Altera Engineering Manager Reviews

Updated Mar 12, 2016

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6 Ratings
  1. "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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  2. "Before Intel takeover status"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Filled with very high potential people

    Cons

    Lacks agile execution and transparency in certain organizations.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Can be a better place..."

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment with a lot of opportunity for improvement. As long as you are looking for challenges, this is the right place for you.

    Cons

    Very slow (if there is) decision making process. Everyone has something to say in almost everything. Very few people are punctual for meetings.

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "Getting worse"

    2.0
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is financially very strong. It is in a market where there are only 2 players and extremely hard to get in.

    Cons

    Bad senior management and not valuing people.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Circling the drain"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Compensation package was great. FPGAs are a great niche of the semiconductor market to be in. Product life-cycle is long, and margins are high. The basic concepts are more than 20 years old, you just have to execute . Which brings us to...

    Cons

    Execution of the silicon fabric is sub-par. A very large group of engineers simply can't get a chip out the door. Altera's main competitor is using that to increase their market share. A recent across-the-board-regardless-of-contribution layoff has pushed morale even lower than previously. "Sphere of influence" concepts are used to deny promotions selectively, while keeping VP's with 25 engineers, directors with 3 engineers etc. on the payroll.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Latest in Technology, still conservative in developing talent"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Pulau Pinang
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deals with latest state of the art semiconductor process technology and latest packages in semiconductor world. There is great opportunity to be in the leading edge space.

    Cons

    Generally takes a quite conservative approach in developing leadership and talent within the company.

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  7. Helpful (8)

    "Good engineers but political management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Good products; good technology from TSMC; strong engineers

    Cons

    VP and directors too political: employee performance is highly dependent on how well they talk instead of their actual contributions

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place if you seek stable employment, not so great if you seek career growth..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Company on a new aggressive tack. If it works out, could create growth at the expense of rivals in FPGA industry. This company achieves profitability that others aspire to.

    Cons

    Big player in a niche though profitable market. Long term growth above and beyond FPGA's and semiconductors is questionable. These factors affect professional and career growth opportunities in US locations. This place segments jobs in a way that you begin to specialize very early in your career. This leads to people being type cast in roles. That is great if its a role you like, but if not, then you will have to work extra hard to dig yourself out of that hole and try to get a diverse skill set.

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