Altera Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
276 Reviews
3.2
276 Reviews
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Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane
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178 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Average work load and work life balance as a design engineer (in 30 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A Brilliant Company

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    • 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.  

    Good Place to work.

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

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Great visibility to different departments and road maps.

    Cons

    It is highly competitive. There is not much chance to get up to the speed if you try to make a balance between work and life. you really have to work hard to get to a point that a trust from Altera veterans get acquired.

  8.  

    Passive Culture, Good People

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of different divisions so can explore different avenues. Above average pay and compensation. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Employees are not champions of the technology. Just get bare minimum done in a lot of cases. Feels like career development comes to a stand still at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more aggressive, provide employees with more incentives to go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Conservative old school company

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

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, nice work life balance

    Cons

    mediocre benefits, old culture not open to chane

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cutting edge technology

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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