Altera Engineer Reviews

Updated Dec 31, 2018

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Too much intelligence"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Design Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Altera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    *surrounded by talented world-class engineers, self-development can be easy. *work-life balance is great *free drinks and snaks

    Cons

    too many genius, you can feel lots of pressure. bonus is not that much for individual contributor.

    Altera2014-12-12
  2. "Good atmosphere, smart people."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PEY Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work on new technologies. Smart engineers to collaborate with. Get to take ownership on new projects that have meaningful impact in the company.

    Cons

    Some managers were not technically proficient. Hours can be long, especially around product release.

    Altera2017-07-24
  3. "Software Engineer Intern"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Interesting products for interns to work on, not just work that nobody wants to do (there's some of that) - Worked with very smart and helpful folks - Strongly connected intern group

    Cons

    - Hiring standards are heavily based on GPA (at least for interns) - Perks are a bit limited

    Altera2016-11-09
  4. "Great place to work overall"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Get to work with lots of very talented people on challenging problems - Fast-paced environment where the work never gets boring - Lots of career opportunities, especially for talented, hardworking people - Altera has developed a solid, high margin business with lots of growth potential (validated by Intel acquisition) - Company has been growing investment into R&D for several years, has strong pipeline of next generation products under development and starting to come online - Good benefit package that includes everything expected from high tech company (e.g. health, employee stock and retirements plans, free drinks, etc) - Great attitude towards employee development / training - will even pay for university courses / Master's Degree.

    Cons

    - Work can be very intense & demanding at times - Communication between remote sites can be challenging, especially when meetings must occur outside of working hours due to time zones - General uncertainty about how work environment will change after Intel acquisition

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    Altera2015-10-30
  5. "Employee since 2012"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Design Engineer in Newmarket, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera for more than 3 years

    Pros

    casual, flat organization, data orientated

    Cons

    young managers, overly ambitious peers

    Altera2015-09-15
  6. "good"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera for less than a year

    Pros

    very competitive salary. Get to work with very very smart people. The training and daily work are very challenging, you never get bored of it.

    Cons

    work long extended hours sometimes. Get to work with very very smart people but at the same time a lot of pressure on you.

    Altera2015-01-25
  7. "Two sides of the same coin"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Engineer Advanced in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    You have a great number of smart engineers around the office to work and bounce ideas with. The work is technically challenging and engaging with lots of interesting problems to solve in large scale software and semi conductor development. You feel as though you work hard, but still get to enjoy time at home as well. Base compensation is good for the region.

    Cons

    A lot of smart people might make it an intimidating place to work, and difficult to get ahead. Many of the technical challenges are self inflicted (taking on too much), result of technical debt (shortcuts in the code base) or deal with infrastructure issues. Bonuses could be higher.

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    Altera2014-12-31
  8. "Having a great time interning here"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altera for more than a year

    Pros

    Technically challenging and interesting work that requires tons of non-trivial thinking - you really develop your engineering skills and thinking skills from your day-to-day job. You meet the most talented group of people u've probably ever seen, and they're down to the earth. Great support from manager and peers - you can learn a lot from your them. Management cares about and encourages personal and career growth. Great pay compared with other tech companies in Toronto. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    More execution than innovation before you get more technical credibility. Due to the nature of EDA software and how long the code has been evolving for, the code base is huge and hard to read if you're a newbie. On top of coding and designing, you spend lots of time running tests and experiments, and our test infrastructure makes the procedure a bit slow and time-consuming.

    Altera2014-12-17
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering Altera Toronto"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Altera full-time

    Pros

    Altera Toronto is an awesome place to work. The people in the software group are hands down amazing. There is this rare combination of smarts, friendliness, and competency that makes the group a joy to work with. The lower-level managers lead by example and genuinely care about the ones they supervise. Another big plus, the office itself is situated in downtown Toronto at the intersection of two major subway lines making it highly accessible.

    Cons

    Job security is a concern. Altera makes the high risk high reward play of going all-in on FPGA technology in free market capitalism. The company has no government or regulatory protections so if the market turns against it, be it from execution problems, recession, natural disaster, or new disruptive technologies, then jobs are threatened (and they have historically been cut). Also, a great team is a double edged sword. It is very hard to stand out and expectations are high. Although this results in excellent skill development, any one of those engineers may feel that their career will advance further in a weaker company where competency is confused with talent.

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    Altera2014-12-11
  10. "Great workplace, smart engineers"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    downtown office, professional work environment

    Cons

    work can be overwhelming at times

    Altera2014-07-21
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