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Linear Technology Reviews

Updated June 27, 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)

    "Stuck"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Old fashioned and penny-pinching"

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    • 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.

  3. "Sr. RF Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Wireless Project Senior RF Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Wireless Project Senior RF Engineering Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Organized, competent and decent salary

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    non


  4. "good company to work for"

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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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    experienced analog designers in industrial electronics

    Cons

    work life balance can be compromised

    Advice to Management

    great management and philosophy


  5. "Good stable company."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Profit sharing every 6 months. Reasonable vacation time after 5 years of employment.

    Cons

    Some management have a power trip and will be difficult for no reason


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Linear Technology Corp"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Grass Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Grass Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Linear Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You will get to work on all phases of a project. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    You will have to work on all phases of a project, but you will get little support and have to do a lot of grunt work even if you are at a senior level. Static organization provides little opportunity to advance or even move sideways. Management is "Old-School" and very hierarchical and employees compete with each other rather than cooperate in teams. Resources are trimmed to the bone and you will have to use cheap, free or old tools.

    Advice to Management

    Profits are important but put a big damper on growth. R&D activity is inefficient - lots of engineers and design managers but they work inefficiently causing long design cycle times.


  7. "Good co"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Control Planner in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Production Control Planner in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linear Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    Profit sharing, sabbatical, good company.

    Cons

    Business run like in the 80s. Culture dry and mundane

  8. Helpful (1)

    "One of the kind company - soon gone"

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linear Technology full-time

    Pros

    Highly profitable, best profit sharing in industry, generous stock. once was thought to be stable, business model can go on as always.

    Cons

    Very demanding, old culture company. Slow growth. Struggling to grow big. Slowly going down hill.

    Advice to Management

    I guess, to ADI management. LTC is a really delicate, unique company. To make the merge work is a huge, huge challenge. The key thing is good people. Without good people, LTC worth nothing.


  9. "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?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good sabbatical"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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