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Linear Corporation Reviews

Updated October 26, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Huge potential..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge potential for growth is starting to be realized
    Talented engineering team, both new hires and "old-timers"
    Product portfolio just screams "internet of things" if product management can only agree to make them all connected
    Project development teams are still relatively small (typically 10 engineers or less)
    Project ownership and responsibility are recognized by upper management
    Good work life balance for many (but admittedly not all)

    Cons

    Many are still struggling with recent changes and effects of company growth
    Resource growth needs to track company growth. We need to keep hiring!
    Parent company Nortek does not appear to understand what it takes to grow and attract new talent for Linear
    Benefits package is not competitive with other technology companies in the area
    Need more incentives to motivate strong performers and improve performance overall
    Need to cut loose those who are counter-productive and not performing at an acceptable level

    Advice to Management

    See Cons above. Need to fix these.
    Linear upper and middle management and Nortek need to be better aligned with Mike O'Neal's vision for the company.
    When promoting changes in the town hall meetings, know your audience. Most employees want to know how company growth and changes will improve their jobs and lot in life, not corporate financials and revenue.


  2. "A lot of potential - room for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linear Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Broad product line with solid sales base. Diverse talent pool across multiple engineering disciplines. Capable supply chain and manufacturing operation. Lots of good people.

    Cons

    Awkward management style, with a disjointed operating plan and fragmented vision for the future. Plenty of politics, marked by a lack of appreciation for the dedicated and truly productive.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to day-to-day operation, and get a better sense of what is working well, and what is not.

  3. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linear Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great intentions on the part of management.

    Cons

    Linear purchased 2Gig a few years ago 2 Gig helped drive a nice increase in sales volume and profits for Linear (now called Nortek Security and Control), owned by Nortek.

    The company has many great ideas but has difficulty getting products to market. Product development is dogged by a management culture that seems to hold on one accountable to meet or exceed deadlines to get products out the door. Much is promised to their customers and products seem to take forever to get released. Lots of turnover in engineering due to an inability to either properly compensate engineers and/or company culture problems

    Advice to Management

    Realize the hidden costs of losing valuable employees. Demand for competent engineers is high now and the company seems handcuffed by Nortek as to what they need to do to prevent turnover. Don't keep making promises and then reneging in them, like the 5 weeks of paid leave debacle a few years ago!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management, lack of innovation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Oceanside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice location. Free sodas. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Management is doing a poor job of bringing new products to market. Complete lack of innovation, poor planning, frequent and expensive blunders.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your stock options while they are still work something.


  5. "Opportunities, but lacking focus"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Linear Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of good people to work with and some great opportunities looking ahead. A lot of talk about changing culture and making infrastructure improvements which are needed. I would cautiously recommend them as an employer.

    Cons

    Technology falls short on a lot of products. Information is not shared well and departments do not work across functions very well. Focus changes every 6 months so hard to get momentum and realize the fruits of everyone's hard work. Compensation structures also changed yearly and often we were 3-4 months into the year before we knew how we'd get paid.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a course and stick with it long enough for everyone to get on board and make things happen. Continue to communicate and try to increase transparency.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Positive business outlook with outdated culture/environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business outlook is good. Decent work-life balance. Employees arrive early and leave early. Good location off the freeway. Recent improvements to systems and more Nortek involvement looks promising. Lots of challenges ahead.

    Cons

    Dated equipment, tools and processes present a major hurdle. Outdated facilities. Contributions and change not valued as much as it could be. Company has not kept up with the times and it shows. No inspired managers/leaders in the workplace. No cohesive teams. No team building activities. Rampant politics, miscommunications and delays.

    Advice to Management

    Visit younger companies and incorporate Agile process and methodologies. Find a middle ground to satisfy the growing generational differences dividing the workplace into camps. Encourage team building to bring understanding, coordination and cooperation to the workplace. Stop the finger pointing and power struggles fem the top down. Walk around and introduce yourselves. Say hello or thank you to your employees who do the actual work. Train managers how to manage and empower. Update outdated business tools and processes. Consolidate information. Backup desktop computers and file shares. Look at strategies for attracting, motivating, and retaining top-quality talent. This industry is on the brink of changing, so invest more effort into R&D and upgrades.


  7. "Great projects and solid business model..... poor management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lehi, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of ambitious work going on. Home automation and security is a booming business with tons of opportunity for innovation. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management seem completely oblivious as to what it takes to run projects involving large scale software development. Incompetent employees are allowed to do nothing and ride on the coattails of others and inhibit progress. Poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of dead weight. Improve communication and be faster to act when it comes to hiring, performance reviews, and managing expectations.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Relaxed environment"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - flexible hours
    - friendly managers
    - great pay
    - you get to work on different projects

    Cons

    - forced to use PTO during certain Holidays.
    - United healthcare is terrible, they nickle and dime you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good stable Environment, not a lot of action don't expect a lot of future"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Numbers, the company seems solid economically

    Cons

    Not a lot of future opportunities, old style management

    Advice to Management

    Look hard at middle management they have habits from the old days, you need to invest in new technologies talk to your engineers they care and have the solution your managers keep the feedback and are not wanting change and improvement.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of Promise - Lots of Problems"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company has been experiencing explosive growth - great for stability, if you're willing to live with the chaotic, dysfunctional environment & didactic methods of senior management. Generally, the 'indians' are excellent, knowledgeable people and they're dedicated to working smartly and efficiently for the company.
    With a company's growth should come opportunity for employee growth and enrichment.

    Cons

    People rarely share information with one another, especially Managers and Senior Managers. The top brass assume that everyone has ample time in their day to find out what's going on in the company's world - so they never share information about what's hot and what is the focus. They are in the know, because they participate in meetings that require them to understand what's happening. Then they keep it to themselves.

    Managers are generally clueless as to how slammed most employees are - there are too few people doing too many jobs at the mid- and lower-levels. There are few 'thanks' for a job well done, or for jumping through hoops to get work done on time at a reasonable cost, even when presented with unrealistic expectations.

    If you are in the small circle of people who have recently helped make the company grow, you're golden. If you are not in that group, management sees little value in your participation in the company (even if you are keeping the biz running as smoothly as possible).

    Advice to Management

    Overall culture is cruddy and most people in the company are afraid to voice their issues with senior management. Some of those in management do allow for lower-level decision making, but there's not enough of that. Strageic direction of the company is rarely discussed in relation to any groups except Sales and Engineering (gotta get this deal, gotta build this product).
    Keep pushing to get all senior staff to share information with all of the teams - it did not happen with the previous regime, and it's still not happening today. Lots of talk about transparency, but its just talk.


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