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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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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 (1)

    "Good sabbatical"

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pros & cons"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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 (1)

    "Great company...great work environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment is the best asset. Having a 6 week sabbatical every 5 years is nice as well. Everyone is a team player.

    Cons

    With the recent buyout from Analog Devices, I'm not sure where things are headed. Hopefully they realize what a special work environment this company has and doesn't try to change it too much.

    Advice to Management

    As I stated before, the culture at Linear Technology is what truly drives the company. It also motivates the employees.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "ADI here we come..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "So long, Linear Tech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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.


  6. "End of an era"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Engineers run the company. We define our own parts.

    Cons

    Challenges and expectations are very high.

    Advice to Management

    Reward hard work.


  7. "Sr IC Layout Designer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Old parts are still selling after 30+ years, attesting to the bullet-proof aspect and integrity of the company's designs and manufacturing, yet exciting new products and processes are in development.

    Cons

    Profit-sharing is touted as "a great incentive," but in recent years it hasn't lived up to its' 30% claim. Benefits are good. The old-boy network is the rule here; and, at least in my old group, you won't get decent raises or promoted if you're not a design engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to treat ALL employees well, as honey is more attractive than vinegar. Has the company forgotten that we all used to pull together as a team?

  8. "good company"

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    • 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Associate design engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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.


  10. "Stable company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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.


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