Altera Senior Member of Technical Staff Reviews

Updated Mar 3, 2016

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10 Ratings
  1. "Nice place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    A lot of smart people, interesting work

    Cons

    Frequently short staffed on projects.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work with immature management"

    4.0
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    Senior Member of Technical Staff in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Altera

    Pros

    Challenging work, nice colleages

    Cons

    Unclear requirements, specified by people that doesn't understand the technology or the product

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  3. "Altera for Apps. Engineers"

    3.0
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    Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altera for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great compensation, subsidized cafeteria, awesome campus (volleyball, bocce ball, etc.)

    Cons

    very political, highly silo'd, under-staffed

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  4. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Bayan Lepas
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Has a lot to learn. I think I am the lucky one - direct managers that I work with is good, protect the team and fight for the team. They are willing to teach as well.

    Cons

    Tight schedule. There are groups and engineers that "talk" more than "do", push the responsibility to others, and take credit from other.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Stable business, toxic culture"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intellectual property portfolio FPGA market controlled by stable duopoly of Altera and Xilinx Very nice facility 9-5 job. Some work even less.

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture Architects with proven bad ideas remain in place to generate more bad ideas Outdated IC design practices Obsolete compute infrastructure Malaysian subsidiary and San Jose headquarters are too many time zones apart

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  6. "It's a mixed bag"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    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

  7. Helpful (7)

    "Company is a train wreck"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and technology is advanced.

    Cons

    The management makes bad decisions. Always trying to lower SG&A. Product quality is being sacrificed and company reputation may be in jeopardy with customers. The decision to buy Enpirion was a dismal decision. It was made only to profit off the plight of the engineer in coming up with a PDN solution for an FPGA that requires so many power rails. What the engineer needed was an FPGA that required less rails for the pdn solution.

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  8. "Good Place to Work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation! RSU every year with Focal Bonus Event for employees.. bi-weekly beer party.. hooray!

    Cons

    Personal life balance! Too much work!

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Frequent Re-Organizations, Power Struggles"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altera full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Bright, hardworking people. Good pay and benefits. Nice campus, gym, cafeteria. Interesting technology.

    Cons

    Senior management views individual contributors as labor that must be constantly pushed, not as highly trustworthy sources of creative solutions. Decisions are decreed without much consultation with persons affected. VP power struggles and constant re-orgs leave engineers feeling they have little control over their work.

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  10. "good place to work with professional coworkers"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good business, good colleagues, work is always challenging

    Cons

    not much other experience to compare with

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