Altera Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
280 Reviews

3.3
280 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 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.  

    Cutting edge technology

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    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
  2.  

    It's a mixed bag

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    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
  3.  

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    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
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  5.  

    Very result oriented company

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    • 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
  6.  

    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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company too preoccupied with unfair employment practice

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Penang, East Java (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Penang, East Java (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefit
    Good facility
    Excellent for playing mgmt games

    Cons

    Manage out employee is major hr policy
    Too many little napoleon
    Bosses like to hire colleague from ex company
    Intel inside vs amd inside vs ti inside
    Fire, RIF, VSS, hiring happen same time
    Secretive need to know culture
    Easily fall into cold storage
    Intellier are overpaid
    Hap hazard management
    Over worked employee
    Mgmt screw processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to reorg mgmt above director level. Need to go internal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Facilities Operations Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Altera Penang is a great place to work. Workload can be high in some area.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Technology  in  Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork, little or no office politics. Good opportunity for career development. Compensation is good is you are a star performer - you get good RSU & Bonus on top of basic salary.

    Cons

    Workload can be high in some areas. Compensation is average for most people. Employee with average performance of below do not receive RSU or bonus. Turnover for employee with 5 years or less experience is high perhaps due to compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Watch your back!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Interesting technology and ambitious business goals.

    Cons

    Extremely political work environment. The middle level managers are driven with just one goal: do what ever it takes to save oneself from being laid-off. The top-level management runs the company by instilling fear in the employees. Employees are constantly and overtly under the threat of having their jobs outsourced to the Altera's branch in Malaysia. Its a very unhealthy work environment unless you are someone who thrives in adversarial state.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sinking ship. Failing product lines/strategy leads to lack of managers fostering healthy work environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus. Because its a smaller company, being able to see upper management/vps is a nice feature. Solidarity with coworkers of disapproval of management.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs. Very high attrition rate (and forced early retirements). Severe lack of teamwork, effort by management in team building activities. Severe lack of recognition. High attrition -> lack of knowledge being passed on -> more problems and bugs. No visibility in direction of team, direction of organization, or overall strategy of projects. Stale environment (literally and figuratively) -> slow pace - takes forever to do anything. Engineers don't know whats happening , hope management knows whats happening -> but with constant re-orgs theres low hope. Low moral. Managers are more concerned about saving their own jobs, than protecting their employees and grooming their employees. Constant stabbing in the back. Lack of investment from managers in employees. Under compensated compared to market rate. A lot of politics. All managers are tenured 15+ year engineers at Altera. Severe peter principle in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    see "con's". Doesn't matter though, general consensus that management just doesnt care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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