    The work is challenging, interesting, and everyone is willing to help out. Cross functional collaboration is simple and easy. Everyone is punctual and professional as well. Food is pretty good, there are activities to distract yourself when you need a break, and the company is headed in a good direction. Salary and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Sometimes I get the feeling that management is not transparent at all. They can be difficult to read.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to tell me what I'm doing wrong. It will help me grow in the right direction.

  10. completely easy to work and good environment

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    Former Employee - FAE in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - FAE in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Altera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    work balance and life balance is considered as importnt

    Cons

    very conservative and steady moving

    Advice to Management

    need to be flexible and willing to change

  11. Helpful (1)

    Pays well, has changed a lot in past decade.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    There is a culture of solving the problem at hand rather than assigning blame. Compensation seems okay. Some departments allow non-traditional working hours and arrangements. The push for more diversity in management seems to be coming from a genuine desire to improve decision making and outcomes.

    Cons

    The ranking system at review time really puts too much pressure on middle managers. I think the whole '10%'ers system is outdated and has proven to be ineffective. Perhaps Altera's system isn't as strict and public as Microsoft's was before they abandoned it, but in some groups, it can have a toxic effect.

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying 'hairy audacious goal'. Enough with preaching about 'innovation' in general.

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