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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)

    "Think Twice"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is among the highest in the industry. You can become very wealthy working for Linear if you have a hide thick enough to handle the abusive treatment.

    Cons

    Confrontational, threatening atmosphere. Management uses threats to control and "motivate" employees. Rarely any positive feedback. Seniority is sneeringly referred to as "longevity".
    If you are a decent Analog Designer then get in, make your money and get out as fast as possible.

    Advice to Management

    These people are so arrogant that no advice given would be heeded under any circumstances. Like the dog who barked each morning at sunrise, they remain convinced the the sun rises because of their barking. After all, the sun is coming up isn't it? You can't argue with their
    success.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Always tense, numbers and forecast updates regularly requested yet data never used properly."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full Profit Sharing once you achieve 2 years tenure. Respected product portfolio. Short lead times. Solid stock performance.

    Cons

    Arrogance of senior management. Pricing is consistently higher than competitors who are equally good at what they do.

    Advice to Management

    Undeniably profitable with no long-term vision on revenue growth. Amortize mature products and take less margin instead of constantly putting yourselves in a confrontational situation with customers who have more choices today than ever.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "Don't be misled!"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. 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?


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Linear technology - not for me"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    talent peer engineers and managers
    Efficient operation

    Cons

    Working as a nut in a machine.
    Poor benefits - Stingy company culture, no 401k match, etc.
    Poor compensation - profit sharing is a joke (you get 2/3 in cash only), , industry-average base salary.

  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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    • Senior Management
    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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