Linear Technology

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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
44 Reviews
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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Design Engineer (Lab Super-Tech)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Design Engineer in North Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Design Engineer in North Chelmsford, MA

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

    Pros

    Love it. Designers are very smart and good to work for. No politics, no games, no bulls***. Management focuses on high value, long life, high performance parts and has a long view. What a refreshing change from other short-sighted tech companies! Yes, there have been shutdowns but it sure beats getting laid off or working insane hours like most other companies handle downturns. A very broad based product line is also a pleasure to work with, it means there is no such thing as one big stumble that kills the company. I've learned a lot here and never want to leave.

    Cons

    None. This is as good as it gets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up guys, I want to retire from LTC.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good benefits but awful office culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Employee in Camas, WA

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits. Great opportunities to learn interesting new things and do satisfying day to day work.

    Cons

    The company operates like it's still the early 90s. Huge reliance on paper. Old tools that go down to maintenance far too often. A lack of meaningful automation to help operators.

    The worst part by far, however, is the upstairs management. At first the idea of Linear being a place where lots of family and friends work sounds great, but it's pretty clear that everyone knows each other far too well for management or HR to feel comfortable making any decisions. Arguments or HR issues will go unresolved. There is very much a culture of "deal with it" in regards to problems that arise, which only makes the work feel more and more toxic as time goes on. Employees who have been with the company long enough are essentially invincible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make operators and employees who have problems feel like they've actually been listened to. It feels like there's no way to get help with a problem at Linear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not A Company You Can Happily Work For. Very Stingy And Old-fashioned Style Of Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Failure Analysis Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Failure Analysis Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing scheme pays good (twice a year).

    Cons

    Salaries are lower due to profit sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open-minded and accepting to new ideas

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable company

    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer

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

    Pros

    LTC has great engineers to work with.

    Cons

    LTC is very conservative and pragmatic

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Shut down after shut down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mixed Signal Test Eng Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Mixed Signal Test Eng Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Good technical people
    Stock USED to be good - but not anymore.

    Cons

    The management STILL think they are running a startup and they are doing everyone a favor by letting them work there. The still think everyone there will get rich and work them hard.

    Those same technical people are very arrogant. Coupled with a CYA environment it can be very frustrating to learn since they'll jump all over your but if you admit you don't know something.

    Profit sharing has been decreasing ALOT. I remember when it went as high as 68% but now it stays in the high 30's. Not good. Especially with the lower salaries.

    Old equipment. Mgmt is good at encouraging employees to save money. In the past that effort was rewarded with higher profit sharing. Nowadays, there is no incentive to slog through using old equipment and making my job tougher. Especially since I'll never benefit from my effort to save money.

    Very little opportunity for advancement.

    Mngment has given up ALOT of business and the company has had slow growth.

    Things they say in EVERY quarterly meeting:
    1) Keep your nose to the grind stone!!!! -- (so mngmnt can benefit while the workers are stiffed)

    2) Wall street doesn't like us but they'll soon see how good we are --- It's been over a decade and wall street hasn't noticed yet. WTF is mgmnt smoking?!?!?!

    3) Let's keep costs down --- So mgmnt can benefit while they keep lowering profit sharing?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Layout Designer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Layout Designer in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Linear Technology as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything about this company is a pro.

    Cons

    There are no cons to this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great company for engineers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Experienced colleagues, profit sharing, partial reimbursement for education, well-managed 401k.

    Cons

    No complaints. The company is well-managed and the people are good. There have been layoffs in the past, but the work force is stronger today because of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great, but very political company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Money and creativity. Technical expertise. High budget. Activities at lunch. Testing expertise. Sabbatical- 5 weeks off after 5 years. High expectations.

    Cons

    Wrong side of the aisle is in trouble. No internet. Memos are not stored. If you aren't from National you're in trouble. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't be misled!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Profit sharing, good people outside most management. If you're a tech, you fare pretty well with the incentives such as floating holiday accrual, attendance bonus and sick time accrual. There is a quarterly ERT bonus paid to ERT members. Sabbatical after 5-yrs.

    Cons

    4 of the last 5-yrs have been with shutdowns. Shutdowns are defined as idling the plant for anywhere from 2-days to 2-weeks. It's been as frequent as 1-week a month (for an entire year) to one week+/qtr (current). You can take it unpaid, file for unemployment or burn your vacation. Many people save their semi-annual profit sharing checks to help float them through the company defined shutdowns because unemployment doesn't cut it for most folks and vacation time goes quicker than you can accrue it with the shutdowns. So, effectively, you get no profit sharing because shutdowns eat it and you can rarely take the vacation time when you want because you use most, if not all of it on the shutdowns. Little to no opportunity for advancement. HR is effectively non-existent so don't expect any support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more fat to be trimmed. Consider this before mandating more shutdowns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Love it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chelmsford, MA

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. The focus is on making the best product and offering the best support. Financially, profit sharing twice a year and sabbaticals every five years help to make this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Since this is a great place to work and it seems that few people leave, at times it may be difficult to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't retire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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