Linear Technology Interview Questions & Reviews in San Jose, CA
Getting an Interview
Associate Applications Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Linear Technology in April 2008.
Interview Details – Interviewed for 2 different departments with similar openings in the same day. Arrived early in the morning, visiting with multiple department engineers over the course of several hours. Quizzed on various fundamental and "tricky" questions. Finally, discussed with the department assistant manager about the company culture, department goals & requirements, and general personality questions.
After breaking for lunch, was led to second round of interviewing for other position, with similar format, again speaking with several department engineers. Occasionally had difficulty answering questions due to language barrier confusion with some, but generally was not felt overwhelmingly pressured or intimidated at a psychological level by the process.
Interview Question – What is the frequency response of different types of capacitors and why would you use one or the other? (Ceramic, electrolytic) View Answer
Negotiation Details – Following the interview, acceptance was not indicated for at least 3 weeks even with follow-up emails. Delay due to semi-annual sales conference. Negotiations were non-existent due to the expectation that the counter-offer would likely not be accepted.
Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Linear Technology in March 2012.
Interview Details – If you want to be a design engineer at Linear, besides knowing circuit fundamentals (R's, C's, L's) you really have to know your transistors. Current mirrors, current sources, diff pairs, cascoding, matching, op-amps, etc. You should also know control systems, noise gain, miller effect, etc. Last but not least, a knowledge of device structure, physics, and non-idealities is necessary. Some companies pride themselves in being able to train monkeys to be design engineers, but Linear only accepts the very best.
Interview Question – For an op-amp with 1kOhm output impedance and 1MHz GBP (1st order gain rolloff), operated as a follower and driving a capacitive load, what value of capacitance will bring the phase margin to 45 degrees? View Answer
Design Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 5 days - interviewed at Linear Technology in March 2009.
Interview Details – Coordination of the interview was professional. Interview consisted of 7-8 1-on-1 interviews at remote site and 7-8 1-on-1 interviews at HQ. Interviewers were very thorough: one of them had 3-4 pages of printed questions for me to go through with little help. If you know your fundamentals, you'll do well.
Interview Question – Discuss the benefits cascode devices have on PSRR performance. View Answers (2)
Reason for Declining – Wasn't excited about remote location.