Altera
3.1 of 5 238 reviews
www.altera.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Altera Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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57% Approve of the CEO

Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane

John P. Daane

(156 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer"
    in 24 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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Nice place to work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsQuiet, 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.

ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementCommunicate 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Talented Engineers working on interesting (but underfunded) work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Altera

ProsAbility 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.

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

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It used to be good.

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Altera

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Altera

ProsIf 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementConsolidate projects with single offices and give those offices more autonomy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Design Engineer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Altera

ProsWork life balance
Great working environment

ConsNo OT but replacement holiday

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove the manager-employee communication.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to start your career, smart people

Senior Design Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA (US)

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

Prospeople are collaborative, helpful. Work life balance is great. Never worked on weekends. Good recognition for the work you do.

Constoo many meetings. too aggressive schedules.

Advice to Senior Managementtoo many reorganizations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for

Advanced Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

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

ProsHardware wise, it provides good cubicle privacy, gym room, multi-storey car park, almost the best cafeteria.
Software wise, it have friendly colleagues, a lot of new knowledge can be learnt, internal/external training provided
Benefit wise, most medical needs is covered, free assorted biscuits refilled weekly, free blood test annually, team building, time-off can be applied easily

ConsCompetition with rivals cause project direction shift. Loosing man-hours, lowering compensation. You might be working on some important project now, but will need to abandon it later.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe transparent to compensation policies. Employees are more willing to work for the company if they know they are being compensated fairly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place to Work

Senior Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA (US)

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

ProsGood compensation!
RSU every year with Focal Bonus
Event for employees.. bi-weekly beer party.. hooray!

ConsPersonal life balance!
Too much work!

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many meeting. Please work on getting rid of ridiculous meeting schedule

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good, not Great

Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX (US)

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

ProsGood pay and benefits. Good work/life balance. Interesting projects from time to time.

ConsMoving from technology company to maintenance company. Always on the cutting edge for silicon nodes, but now becoming more process driven. Schedules eliminate much of the innovation.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the ship right until Intel makes a good offer. You will all be well compensated to leave after the acquisition.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good support role here are xyz projects for next year

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Altera

ProsNice campus, good cafeteria save lot of time for lunch.

ConsRe-organizations happened so often
Too many meetings and need to stay late for meetings with off-shore

Advice to Senior ManagementDefine the direction clearly and stick with it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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