Linear Technology
3.7 of 5 43 reviews
www.linear.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier

Lothar Maier

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72% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Stagnant Stock price and people see it for the sweat shop it is.

    Test Manager (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsGet to work with some smart people.

    ConsAnnual reviews focus more on negatives than positive. Max 5% raises, even during good times. Meager stock awards. A "Cover your ass" mentality. Lots of cussing and unprofessionalism from management. Design is king, all other depts are step children and abused. Some engineers are buddy buddy with their boss and able to slack off, you end up having to pick up the slack. Very little chance for career growth. No training provided. VERY HARD to get needed equipment (it took 2 years to get adequate chairs on test floor, people used to stand at terminals).

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shut down after shut down

    Mixed Signal Test Eng Manager (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsGood technical people
    Stock USED to be good - but not anymore.

    ConsThe management STILL think they are running a startup and they are doing everyone a favor by letting them work there. The still think everyone there will get rich and work them hard.

    Those same technical people are very arrogant. Coupled with a CYA environment it can be very frustrating to learn since they'll jump all over your but if you admit you don't know something.

    Profit sharing has been decreasing ALOT. I remember when it went as high as 68% but now it stays in the high 30's. Not good. Especially with the lower salaries.

    Old equipment. Mgmt is good at encouraging employees to save money. In the past that effort was rewarded with higher profit sharing. Nowadays, there is no incentive to slog through using old equipment and making my job tougher. Especially since I'll never benefit from my effort to save money.

    Very little opportunity for advancement.

    Mngment has given up ALOT of business and the company has had slow growth.

    Things they say in EVERY quarterly meeting:
    1) Keep your nose to the grind stone!!!! -- (so mngmnt can benefit while the workers are stiffed)

    2) Wall street doesn't like us but they'll soon see how good we are --- It's been over a decade and wall street hasn't noticed yet. WTF is mgmnt smoking?!?!?!

    3) Let's keep costs down --- So mgmnt can benefit while they keep lowering profit sharing?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't be misled!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProfit sharing, good people outside most management. If you're a tech, you fare pretty well with the incentives such as floating holiday accrual, attendance bonus and sick time accrual. There is a quarterly ERT bonus paid to ERT members. Sabbatical after 5-yrs.

    Cons4 of the last 5-yrs have been with shutdowns. Shutdowns are defined as idling the plant for anywhere from 2-days to 2-weeks. It's been as frequent as 1-week a month (for an entire year) to one week+/qtr (current). You can take it unpaid, file for unemployment or burn your vacation. Many people save their semi-annual profit sharing checks to help float them through the company defined shutdowns because unemployment doesn't cut it for most folks and vacation time goes quicker than you can accrue it with the shutdowns. So, effectively, you get no profit sharing because shutdowns eat it and you can rarely take the vacation time when you want because you use most, if not all of it on the shutdowns. Little to no opportunity for advancement. HR is effectively non-existent so don't expect any support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere's more fat to be trimmed. Consider this before mandating more shutdowns.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Little incentive for growth or advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProfit sharing in the range of 20-30% twice per year. 6-8 week long sabbatical every five years.

    ConsNo incentive for growth. There are very few management positions available, especially for women. It's basically a boy's club. The hiring structure is focused on bringing in design engineers (99.9% male). Everyone else is looked upon as catering to the design community, and as such, not valued. The structure of the company is scattered. There is no centralized IT. Each department fends for itself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis company has millions it could invest in its employees, yet it sits on the cash, year after year. When we ask for anything extra, like a gym, basketball courts or even a couch in the women's restroom, the answer is always 'no', in spite of the wealth of cash on hand this company has. This year, in spite of how well we're doing, our annual salary increases were decreased to 4% maximum (down from 5%). Sabbaticals every five years and the 20-30% profit sharing bonuses we receive twice yearly are not enough to address the growing morale problem that exists company wide. Management needs to loosen the purse strings, provide some incentive for advancement (especially for non-design, non-male employees) and realize that the 'supporting' departments are just as vital to the company's well-being as the design department is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable company

    Product Marketing Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsLTC has great engineers to work with.

    ConsLTC is very conservative and pragmatic

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    Milpitas, CA

    ProsProfit sharing is good and compensates for mediocre salary

    ConsAfter many years here, feel like I'm being treated more like a grunt than a contributing employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe 'bottom line' is important, but so are your loyal people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsProducts are high performance, robust and reliable. Engineers have the right attitude to make things right at the very first try. LTC has interesting innovation in IC development.

    ConsLTC is a conservative company. Upper and senior managements don't usually take risk and implement big changes. If they find a way that works, they stick with that way until something catastrophic happens.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI can't think of anything to say now. Consider the current economic condition, the company is in a relatively good position and make good profits when the economy becomes better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you love analog design and want to work for the best analog design house ....

    Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsA chance to work with some of the best analog design engineers in the industry. You will have a chance to learn from the best. Whereas the base salaries may be lower than some to the competing companies, they have some of the most lucrative profit sharing in the industry that more than make up for it.

    ConsThe work environment can be quite aggressive and intimidating. Also, if you are not part of the "in-crowd," you may consider yourself a second class citizen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLighten' up a bit, please.

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    Repetative

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    ProsThe bennies....401k, vision, dental, medical, profit sharing.

    ConsUnintelligent people. Lack of authority.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to get the people that do not know what they are doing out of there and get some people who know what they are doing and can perform.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company if you value stability

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLow 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.

    ConsSeems 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 Senior ManagementModernize internally. It will help productivity greatly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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