Linear Technology

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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
45 Reviews
3.7
45 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you value stability

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linear Technology (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Modernize internally. It will help productivity greatly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Consistently stable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Industry-leading OTJ in Power Electronics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Company is very conservatively run with predictable and stable performance even in tough economic times as these. Highly intelligent, capable, and experienced R&D/factory engineers interface with industry-best global field sales teams. Business units and shallow internal hierarchy fosters easier inter- and intradepartmental cooperation.

    Cons

    Base compensation is sub-par, sometimes leading to lowered morale & motivation. Benefits and amenities are seen as mediocre, with the occasional accusation of the company being "cheap" at the expense of comfort and even functionality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    awesome place to learn analog IC design

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    smart people
    relatively flat management hierarchy

    Cons

    no work from home for interns !

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    design engineer

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Results and income are tightly related

    Cons

    Very flat org and noone leaves so very little advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic work environment, very skilled engineers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Great place to learn integrated circuit design from one of the most experienced companies in the field. Very little bureaucracy to contend with.

    Cons

    Prone to industry ups and downs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To expand product scope to new markets that may be a bit outside core competencies and look at designing higher level products that can go direct to consumers in addition to b2b products.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Profit sharing
    Sharing of ideas about circuits

    Cons

    Somewhat dated facilities and equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quarterly meetings and q and a are very helpful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant Stock price and people see it for the sweat shop it is.

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

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Get to work with some smart people.

    Cons

    Annual 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Lighten' up a bit, please.

    Approves of CEO

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