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Altera Reviews in Canada

Updated 20 July 2014
Updated 20 July 2014
277 Reviews

3.3
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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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  1.  

    Great workplace, smart engineers

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

    Pros

    downtown office, professional work environment

    Cons

    work can be overwhelming at times

  2.  

    Interesting research-oriented problems to work on; Great group of engineers to work with.

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented group to work with. Great opportunity to challenge yourself with several research-oriented projects.

    Cons

    Product/segment roadmaps are unclear. Unsure of growth potential of company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent people, good atmosphere. Good knowledge and sense of team. Internship program is well developed.

    Cons

    Seemingly few opportunities to advance in company, insufficient resources to complete required work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Altera Toronto Rocks!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    The people are so smart here. The work is very interesting. There is a ton of career development and the managers & directors really care. Love the free Metropass and social events.

    Cons

    Dealing with the San Jose headquarters can be challenging at times- the time zone and cultural differences can be a big deal. We never seem to have much travel budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more effort on product planning - we seem to be behind in this area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding hardwork, company direction unknown

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want to do ... make up your minds.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great tech and opportunities with some annoyances

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

    Pros

    All 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.

    Cons

    Software 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well managed. horizontal environment and somehow visibility on the things going on the executives.

    Cons

    Very conservative.Still you can not have work/life balance

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Superficial. No real experience even if you look for it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I think you can end up making a few good friends at Altera. Also they seem to pay well.

    Cons

    1) They have no real work anymore. If you come here expecting to learn something, rest assured you will plateau in only 4 months and will be stuck with making presentation slides, debugging 30 years of horrible code, and spending 50% of your day in unnecessary and useless meetings.
    2) Very unhelpful staff: Since they know they have no work, any employee who has done something significant in the past will guard that accomplishment with his life, and will never divulge the inner workings to anyone. They are all afraid of being laid off and are all stuck to their comfort zone. I have heard "I don't know the answer" more times than I cared to count, only to find that same person giving the answer out in a formal meeting. They show no willingness to show a new employee the ropes or to answer their questions.
    3) Horrible management: Irrespective of department, management always wants to cut corners and give the minimum possible functionality that a customer would like. They do not entertain their employees' willingness to think out of the box and add value to the software. They simply go "I don't think the customer will need any more than that, just code it up and lets move on". They have a broken testing infrastructure, which is why their software is extremely buggy and customers always come back with tons of complaints. Most of these complaints go unresolved.

    The only people that will defend this company are people who were there during the days of its inception, when there actually was some real work to do. New employees: avoid Altera like the Plague !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good and bad. Bad parts can drive you nuts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are smart here. You can't bet on that. And continual improvement is not just corporate speak, it's the reality of everyday work at Atlera. If you go into the right job you will learn a lot.

    Cons

    Guidance by management can be spotty depending on your manager. Pressure to perform during your ramp up can be intense. Upper management seems completely detached from what the rank and file are doing. Also extremely cost conscious, to the point that people might use the world cheap.

    Quality is not a goal. At times amateurish products are shipped as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can only squeeze so much blood from a rock. If you don't invest resources in your people and in equipment, you are never going to produce quality products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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