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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Profit sharing for all employees (in 37 reviews)

  • Good hours and work life balance compared to other companies in the area (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 5 reviews)

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  1. "Trending down"

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    • 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Linear technology - not for me"

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

  3. Helpful (4)

    "It could be so much better"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, needs more innovation"

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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

    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.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Needs improvement in higher positions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Little incentive for growth or advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing in the range of 20-30% twice per year. 6-8 week long sabbatical every five years.

    Cons

    No incentive for growth. There are very few management positions available, especially for women. It's basically a boy's club. The hiring structure is focused on bringing in design engineers (99.9% male). Everyone else is looked upon as catering to the design community, and as such, not valued. The structure of the company is scattered. There is no centralized IT. Each department fends for itself.

    Advice to Management

    This company has millions it could invest in its employees, yet it sits on the cash, year after year. When we ask for anything extra, like a gym, basketball courts or even a couch in the women's restroom, the answer is always 'no', in spite of the wealth of cash on hand this company has. This year, in spite of how well we're doing, our annual salary increases were decreased to 4% maximum (down from 5%). Sabbaticals every five years and the 20-30% profit sharing bonuses we receive twice yearly are not enough to address the growing morale problem that exists company wide. Management needs to loosen the purse strings, provide some incentive for advancement (especially for non-design, non-male employees) and realize that the 'supporting' departments are just as vital to the company's well-being as the design department is.


  7. "If you love analog design and want to work for the best analog design house ...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A chance to work with some of the best analog design engineers in the industry. You will have a chance to learn from the best. Whereas the base salaries may be lower than some to the competing companies, they have some of the most lucrative profit sharing in the industry that more than make up for it.

    Cons

    The work environment can be quite aggressive and intimidating. Also, if you are not part of the "in-crowd," you may consider yourself a second class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten' up a bit, please.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work with strong design and application teams

    Cons

    employee benefits are omitted always.
    stingy enterprise culture.
    sacrify employee's benefit or laid off people whenever economic SLIGHTLY affects the company's revenue (before other companies do).

    Advice to Management

    wake up! lower your profit margin...


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Bitter Sweet"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Distribution Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Distribution Specialist in San Jose, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    not a lot of over time
    low stress

    Cons

    very narrow window for growth
    all men in management
    low pay
    little support from managers
    no structure
    suggestions and comments are not welcomed

    Advice to Management

    it's not like they care or would even consider what anyone has to say. Why bother?


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Senior mask designer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mask Designer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mask Designer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profit sharing is good and compensates for mediocre salary

    Cons

    After many years here, feel like I'm being treated more like a grunt than a contributing employee.

    Advice to Management

    The 'bottom line' is important, but so are your loyal people.


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