Linear Technology
3.8 of 5 41 reviews
www.linear.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 22, 2014

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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier

Lothar Maier

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Desin Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

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

ConsNot every group's performance can meet Linear's standard. There are still poorly managed, low productive groups eating company's profit.

Advice to Senior ManagementEach 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good

Design Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsVery intelligent driven coworkers
Free flowing circuit idea sharing
Sabbaticals
Work life balance
Very little red tape & bureaucracy compared to similar companies

Consvery few opportunities for advancement (which does NOT mean your compensation stays stagnant too)
management swears a lot
need to develop superior products with inferior equipment and technology

Advice to Senior Managementswear less and update technology in lab. there's quite a bit of design inefficiency from not having the right equipment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at Linear Technology

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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work.

Associate Design Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsGood place to learn. Some of the top people in the industry work at Linear. People are treated fairly, and the upper management does things that make sense. In 2008 we had a minor layoff, a 10% pay cut and furlough days, which was much better than the big layoffs (about 25-33%) our competitors had. Excellent profit sharing and very good benefits. Ever 5 years employees get a sabbatical, which is fantastic! Several design centers across USA, and a few internationals ones.

ConsYou will work much harder than most other places. Transferring between product lines is discouraged, but not impossible. Equipment budgets are tight.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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very good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Linear Technology

Prosgood environment, good people, good salary

Consgrowth is very slow, need to expand

Advice to Senior Managementneed more management level

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good company with that's well managed.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsCompany is very stable. It has good profit sharing benefit. Most people work hard and know what they're doing. Managers supports their people.

ConsRaises are not that good

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management doesn't seem to care much with most of their employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsGood compensation
good communication within engineering team
got exposure to a large range of things
engineering atmosphere is good if staying in the right team

ConsNot much professional training
Not many chances for promotion
Sometimes, the large work load can prevent you from learning new things.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn fact, I think the management did what they were supposed to do.

Maybe, as employee, people may think the management shall do more things for them. But the management did their work for the company and for big shareholder. So no big complain.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsProfit sharing
Sharing of ideas about circuits

ConsSomewhat dated facilities and equipment

Advice to Senior ManagementQuarterly meetings and q and a are very helpful

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for analog circuits

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

ProsIf 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBe less stingy with money for lab equipment and offer more paid time off.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A Mixed Bag (Like Almost Anywhere)

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

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

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementDo more to differentiate the treatment of your excellent and not so excellent employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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