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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated December 20, 2016
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company focuses on its niche and is very good in this space. Top management encourages input and ideas from employees. Discussions are robust, but when decisions are made, everyone moves in the same direction.

    Cons

    Hours can be long during the peaks.


  2. "Data entry clerk"

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing for all employees

    Cons

    You must work at least 6 months before getting profit sharing

    Advice to Management

    Communication and training could be better. Keeping up on software and technology would help


  3. 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company For Serious Employees"

    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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with highly talented individuals and get to work at the cutting edge of advanced silicon technology.
    Flexible Hours which i think are manager dependant.
    Great profit sharing.

    Cons

    Can sometimes seem elitist and there are no recreational perks.
    The cafeteria food recycles every month and you get used to it pretty fast.

    Advice to Management

    Consider making the place more fun to work for younger people through team building sessions and some additional perk such as a gym.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Land of the golden handcuffs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Camas, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits/compensation package. Close to home in a suburban environment (light commuting traffic). Comparable base salary to other like companies but the semi-annual profit sharing on base and OT(average 29% over last 9 years), attendance bonus, ERT bonus, 100% sellback of unused sick time, floating holiday and vacation time as well as the 1-month sabbatical every 5 years makes it a superior employer.

    Cons

    The company's attempt to run with a very lean crew makes for good profits but also makes it difficult to utilize earned time off. The generous compensation package makes it difficult to want to leave when you get burnt out (not sure if that's a bad thing). Because of the low attrition rate it is difficult to change shifts when life circumstances require a change. The company is also prone to witch hunts and knee jerk reactions when issues arise rather than spending time and money up front to prevent the foreseeable occurrences before they happen. Has become less in touch with employee needs over the last 5+ years in favor of profits and what I term "management success trophies" (eye candy projects)

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest in your employee base. A happy, loyal, focused employee is worth 2 bots that just do as they are told. The best leaders will have employees that desire to see the company succeed vs. just coming to work and doing what they are told because it keeps the paycheck coming.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Definitely Not Your Average Company..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Among the highest compensation in the business, possibly the best profit sharing anywhere. As in average of 30 to 40%. Work with some of the brightest engineering talent in the world. Design Engineers get to take their product from initial design through production release. Are also held accountable every step of the way, so you need to do more than "design."

    Cons

    Very high pressure / stress atmosphere. Very little positive feedback. Little comeradery, not much in the way of team atmosphere. Work-Life balance nonexistent. Lateral transfers strongly discouraged. Unless you are a workaholic, I advise getting in, making some money and learning what you can, then get out before you take too much damage. I would advise 5 years max, take your sabbatical and use some of the time soul-searching and checking out the job market.

    Advice to Management

    Management does not "take advice."
    If they did I would say find some ways to incorporate even a little bit of team building and work-life balance. It could just pay off financially.
    Update internal procedures / processes to the 21st century. The company has become too large to continue doing things "because we have always done it this way and it works"


  10. "I'm pretty happy here"

    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

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

    Pros

    Low turnover, nice profit sharing payouts (2x/ year, over 25% the last couple of years), 1.5 month paid sabbatical after 5 years, above average medical/ dental plan design with low monthly contributions, 4% raises each year (most companies in the market are between 2.5-3%), No BS culture straight forward/ direct, performance focused, most managers are honest/ fair and will vouch for their employees/ department, good people, stable company

    Cons

    Employees tend to want to retire here which is a good thing but also makes it difficult to move up the ladder. Old school mind-set "if it doesn't break it doesn't need to be changed", no frills (no free food, gym, etc) but it's not that important, you need to speak up if you want something (management doesn't give it to you, you have to ask for it)

    Advice to Management

    Be open to newer ways of operating (less paperwork more online)


  11. "Strong company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working environment, with good people. Well established compmay

    Cons

    Very old school work environment

    Advice to Management

    Change in certain processes



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