Altera
3.1 of 5 237 reviews
www.altera.com San Jose, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Altera Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated Mar 15, 2014
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3.7 7 reviews

                             

40% Approve of the CEO

Altera Chairman, President, and CEO John P. Daane

John P. Daane

(5 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Rewarding hardwork, company direction unknown

Intern (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

Pros-Really intelligent people
-Fun work environment
-Good low level management

Cons-Senior management has no idea what the company direction is.
-Keep changing goals.
-Laid off people without reason

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what you want to do ... make up your minds.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great tech and opportunities with some annoyances

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Altera full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAll of the problems we work on are cutting-edge, so there's always something new - so new that lots of people get to publish their work in journals.

There's always more work to do than there is time, which might seem bad but it means that if you automate your current job away, you have nothing to fear since there will always be another valuable project for you to work on.

There's a lot of room for creativity, and with some persistence you can get new projects going. People also move around frequently, with entire teams sometimes changing their mandate from one area to another. At least from a technical perspective, it's easy to get unstuck if you get bored. You can even switch from high-level software to next-generation hardware design - there aren't many places with that kind of flexibility.

ConsSoftware engineering hasn't always been valued as much as "getting things out the door," because we're ultimately about selling hardware, and the software has to be ready to do that come hell or high water. As a result, some of the code quality has suffered over the years. Similarly, our testing and building infrastructure is sub-par. Both of these appear to be improving but there's a way to go.

Advice to Senior ManagementEncouraging people to be more efficient is nice, but technical leadership and investment are needed as well.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Ok for new graduates - Stay away if you value growth in your career

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Altera full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe compensation in Toronto is good and new graduates get to do interesting work

ConsIf you value your career and are looking for a dynamic and creative place to grow, then you should definitely avoid this place.
Advice to new graduates: Don't stay here longer than a year or two.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent learning experience

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

ProsExcellent salary
TTC pass
Good location in downtown
Free breakfast once every month

ConsWork can get boring if you don't like to deal with hardware.

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Great execution, poor innovation

Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Altera full-time

ProsYou learn a great deal of excellence in execution, good pay and benefit

ConsNot for someone whose passion is innovation

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Altera is Awesome

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

I worked at Altera

ProsVery friendly people. very helpful and awesome community.

ConsThe job is very demanding and the workplace is very fast paced. If you're a smart person it's for you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Altera Toronto Tech Center

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Altera

ProsNice location, good facilities, good perks (free drinks, ping pong and foosball), very nice benefits packages and salary. Challenging work. Managers tries really hard to develop employees. Fun group to work with

ConsDemanding work. Very flat organizational structure, which means the chance of promotion to management is slim. Very competitive working environment. A lot of documentation, rules and procedures to follow.

Advice to Senior ManagementTalk to lower level staff as much as possible. They would like to know what the management are thinking. Instead of issuing a one sentence strategy statement, try to present it in a more meaningful way to individual contributor at different function.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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