Linear Technology Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Senior mask designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mask Designer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mask Designer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing is good and compensates for mediocre salary

    Cons

    After many years here, feel like I'm being treated more like a grunt than a contributing employee.

    Advice to Management

    The 'bottom line' is important, but so are your loyal people.


  2. 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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing scheme pays good (twice a year).

    Cons

    Salaries are lower due to profit sharing.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open-minded and accepting to new ideas


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  5. 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  6. 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  7. Decent place for engineers however non-engineering position not so

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Company review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very Good for very technically oriented

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can be very technically demanding.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  10. A Mixed Bag (Like Almost Anywhere)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Great place for analog circuits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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