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Updated November 26, 2017
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Milpitas, CA

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Pros
  • Profit sharing for all employees (in 37 reviews)

  • Good hours and work life balance compared to other companies in the area (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • You must work at least 6 months before getting profit sharing (in 10 reviews)

  • Management is "Old-School" and very hierarchical and employees compete with each other rather than cooperate in teams (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Linear Tech"

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and work-life balance. Career opportunities are abound with a lot of autonomy

    Cons

    Stodgy, old and slow to implement change. They didn't even have company email until somewhere around 2006, and were still sending out paper company memos to your mailbox when I left in 2013. Emails would have been instant and saved paper. Management was out of touch and not technically inclined, but more task masters. During the recession of 2008-2009, when Linear was forced to reduce its workforce, it was sad to see technically superior engineers be let go instead of others due to purely personal favorites and political reasons.


  2. "horrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some very dedicated engineers to work with.

    Cons

    double standard. male mangers using vulgar language and yelling/screaming. Hr will never take matter seriously and take one side. egocentric, they think linear is the center of universe. the acquisition by ADI is the blessing. ADI will take quite some time to break this old mold. till that is changed, do not recommend this place for your career.

    Advice to Management

    listen and learn to be a good manager.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Still a good company but losing it's soul."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best analog design company in the world. Good hours and work life balance compared to other companies in the area. Good compensation although that may be changing with the ADI merger.

    Cons

    The company has lost touch with its soul. Too many H1B workers working long hours and forcing domestic Americans to keep up. Certain departments have preferential hiring towards Chinese applicants despite lackluster performance.

    Company is extremely cheap with resources to the point where it's actually amusing. The benefit of this is that sometimes you get to make a piece of test equipment from old junk.

    Advice to Management

    Try to hire people who actually enjoy analog engineering. There are plenty of engineers out there who started out as hobbyists initially and would be very good if given the chance to prove themselves. Solving technical interview questions does not allow for good judgement of a candidate.

    Instead of hiring H1B applicants from top graduate programs who only see analog engineering as a paycheck, try to find people who live and breathe engineering. They're still out there.


  4. "Applications engineering"

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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

    Good work life balance, total compensation is good in the industry, fair benefits, no need to work overtime

    Cons

    The company structure is very flat and the career path is very slow. Salary increase is also slow.


  5. "Is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the people, has awesome profit sharing, has a sabbatical program

    Cons

    future is still unsure with pending buy out

    Advice to Management

    keep the profit sharing, keep the name, keep the sabbatical program, keep the employees


  6. "Very good engineering company"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is run by engineers

    Cons

    It is a very old styled company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good sabbatical"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic place good technical growth. Location is excellent. Right in the heart of Silicon Valley. Upper management quite accessible. Can get things done quickly.

    Cons

    A bit frugal when spending on employees. Company is very cost conscious. Can be hard getting the right supplies etc from company

    Advice to Management

    Allow telecommuting.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pros & cons"

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    Current Employee - Senior Facilities Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Facilities Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work the sabbatical and profit sharing is great !

    Cons

    Like most companies it always depends on having well developed motivating management. They lack with some of their managment


  9. Helpful (2)

    "ADI here we come..."

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    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture that caters to engineers that are OK working with minimal resources, but get to work on innovative parts with the best people in the business.

    Cons

    A bit "Old School" management style (some would view that as a positive).

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people through the ADI merger!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate design engineer"

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    Former Employee - Associate Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with the best in the industry. Work life balance is great. Working environment is mostly pleasant. Conservative finacially. Salary is competitive. Job security is high.

    Cons

    It is difficult to advance in this company since the structure is very flat. Raise is capped. Equipment purchase is inconsistently scrutinized by upper management. It is common that engineers bring in their own equipments. Certain groups are internally divided. Upper management is getting worse as company gets bigger. Under utilize young talents. IT departments are for the birds.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to keep the work life balance becuase that is the biggest draw. It is not a good idea to use PC with Pentium D nowadays. Engineers are the main source for growth. Most feels that upper management stepping on gas and the brake at the same time. Smart people should not do that.


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