Linear Corporation Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Huge potential...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Huge potential for growth is starting to be realized
    Talented engineering team, both new hires and "old-timers"
    Product portfolio just screams "internet of things" if product management can only agree to make them all connected
    Project development teams are still relatively small (typically 10 engineers or less)
    Project ownership and responsibility are recognized by upper management
    Good work life balance for many (but admittedly not all)

    Cons

    Many are still struggling with recent changes and effects of company growth
    Resource growth needs to track company growth. We need to keep hiring!
    Parent company Nortek does not appear to understand what it takes to grow and attract new talent for Linear
    Benefits package is not competitive with other technology companies in the area
    Need more incentives to motivate strong performers and improve performance overall
    Need to cut loose those who are counter-productive and not performing at an acceptable level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons above. Need to fix these.
    Linear upper and middle management and Nortek need to be better aligned with Mike O'Neal's vision for the company.
    When promoting changes in the town hall meetings, know your audience. Most employees want to know how company growth and changes will improve their jobs and lot in life, not corporate financials and revenue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Opportunities, but lacking focus

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Linear Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of good people to work with and some great opportunities looking ahead. A lot of talk about changing culture and making infrastructure improvements which are needed. I would cautiously recommend them as an employer.

    Cons

    Technology falls short on a lot of products. Information is not shared well and departments do not work across functions very well. Focus changes every 6 months so hard to get momentum and realize the fruits of everyone's hard work. Compensation structures also changed yearly and often we were 3-4 months into the year before we knew how we'd get paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a course and stick with it long enough for everyone to get on board and make things happen. Continue to communicate and try to increase transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great projects and solid business model..... poor management

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lehi, UT

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of ambitious work going on. Home automation and security is a booming business with tons of opportunity for innovation. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management seem completely oblivious as to what it takes to run projects involving large scale software development. Incompetent employees are allowed to do nothing and ride on the coattails of others and inhibit progress. Poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of dead weight. Improve communication and be faster to act when it comes to hiring, performance reviews, and managing expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Relaxed environment

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - flexible hours
    - friendly managers
    - great pay
    - you get to work on different projects

    Cons

    - forced to use PTO during certain Holidays.
    - United healthcare is terrible, they nickle and dime you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good stable Environment, not a lot of action don't expect a lot of future

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    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Numbers, the company seems solid economically

    Cons

    Not a lot of future opportunities, old style management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look hard at middle management they have habits from the old days, you need to invest in new technologies talk to your engineers they care and have the solution your managers keep the feedback and are not wanting change and improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Lots of Promise - Lots of Problems

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    Current Employee - Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Company has been experiencing explosive growth - great for stability, if you're willing to live with the chaotic, dysfunctional environment & didactic methods of senior management. Generally, the 'indians' are excellent, knowledgeable people and they're dedicated to working smartly and efficiently for the company.
    With a company's growth should come opportunity for employee growth and enrichment.

    Cons

    People rarely share information with one another, especially Managers and Senior Managers. The top brass assume that everyone has ample time in their day to find out what's going on in the company's world - so they never share information about what's hot and what is the focus. They are in the know, because they participate in meetings that require them to understand what's happening. Then they keep it to themselves.

    Managers are generally clueless as to how slammed most employees are - there are too few people doing too many jobs at the mid- and lower-levels. There are few 'thanks' for a job well done, or for jumping through hoops to get work done on time at a reasonable cost, even when presented with unrealistic expectations.

    If you are in the small circle of people who have recently helped make the company grow, you're golden. If you are not in that group, management sees little value in your participation in the company (even if you are keeping the biz running as smoothly as possible).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall culture is cruddy and most people in the company are afraid to voice their issues with senior management. Some of those in management do allow for lower-level decision making, but there's not enough of that. Strageic direction of the company is rarely discussed in relation to any groups except Sales and Engineering (gotta get this deal, gotta build this product).
    Keep pushing to get all senior staff to share information with all of the teams - it did not happen with the previous regime, and it's still not happening today. Lots of talk about transparency, but its just talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Product Test Engineer

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    Current Employee - Product Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Test Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very good work place, no politics, no fight. everyone one is great and very helpful and inspire others or new employee. When I joined Linear all current employee help me a lot. Major nice thing every last friday of month, whole company celebrate bday of employees.

    Cons

    Some senior employees are very angry, if we others are late in their work or stuck in some other work then they get angry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its is hard to manage this company with these many varieties of work and people. but they can put more effort to set some extra activities like games or team lunch or team outing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Improvements in quality processes are making a better working environment. Recent addition of modern tasking and project tools is a big help. There are many talented and smart people here that I genuinely enjoy working with. It's a great day-to-day working environment.

    Cons

    There seem to be absolutely no incentives for employees at my level to extend themselves beyond what they are asked to do. The above average annual review increases I've been receiving don't come close to keeping up with inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Articulate some sort of clearly defined incentives (stock options, performance bonuses, etc.) for clearly defined goals. Those of us who have more energy and a willingness to work harder have to consider whether taking that extra energy outside will be more profitable than applying it 'in house'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    None

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have been with the company for many years and have seen all types of changes. Currently the company is working on great changes for both the employee and employer but I think there are too many going on all at once. People stepping on each others toes and running around in circles.

    Cons

    The same challengers have been with Linear - sales and operations - never having enough inventory. I think Linear should take a closer look at our products. We should focus on a smaller product line. This way less of a issue with quality, inventory and recalls. Too many VP's and upper management not enough Indians to support this growing company. Meeting and meetings - way too many. How can anyone get their work done!!! Trying brining the older employed employees wages up to meet the newer employed ones. Linear is behind the times with this one for sure. The talk around the office is that no one cares on how the older Linear employees are treated. They are being pushed aside. Sad. Company is also very political and no chance for advancement for women. People are in the same positions, some given more work with no advancement or increase in pay. Behind in reviews - some going on over a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand what your employees are telling you. Look around - Linear is not all sunshine and roses. People are getting fed up - need to take more control on the issues.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Moving forward into the 21st century...

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer

    I worked at Linear Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decades of success in product conception, design, manufacture and sales. Many talented and dedicated people, with exciting new products in the works. Revitalized management team with modernization goals to keep a competitive edge.

    Cons

    Fragmented organization – conflicting direction from upper levels. Seems to be a lack of a pervasive, shared vision for the future. Although many positive changes are in process, at the employee level there seems to be much lacking in terms of coordination and implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to employee feedback – especially the 'not so good'. Take a long, hard look at how the organization operates on a day-to-day basis - identify and remediate the dysfunctional parts. Improve interaction between engineering, technical support and end users.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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