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

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Updated Jul 10, 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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    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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    Marketing Distribution Specialist (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat benefits
    not a lot of over time
    low stress

    Consvery narrow window for growth
    all men in management
    low pay
    little support from managers
    no structure
    suggestions and comments are not welcomed

    Advice to Senior Managementit's not like they care or would even consider what anyone has to say. Why bother?

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    Amazing company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsResults and income are tightly related

    ConsVery flat org and noone leaves so very little advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Design Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work for designers

    ConsDifficult porducts to work on

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey are doing a great job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pretty good

    Design Engineer (Current Employee)

    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

    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)

    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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    Fantastic work environment, very skilled engineers.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

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

    ConsProne to industry ups and downs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    very good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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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    Always tense, numbers and forecast updates regularly requested yet data never used properly.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsFull Profit Sharing once you achieve 2 years tenure. Respected product portfolio. Short lead times. Solid stock performance.

    ConsArrogance of senior management. Pricing is consistently higher than competitors who are equally good at what they do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUndeniably profitable with no long-term vision on revenue growth. Amortize mature products and take less margin instead of constantly putting yourselves in a confrontational situation with customers who have more choices today than ever.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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