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
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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.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Altera full-time for 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
  2.  

    Talented Engineers working on interesting (but underfunded) work.

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    • 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It used to be good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    It's a mixed bag

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    big company with formalities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable business, toxic culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Culture Club

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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