Altera Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
279 Reviews

3.3
279 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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182 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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    • 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
  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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    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
  6.  

    Cutting edge technology

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Altera Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer, Member of Technical Staff in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working environment. Suitable for engineer who want to keep learning about hardware and software. Easy to access to technical FPGA important. Good compensation as well

    Cons

    Expectation high. Heavy workload. Continous management re-org cause instability. Might hard to find it working with some of the existing manager. Some manager too protective and not open minded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continous management re-org cause instability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very result oriented company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    - work life balance
    - Benefit wise is consider good compared to other company.

    Cons

    - Very result oriented and everything need to be written black and white. If you didn't achieved the goal, you will be penalized during focal review.
    - Laid off took place in this 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think out of the box and value the employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great workplace, smart engineers

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

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    downtown office, professional work environment

    Cons

    work can be overwhelming at times

  11.  

    Facilities Operations Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Facilities Operations  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Facilities Operations in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Altera as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great people and working environment

    Cons

    none, nothing, was a great experience to intern heee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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