Altera

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Altera Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
288 Reviews
3.3
288 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 9 reviews)

  • Senior management has a pattern of just throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    A Brilliant Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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 an 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.  

    Great Company, hard working people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Good benefits, Actually building serious technical projects. I enjoyed being given a real project to work on with mentor support

    Cons

    Office isn't very modern, everything is clean and functional, culture tends to emphasize work over life. Some eccentric people are there who don't work well with others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

  8.  

    Great working environment and healthy culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NPI Product Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - NPI Product Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Got the chances of meeting great and talented people. Working time is flexible and results oriented.

    Cons

    Salary increment is too little.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altera as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, good working atmosphere, supportive management. Training sessions available to learn new directions in industry. Well compensated, good health insurance.

    Cons

    Many international offices, so syncing up with groups halfway across the globe can be a bit tricky (timing of meetings, etc), especially if you're not in the headquarters in San Jose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Really enjoyed working there, great atmosphere to learn and grow career-wise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company in a GOOD Industry but too much politics in the DESIGN department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Altera have a bright future in the FPGA business and FPGA is the asic of tomorow (FPGA will eat all the ASIC chip).

    Cons

    The recent change in altera IC design depart have create a bad atmosphere for every one to work in. It's just too much politics at the TOP level management and this drags down the whole ICE department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the politics. Do what you mean and only say what you will do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is lost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Circuit Design
    Former Employee - Circuit Design

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Before 2009 things were really good with the company.
    Market leadership / Gaining market share / HAPPY EMPLOYEES

    Cons

    Management got lost like a puppy.
    Tried to turn the company into something that it was not.
    Left lot of employees dissatisfied. Employees were treated like slaves.
    No clear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change direction every few months.
    Treat your employees well. Not like slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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