Linear Technology Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Great Company For Serious Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with highly talented individuals and get to work at the cutting edge of advanced silicon technology. Flexible Hours which i think are manager dependant. Great profit sharing.

    Cons

    Can sometimes seem elitist and there are no recreational perks. The cafeteria food recycles every month and you get used to it pretty fast.

    Advice to Management

    Consider making the place more fun to work for younger people through team building sessions and some additional perk such as a gym.


  2. Sr. RF Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wireless Project Senior RF Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Wireless Project Senior RF Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Organized, competent and decent salary

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    non


  3. Linear Tech Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, good knowledge sharing, good market chasing strategies

    Cons

    Below average base salary


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  5. Old fashioned and penny-pinching

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance - Some phenomenal analog electrical engineers - Minimal bureaucracy and minimal meetings - Most low-to-mid-level managers are nice - Stable company - They almost never lay people off - Air conditioning and heating are at normal human levels: they don't freeze you with A/C like other companies do

    Cons

    Basically, they are slaves to their stock holders: - Profit sharing is a hoax; they manipulate the number however they want. It is much much smaller than real profit sharing would be, and it does not linearly correspond to how well business has done recently, nor even to the stock price. In fact, often times sales go up and profit sharing goes down. You will see less money than they claim to give you during their recruiting spiel. - Your "profit sharing" (read: reason for them to be stingy with everything) will not make up for the fact that they have capped your salary such that if you do a perfect job, then you will get a 3% raise (maximum), barely keeping up with inflation. That percentage has also been steadily decreasing over the past five years. - There are no perks whatsoever. Free snacks? Ha ha, you wish! There is not even a water cooler! Not one water cooler in all five buildings at headquarters. The company will not pay for you to drink purified water at work. You can guess the rest of the perks from there. Their reason? "Profit sharing". That would work fine as a company strategy if it were actually unadulterated, honestly-calculated profit sharing. - There are barely any windows or skylights. You will work in a drab cubicle and walk through colorless hallways, under glaring fluorescent lights all day long. - HR forgot what the first letter of their department stands for. They do not have any means for employees to meet or organize clubs, no team outings or even on-site team building. They act like robots, barely doing what they are told. Expect no empathy from them. To their credit, the company structure is such that they work for the CFO. Their job is to save money. - As an engineer, you likely have never seen equipment as old or minimal as that with which you will be expected to work. Save money.

    Advice to Management

    When you tell all of your exempt employees that you are capping their raises at the level of inflation, regardless of how well they perform, have the common decency to give them a reason and to state the decision during a meeting instead of having managers forward a cold two-sentence email from HR with the only input from the manager being "FYI". Either choose to motivate your employees with profit sharing WITHOUT manipulating the number, or give your employees a water cooler and some other human resources.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stuck

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good bennies, lots of time off if you can work it, timeoff

    Cons

    Company culture needs updating, no upwards mobility, good 'ol boy club

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who build your products and pay them accordingly, time to update the benefits to reflect changes in the 21st century


  7. Land of the golden handcuffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Camas, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits/compensation package. Close to home in a suburban environment (light commuting traffic). Comparable base salary to other like companies but the semi-annual profit sharing on base and OT(average 29% over last 9 years), attendance bonus, ERT bonus, 100% sellback of unused sick time, floating holiday and vacation time as well as the 1-month sabbatical every 5 years makes it a superior employer.

    Cons

    The company's attempt to run with a very lean crew makes for good profits but also makes it difficult to utilize earned time off. The generous compensation package makes it difficult to want to leave when you get burnt out (not sure if that's a bad thing). Because of the low attrition rate it is difficult to change shifts when life circumstances require a change. The company is also prone to witch hunts and knee jerk reactions when issues arise rather than spending time and money up front to prevent the foreseeable occurrences before they happen. Has become less in touch with employee needs over the last 5+ years in favor of profits and what I term "management success trophies" (eye candy projects)

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest in your employee base. A happy, loyal, focused employee is worth 2 bots that just do as they are told. The best leaders will have employees that desire to see the company succeed vs. just coming to work and doing what they are told because it keeps the paycheck coming.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Definitely Not Your Average Company...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Among the highest compensation in the business, possibly the best profit sharing anywhere. As in average of 30 to 40%. Work with some of the brightest engineering talent in the world. Design Engineers get to take their product from initial design through production release. Are also held accountable every step of the way, so you need to do more than "design."

    Cons

    Very high pressure / stress atmosphere. Very little positive feedback. Little comeradery, not much in the way of team atmosphere. Work-Life balance nonexistent. Lateral transfers strongly discouraged. Unless you are a workaholic, I advise getting in, making some money and learning what you can, then get out before you take too much damage. I would advise 5 years max, take your sabbatical and use some of the time soul-searching and checking out the job market.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not "take advice." If they did I would say find some ways to incorporate even a little bit of team building and work-life balance. It could just pay off financially. Update internal procedures / processes to the 21st century. The company has become too large to continue doing things "because we have always done it this way and it works"


  9. I'm pretty happy here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low turnover, nice profit sharing payouts (2x/ year, over 25% the last couple of years), 1.5 month paid sabbatical after 5 years, above average medical/ dental plan design with low monthly contributions, 4% raises each year (most companies in the market are between 2.5-3%), No BS culture straight forward/ direct, performance focused, most managers are honest/ fair and will vouch for their employees/ department, good people, stable company

    Cons

    Employees tend to want to retire here which is a good thing but also makes it difficult to move up the ladder. Old school mind-set "if it doesn't break it doesn't need to be changed", no frills (no free food, gym, etc) but it's not that important, you need to speak up if you want something (management doesn't give it to you, you have to ask for it)

    Advice to Management

    Be open to newer ways of operating (less paperwork more online)


  10. Strong company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment, with good people. Well established compmay

    Cons

    Very old school work environment

    Advice to Management

    Change in certain processes


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits but awful office culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Employee in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.



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