Linear Technology

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Linear Technology Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
45 Reviews
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worthwhile experience to learn about analog circuits and develop lab skills

    Former Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Linear Technology as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great place to learn about analog circuits. You also get to learn a lot of hands-on lab skills

    Cons

    You don't get as much "swag" and other office perks like free food and drinks like software companies but that's not too important

  2.  

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

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    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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Shut down after shut down

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    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior mask designer

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    good work place for new grad.

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    Former Employee - Applications Eng in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Eng in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    many experienced design engineer in the company. strong in technology and team spirit.

    Cons

    flat structure, little growth room for career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to change in a dynamic market. old principle worked 20 years ago may not work today.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Consistently stable

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid in most areas. Good engineering talent especially in Design and Applications. Can be financially rewarding and job security is good. 4 or 6 week (depending on position) sabbatical every 5 years in addition to normal vacation.

    Cons

    Company culture is somewhat stuffy, especially considering that it is a high tech company. Company tends to really adhere to the phrase "do more with less".
    Demanding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Industry-leading OTJ in Power Electronics

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is very conservatively run with predictable and stable performance even in tough economic times as these. Highly intelligent, capable, and experienced R&D/factory engineers interface with industry-best global field sales teams. Business units and shallow internal hierarchy fosters easier inter- and intradepartmental cooperation.

    Cons

    Base compensation is sub-par, sometimes leading to lowered morale & motivation. Benefits and amenities are seen as mediocre, with the occasional accusation of the company being "cheap" at the expense of comfort and even functionality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    awesome place to learn analog IC design

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    Current Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    smart people
    relatively flat management hierarchy

    Cons

    no work from home for interns !

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    design engineer

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    Current Employee - Desin Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Desin Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Linear as a whole is well managed. Good business model, high profit margin. Good quality control in matured product lines. Not necessary high tech.

    Cons

    Not every group's performance can meet Linear's standard. There are still poorly managed, low productive groups eating company's profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Each product line manager is an anchor. with Linear's money, a superstar should be hired as the anchor. An incompetent manager is unlikely to hire good engineers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bitter Sweet

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    Former Employee - Marketing Distribution Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Distribution Specialist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Great benefits
    not a lot of over time
    low stress

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO

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