Linear Technology

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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
43 Reviews
3.8
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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Good for very technically oriented

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Very technically oriented. Good profit sharing. High morality standards.

    Cons

    Can be very technically demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Linear prides itself on sharing the wealth by telling employees that pay consists of salary + profit sharing + stock. But senior management and key employees also have performance and other bonuses. This seems unfair.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    If you love analog design and want to work for the best analog design house ....

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    A chance to work with some of the best analog design engineers in the industry. You will have a chance to learn from the best. Whereas the base salaries may be lower than some to the competing companies, they have some of the most lucrative profit sharing in the industry that more than make up for it.

    Cons

    The work environment can be quite aggressive and intimidating. Also, if you are not part of the "in-crowd," you may consider yourself a second class citizen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten' up a bit, please.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Mixed Bag (Like Almost Anywhere)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do more to differentiate the treatment of your excellent and not so excellent employees.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    work with strong design and application teams

    Cons

    employee benefits are omitted always.
    stingy enterprise culture.
    sacrify employee's benefit or laid off people whenever economic SLIGHTLY affects the company's revenue (before other companies do).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up! lower your profit margin...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for analog circuits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be less stingy with money for lab equipment and offer more paid time off.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant Stock price and people see it for the sweat shop it is.

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    Current Employee - Test Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Test Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Get to work with some smart people.

    Cons

    Annual reviews focus more on negatives than positive. Max 5% raises, even during good times. Meager stock awards. A "Cover your ass" mentality. Lots of cussing and unprofessionalism from management. Design is king, all other depts are step children and abused. Some engineers are buddy buddy with their boss and able to slack off, you end up having to pick up the slack. Very little chance for career growth. No training provided. VERY HARD to get needed equipment (it took 2 years to get adequate chairs on test floor, people used to stand at terminals).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.

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

    LTC

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Exceptional talent. Good networking. A lot of collaboration by way of walking around and chatting about circuits, techniques etc. Not a lot of micromanaging. Fairly efficiently run company. Excellent compensation, especially in the form of bonuses.

    Cons

    Sometimes frugality made the job challenging. Linear used to have a lack of desire in wanting to spend the extra buck on software packages or equipment. They have improved on this over the years. This frugality also led to innovation (a pro) where engineers had to be clever to circumvent whatever shortcomings they had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, the management is well run. It was nice that most of the management team was once on the engineering side.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent place for engineers however non-engineering position not so

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Design is focus on making sure their part is near perfect when release.
    Get to work with some of the best designers around.
    Able to pick the brains for ideas & help.

    Cons

    Non – engineering personnel is not highly regarded compared to engineers.
    Not many people can utilize the tuition reimbursement.
    Rapid career advancement is unlikely – hierarchy is flat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to loosen some of the purse-strings – Linear is not willing spend the money thatcan better the company in R&D and the employees.
    Establish a better development program for personnel when becoming managers.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Profit sharing
    Sharing of ideas about circuits

    Cons

    Somewhat dated facilities and equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quarterly meetings and q and a are very helpful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Company review

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Products are high performance, robust and reliable. Engineers have the right attitude to make things right at the very first try. LTC has interesting innovation in IC development.

    Cons

    LTC is a conservative company. Upper and senior managements don't usually take risk and implement big changes. If they find a way that works, they stick with that way until something catastrophic happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't think of anything to say now. Consider the current economic condition, the company is in a relatively good position and make good profits when the economy becomes better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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