Altera Reviews in Toronto, ON

Updated 20 July, 2014
Updated 20 July, 2014
277 Reviews
3.2
277 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great workplace, smart engineers

    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than an year)

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera full-time

    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.  

    Altera Toronto Rocks!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

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

    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
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  5.  

    Rewarding hardwork, company direction unknown

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Intern in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great tech and opportunities with some annoyances

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    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
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  8.  

    Excellent learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Altera as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great execution, poor innovation

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not for someone whose passion is innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Altera is Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Very friendly people. very helpful and awesome community.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Altera Toronto Tech Center

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Nice 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

    Cons

    Demanding 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 ManagementAdvice

    Talk 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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