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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier
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Pros
  • Profit sharing for all employees (in 37 reviews)

  • Great place to work everyday is challenging (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Lean perks with reasoning being more for profit sharing (in 10 reviews)

  • work life balance can be compromised (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Very good engineering company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pros & cons"

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


  3. Helpful (5)

    "So long, Linear Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Administrator
    Current Employee - Technical Administrator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable company, profit sharing, 6 week sabbatical every 5 years. This company has products that have been running for the duration of the company's existence, which illustrates their commitment to sustaining technology that works well. Very few "lay-offs" in the decade and a half that I've worked here. Easy going culture in design support (less so in design itself).

    Cons

    Few lay-offs means that burned-out employees who are under-performers or who take advantage of the company's generosity are taking up space that could be filled by enthusiastic employees. Old boys club mentality. There are no females in executive management. Very few women designers. The few women who are in middle management positions tend to emulate the egotistical leadership style of male middle management. Bias towards hiring from particular ethnic groups, except in design, where designers are mostly Caucasian males.

    Advice to Management

    Linear executives ignored the writing on the wall. Sadly, the arrogance of ignoring shareholders' desire for expansion and growth year after year,ultimately landed the company in a vulnerable position that allowed the company to be bought out.


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  5. "good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    company offers good total compensation

    Cons

    company is lack of career advance


  6. "Associate design engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Stable company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Very stable company. Not many people leave. Very little turnover. Many, many people with 20-30 years in the company. Nice annual parties. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Old infrastructure. Not many perks like the Googles and Facebooks. Not much in terms of career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the purses a bit and upgrade the technology.


  8. "Former Employee - Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great place to focus on circuit design with full accountability. Sharp co-workers who typically have long tenure at the company. Good profit sharing

    Cons

    Lean perks with reasoning being more for profit sharing. Standard vacation policy that accrues over tenure

    Advice to Management

    Always focus on the golden goose and avoid excessive upper management compensation


  9. "So far so good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Friendly teammates, vacation racks up quickly, sabbatical after 5 years. Good benefits and a nice location.

    Cons

    Lots of employees who have been here a decade plus and do not appreciate change, new ideas or differences.

    Advice to Management

    Consider some updates to the culture and environment. Give newer employees a reason to be excited.


  10. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice stock options, Good profit sharing ( ~28% of the salary).

    Cons

    Old equipment. Chinese boss in test group hired mostly Chinese and eliminated non-Chinese.

    Advice to Management

    Please take a close look at the high turn-over ratio groups to find out why people left the company.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Auburn, NH
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Auburn, NH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing is usually about 27% of your base pay, restricted stock grants are usually awarded on hire and every 2 years thereafter, 6 week sabbatical is earned every 5 years

    Cons

    Occasionally requires travel to Milpitas, CA to release a new project, which is fine if you like that kind of thing. Workplace is small, so there's not a lot of people to befriend



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