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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
  • 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 (6)

    "Old fashioned and penny-pinching"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance
    - Some phenomenal analog electrical engineers
    - Minimal bureaucracy and minimal meetings
    - Most low-to-mid-level managers are nice
    - Stable company
    - They almost never lay people off
    - Air conditioning and heating are at normal human levels: they don't freeze you with A/C like other companies do

    Cons

    Basically, they are slaves to their stock holders:
    - Profit sharing is a hoax; they manipulate the number however they want. It is much much smaller than real profit sharing would be, and it does not linearly correspond to how well business has done recently, nor even to the stock price. In fact, often times sales go up and profit sharing goes down. You will see less money than they claim to give you during their recruiting spiel.
    - Your "profit sharing" (read: reason for them to be stingy with everything) will not make up for the fact that they have capped your salary such that if you do a perfect job, then you will get a 3% raise (maximum), barely keeping up with inflation. That percentage has also been steadily decreasing over the past five years.
    - There are no perks whatsoever. Free snacks? Ha ha, you wish! There is not even a water cooler! Not one water cooler in all five buildings at headquarters. The company will not pay for you to drink purified water at work. You can guess the rest of the perks from there. Their reason? "Profit sharing". That would work fine as a company strategy if it were actually unadulterated, honestly-calculated profit sharing.
    - There are barely any windows or skylights. You will work in a drab cubicle and walk through colorless hallways, under glaring fluorescent lights all day long.
    - HR forgot what the first letter of their department stands for. They do not have any means for employees to meet or organize clubs, no team outings or even on-site team building. They act like robots, barely doing what they are told. Expect no empathy from them. To their credit, the company structure is such that they work for the CFO. Their job is to save money.
    - As an engineer, you likely have never seen equipment as old or minimal as that with which you will be expected to work. Save money.

    Advice to Management

    When you tell all of your exempt employees that you are capping their raises at the level of inflation, regardless of how well they perform, have the common decency to give them a reason and to state the decision during a meeting instead of having managers forward a cold two-sentence email from HR with the only input from the manager being "FYI".

    Either choose to motivate your employees with profit sharing WITHOUT manipulating the number, or give your employees a water cooler and some other human resources.


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stuck"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bennies, lots of time off if you can work it, timeoff

    Cons

    Company culture needs updating, no upwards mobility, good 'ol boy club

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who build your products and pay them accordingly, time to update the benefits to reflect changes in the 21st century


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  5. 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.


  6. "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)


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits but awful office culture"

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


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Associate Design Engineer (Lab Super-Tech)"

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

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

    Pros

    Love it. Designers are very smart and good to work for. No politics, no games, no bulls***. Management focuses on high value, long life, high performance parts and has a long view. What a refreshing change from other short-sighted tech companies! Yes, there have been shutdowns but it sure beats getting laid off or working insane hours like most other companies handle downturns. A very broad based product line is also a pleasure to work with, it means there is no such thing as one big stumble that kills the company. I've learned a lot here and never want to leave.

    Cons

    None. This is as good as it gets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up guys, I want to retire from LTC.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Shut down after shut down"

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


  10. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Layout Designer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Contractor - Layout Designer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everything about this company is a pro.

    Cons

    There are no cons to this company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "Love it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. The focus is on making the best product and offering the best support. Financially, profit sharing twice a year and sabbaticals every five years help to make this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Since this is a great place to work and it seems that few people leave, at times it may be difficult to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't retire.



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