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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Profit sharing for all employees (in 37 reviews)

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

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

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

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  1. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are smart and nice, Compensation is good including profit sharing. Working for the best performance products in the market, meaning earning a good engineering career.

    Cons

    Old style. No 401k match (still company provides it from profit sharing) Old equipments for testing (but it is not really a big problem).

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Profit sharing , 6 week sabbatical after 5 years. Great upper management staff.
    Good people to work with. Those folks that leave usually regret it. Iv'e seen several work their way back in after leaving.

    Cons

    Takes several years to adjust to the 1970's culture.


  3. "it feels more like a jail"

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


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "It could be so much better"

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


  6. 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


  7. "Micromanagement & misleading benefits"

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


  8. "Trending down"

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good but extremely stressful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    - extremely challenging work with no hand-holding.
    - good profit sharing and mentorship (if you can get one)
    - best of the best in the industry
    - minimal meetings
    - no deadwood

    Cons

    - Political at a higher level
    - Very little work/life balance
    - Experience is extremely dependent on the middle manager and the senior manager.
    - No unique culture

    Advice to Management

    Please be more diplomatic and understanding toward your employees. Also, invest in your employees and make sure they all are happy with the situation.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great camaraderie. Everyone is an expert, and really passionate and good at what they do! If you love analog circuit design, this is the place to be. But be prepared for marathon design efforts.

    Cons

    Projects are single man efforts. Most of the designs these days are big chip designs which can easily take 2 to 3 years to get anything useful shipped.

    Advice to Management

    More team building activities.


  11. "Good!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Linear Technology as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Run by engineers and very stable.

    Cons

    Salary is slightly less than other big companies.


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