Altera

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Altera Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.1 262 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane

John P. Daane

(169 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Nice place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    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

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

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) London, England

    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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    It used to be good.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    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

     

    Great workplace, smart engineers

    Senior Design Engineer (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Prosdowntown office, professional work environment

    Conswork can be overwhelming at times

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    Facilities Operations Intern

    Facilities Operations (Current Employee) San Jose, CA (US)

    Prosgreat people and working environment

    Consnone, nothing, was a great experience to intern heee

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

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    Altera Penang is a great place to work. Workload can be high in some area.

    Information Technology (Current Employee) Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    ProsGreat teamwork, little or no office politics. Good opportunity for career development. Compensation is good is you are a star performer - you get good RSU & Bonus on top of basic salary.

    ConsWorkload can be high in some areas. Compensation is average for most people. Employee with average performance of below do not receive RSU or bonus. Turnover for employee with 5 years or less experience is high perhaps due to compensation.

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

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    Watch your back!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting technology and ambitious business goals.

    ConsExtremely political work environment. The middle level managers are driven with just one goal: do what ever it takes to save oneself from being laid-off. The top-level management runs the company by instilling fear in the employees. Employees are constantly and overtly under the threat of having their jobs outsourced to the Altera's branch in Malaysia. Its a very unhealthy work environment unless you are someone who thrives in adversarial state.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good journey so far..

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA (US)

    ProsUnique mid-size company with mature processes and financially best managed company.
    Conservative culture

    ConsToo much short term (minded) focus and approach. Growing pain (still operate as small company (~1B) as opposed to 2B/3000 employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Its an OK place

    Design Engineer (Current Employee) Hampton, NJ (US)

    Prospay & leave are good

    Consbeauracratic and too slow to implement some great ideas

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