Linear Technology Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very Good for very technically oriented

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very technically oriented. Good profit sharing. High morality standards.

    Cons

    Can be very technically demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Linear prides itself on sharing the wealth by telling employees that pay consists of salary + profit sharing + stock. But senior management and key employees also have performance and other bonuses. This seems unfair.


  2. A Mixed Bag (Like Almost Anywhere)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Linear has some incredibly talented employees and there are many opportunities to learn if you search for the right mentors.

    Cons

    There are some not so talented employees making it important that you take the effort to find those who can help you grow. Leadership also varies wildly between groups.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to differentiate the treatment of your excellent and not so excellent employees.


  3. Great place for analog circuits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to work with some of the smartest people in the field of analog circuits, this is the place. There are top notch engineers all around and everyone is doing challenging and educational work. You have a lot of individual responsibility for your own project. Flat hierarchy with high employee retention. Rewarding profit sharing program and paid sabbatical.

    Cons

    The benefits package is a bit lacking (no vision insurance). Stingy corporate culture; the company is reluctant to spend money on computers and lab equipment. Minimal vacation days.

    Advice to Management

    Be less stingy with money for lab equipment and offer more paid time off.


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  5. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing Sharing of ideas about circuits

    Cons

    Somewhat dated facilities and equipment

    Advice to Management

    Quarterly meetings and q and a are very helpful


  6. Helpful (1)

    Old fashioned, but a good place to work. Profit sharing was always nice.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Profit sharing 2x a year -Lots of good competent technical people (design, apps, FAEs) -Not a whole lot of middle management, they run a lean operation -Chances to do a lot of little things and grow on the job

    Cons

    -Not a whole lot of middle management, not much career advancement possible -Not a lot of change, which is both good and bad. They keep doing good things well, but how long can that continue to work in a mature market like analog ICs -Profit sharing 2x a year, whether you're a slacker or a superstar, everyone gets the same percentage

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to get out and see customers. Don't get too reliant on FAEs to do all of your product definition. Don't be afraid to take business at slightly lower margin to hold onto existing sockets.


  7. design engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desin Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Desin Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Linear as a whole is well managed. Good business model, high profit margin. Good quality control in matured product lines. Not necessary high tech.

    Cons

    Not every group's performance can meet Linear's standard. There are still poorly managed, low productive groups eating company's profit.

    Advice to Management

    Each product line manager is an anchor. with Linear's money, a superstar should be hired as the anchor. An incompetent manager is unlikely to hire good engineers.


  8. awesome place to learn analog IC design

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart people relatively flat management hierarchy

    Cons

    no work from home for interns !


  9. Consistently stable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid in most areas. Good engineering talent especially in Design and Applications. Can be financially rewarding and job security is good. 4 or 6 week (depending on position) sabbatical every 5 years in addition to normal vacation.

    Cons

    Company culture is somewhat stuffy, especially considering that it is a high tech company. Company tends to really adhere to the phrase "do more with less". Demanding.


  10. Helpful (2)

    good work place for new grad.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Eng in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Eng in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    many experienced design engineer in the company. strong in technology and team spirit.

    Cons

    flat structure, little growth room for career path.

    Advice to Management

    time to change in a dynamic market. old principle worked 20 years ago may not work today.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great company if you value stability

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linear Technology (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low pressure office atmosphere and always surrounded by very intelligent people. If you like a no no-BS kind of workspace then this is it. Attrition is also very low as they value their employees.

    Cons

    Seems to be perpetually stuck 10 years in the past when it comes it infrastructure and IT. They may make some of the highest performing analog ICs in the world but software and IT are definitely not up to snuff for a midsized company.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize internally. It will help productivity greatly.



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