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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier
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  • Lean perks with reasoning being more for profit sharing (in 10 reviews)

  • Management is "Old-School" and very hierarchical and employees compete with each other rather than cooperate in teams (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Stagnant Stock price and people see it for the sweat shop it is."

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    Current Employee - Test Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Test Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with some smart people.

    Cons

    Annual reviews focus more on negatives than positive. Max 5% raises, even during good times. Meager stock awards. A "Cover your ass" mentality. Lots of cussing and unprofessionalism from management. Design is king, all other depts are step children and abused. Some engineers are buddy buddy with their boss and able to slack off, you end up having to pick up the slack. Very little chance for career growth. No training provided. VERY HARD to get needed equipment (it took 2 years to get adequate chairs on test floor, people used to stand at terminals).

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.


  2. "Micromanagement & misleading benefits"

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    Current Employee - California in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - California in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    No laptop is given to employees, so after the office hours, you are not expected to work or respond to emails. can have good balance between work and personal life.

    Cons

    They stress so much on the profit share, but there is no 401K match. If you can stay there for long time over 5 years, then you can enjoy sabbatical, and full profit share after one year.
    Managers are micromanaging the team. You don't have much decision making power with your role. employees are not encouraged to bring new idea, but just do Linear way.
    No break room with refrigerator or microwave where you can put your food. Most employees have their own mini refrigerator in their cube, sharing it with the others. no filtered water and people bring their own water because they do not want to drink the water in Milpitas.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees. Profit share is good and but in the deep down when you compare it to other companies, is it really better? Company no one leaves, but not everyone is encouraged to bring a new idea either.

  3. "it feels more like a jail"

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    Current Employee - Fab Operator in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Fab Operator in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    profit sharing
    and thats about it

    Cons

    horrible management
    slow work and when there is no work upper management likes to presure operators on finding work and making the moves
    stressful work inviroment
    a lot of polotics its not what you know its who you know
    if you get in as a temp expect to be one for over a year

    Advice to Management

    learn how to encourage your eployees and not make them hate being at work


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Don't be misled!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Profit sharing, good people outside most management. If you're a tech, you fare pretty well with the incentives such as floating holiday accrual, attendance bonus and sick time accrual. There is a quarterly ERT bonus paid to ERT members. Sabbatical after 5-yrs.

    Cons

    4 of the last 5-yrs have been with shutdowns. Shutdowns are defined as idling the plant for anywhere from 2-days to 2-weeks. It's been as frequent as 1-week a month (for an entire year) to one week+/qtr (current). You can take it unpaid, file for unemployment or burn your vacation. Many people save their semi-annual profit sharing checks to help float them through the company defined shutdowns because unemployment doesn't cut it for most folks and vacation time goes quicker than you can accrue it with the shutdowns. So, effectively, you get no profit sharing because shutdowns eat it and you can rarely take the vacation time when you want because you use most, if not all of it on the shutdowns. Little to no opportunity for advancement. HR is effectively non-existent so don't expect any support.

    Advice to Management

    There's more fat to be trimmed. Consider this before mandating more shutdowns.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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?


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits but awful office culture"

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    Current Employee - Employee in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Employee in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous benefits. Great opportunities to learn interesting new things and do satisfying day to day work.

    Cons

    The company operates like it's still the early 90s. Huge reliance on paper. Old tools that go down to maintenance far too often. A lack of meaningful automation to help operators.

    The worst part by far, however, is the upstairs management. At first the idea of Linear being a place where lots of family and friends work sounds great, but it's pretty clear that everyone knows each other far too well for management or HR to feel comfortable making any decisions. Arguments or HR issues will go unresolved. There is very much a culture of "deal with it" in regards to problems that arise, which only makes the work feel more and more toxic as time goes on. Employees who have been with the company long enough are essentially invincible.

    Advice to Management

    Make operators and employees who have problems feel like they've actually been listened to. It feels like there's no way to get help with a problem at Linear.


  7. "Trending down"

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No travel
    Mostly smart people
    High expectations of employees
    New test floor makes CEO happy
    Stock is steady and can be counted on

    Cons

    Bad management, vague goals, lots of berating from management, becoming obviously cheap, lack of listening by managers creates an atmosphere where employees do as told and defer all decisions to managers

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what parts sell, stop developing commodities

  8. Helpful (4)

    "It could be so much better"

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    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing every 6 months in which you can expect to get between $2000 and $3000 cashed out to you after taxes and a , if you make more than $16/hour. The insurance benefits are excellent. Many strides have been taken to organize using 5S, Kaizan and other Japanese-based systems.

    Cons

    Severe micro management, creating very little teamwork and a staff that requires that they be told ever little thing.
    Very little opportunity, people are mostly hired externally and the only people that are promoted from within are people who know how to "flatter".
    Poor behavior goes unaddressed, so the work environment can be hostile and unproductive.
    Getting vacation time can be very stressful, as it is limited and everybody wants summer months.
    Poor training system and out-dated documentation straight out of the 80's

    Advice to Management

    There are many talented people on the production floor, whose talents are being squandered by leaving them in the fab. Please consider evaluating what you have on hand before looking externally, as this would help with the extremely low morale. Look for small ways to show your employees their hard work is appreciated. The little things really do matter and they can go a long way towards improving peoples attitudes and their morale. Provide training to your supervisors, so they might deal with the many personnel issues that exist. Give the supervisors meaningful projects, so they don't feel compelled to micro-manage and knit-pick their employees. Create a training department, as many of the companies issues could be resolved through a cross-functional relationship between Production-Engineer and a Training department.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, needs more innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid portfolio of hi quality products, smart analog engineers, no bureaucracy bloat. Decent pay, but not the best.

    Cons

    More innovation needed, some managers are not open to new ideas, tenured employees treated like gods even if they become lazy.

    Advice to Management

    You need to explore new ideas, or you won't stay competitive into the future. The company has has not been growing to its potential given the talent here.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Needs improvement in higher positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing, sabbatical, nice location, experienced operators, nice facilities, once a year company picnic and Holiday Party, cafeteria, a few knowledgeable engineers.

    Cons

    Poor specs. Managers come and go or get promoted towards the corner office. Promotions are done secretly mostly based on flattering. Job openings are not available to everyone. Some engineers use very dirty language and nobody seems to notice. A lot of certified bipolar in high places making everyone's life miserable. Experienced engineers are switched to projects that have little to do with their expertise. Too much family and friends makes it a place for bullies. Old equipment that needs to be replaced and not enough man power. We are asked to do extra projects when we are already short handed. Small cafeteria with loud people. Smoking area is attached to the building and smokers take full advantage of their habit. Operators must clock in and out for every break but managers and engineers spend hours smoking right under everyone's nose. A lot instant wrong decisions taken by managers. Opertors have little respect for management. Some of engineers were promoted from technicians without experience and their job has to be done by the other already busy engineers. A lot a "flattering" towards the managers. Flattering is the key of success at LTC. Once you get stuck with a new task is yours and not extra pay for it.
    I wouldn't recommend this place to any friend.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting the friends and the "yes men"
    Start hiring more competent technicians and engineers in critical departments. Like maintenance. Build a bigger cafeteria. move smoking area at the end of the parking lot.


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