Altera Reviews

Updated May 23, 2020

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Lots of things to do.

    Cons

    Workload can pile up fast. Don't slack.

  2. "Good internship"

    5.0
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    Intern in Toronto, ON
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altera

    Pros

    Learned a lot and collaborated with a bunch of people

    Cons

    Worked too hard (including some weekends)

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    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    -Possibly the highest concentration of competent, intelligent engineers in the city. You will learn a ton by working in this environment. -Free drinks and snacks -Flexible hours -Continuing education program (allows you to take courses part-time, and pays for them too!). -Excellent benefits

    Cons

    -High expectations of employees, which can lead to long working hours -My cubicle is in a noisy part of the office...

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    "Too much intelligence"

    5.0
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    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.

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    "Best job I've ever had"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Altera Toronto, you get to work with some of the smartest and most innovative people in the industry. Several people here literally written the book on FPGAs, and working alongside them is an amazing experience. You also get to work on some really cool, innovative projects that have the potential of changing the industry. Some of our interns leave with patents! And finally the office atmosphere is just fun. We do tons of social events, a ski trip in the winter, beach picnic in the summer, and a bunch of other stuff. Plus free drinks and free metro-passes.

    Cons

    Being surrounded by brilliant people is a double edged sword, because you have to be able to keep up with them. If you can't, you're not gonna have a good time.

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    "Software Engineering Altera Toronto"

    5.0
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    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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    "Altera Toronto Rocks!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Altera full-time for 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.

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  8. "Altera Toronto Rocks"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything about the office is pretty good. Pretty good salary, location, work, people. Nice office too. I've really enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    Every once in a while headquarters seems to do something random.

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  9. "Altera is Awesome"

    5.0
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    Design Engineer in Toronto, ON
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    Approves of CEO

    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.

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    "Altera Toronto Tech Center"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    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.

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