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Altera Reviews

Updated 25 January 2015
Updated 25 January 2015
311 Reviews
3.4
311 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.  

    A Brilliant Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in High Wycombe, England
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in High Wycombe, England

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (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.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Quiet, Hardworking, Friendly environment. Everyone gets along and there's a lot of experts within the office which brings the standard of the entire office up.Within the office there are plenty of opportunities outside of work - a football team, badminton, gym on site (uk office) etc.

    Cons

    As an American company it's often difficult in the UK office to interact with teams from different offices, often the atmosphere feels like the company doesn't value the areas outside of their core IC design and ACDS suite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the key goals of each department rather than just the company as a whole. Engineers tend to be left out of the loop when it comes to matters outside of their department and that often causes problems later on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Talented Engineers working on interesting (but underfunded) work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Ability to work on all aspects of the product development, from design, implementation through to customer support.
    Innovation is encouraged (but not necessarily rewarded or funded).
    Really talented engineers work at Altera.
    Most of the work done is challenging and intellectually stimulating.

    Cons

    Very conservative culture.
    The planning process is long and contrived, and approval seems to be made without proper consideration.
    A lot of work is now going to "low cost centers" around the world.
    Marketing and Engineering are miles apart, leading to confusion about priority of work.
    Projects are often under-resourced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more fluid movement of people to projects. The required skills need to be matched to the appropriate people.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Probably great at head office, remote offices can be frustrating to work at.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    If you are into FPGA technology, it is the place to work. Lots of interesting projects going on if you can get on one of them.

    The High Wycombe office has a good social environment to it. Lots of extracurricular activities and a pretty good christmas party.

    Cons

    Senior managements flip flopping. For example satellite office communication to main office is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate projects with single offices and give those offices more autonomy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It used to be good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    They have a table football table (for the next couple of weeks at least...).

    Cons

    Few opportunities as jobs are shipped off to other countries. Very slow moving for new ideas and management is constantly a hindrance to innovation. Training budgets have been drastically cut, it is almost impossible to get yourself booked onto a training course even if it is important for your job. As with most sinking ships the rats are starting to abandon, and unfortunately the good ones seem to be leaving first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Improve employee morale by taking their opinions into account, and giving feedback about company vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Altera Penang RD - Great team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Altera

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Stable Company but career growth limited.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging and potentially rewarding work

    Cons

    sometimes a little too competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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