Altera Reviews

Updated 11 September 2014
Updated 11 September 2014
273 Reviews
3.2
273 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
John P. Daane
176 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 28 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. 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 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. 1 person 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. 1 person 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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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company too preoccupied with unfair employment practice

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Penang, East Java (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Penang, East Java (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit
    Good facility
    Excellent for playing mgmt games

    Cons

    Manage out employee is major hr policy
    Too many little napoleon
    Bosses like to hire colleague from ex company
    Intel inside vs amd inside vs ti inside
    Fire, RIF, VSS, hiring happen same time
    Secretive need to know culture
    Easily fall into cold storage
    Intellier are overpaid
    Hap hazard management
    Over worked employee
    Mgmt screw processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to reorg mgmt above director level. Need to go internal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very result oriented company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    - work life balance
    - Benefit wise is consider good compared to other company.

    Cons

    - Very result oriented and everything need to be written black and white. If you didn't achieved the goal, you will be penalized during focal review.
    - Laid off took place in this 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think out of the box and value the employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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