Linear Technology Reviews

Updated 10 July, 2014
Updated 10 July, 2014
45 Reviews

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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier
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  1.  

    Always tense, numbers and forecast updates regularly requested yet data never used properly.

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Milpitas, CA (US)

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Full Profit Sharing once you achieve 2 years tenure. Respected product portfolio. Short lead times. Solid stock performance.

    Cons

    Arrogance of senior management. Pricing is consistently higher than competitors who are equally good at what they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Undeniably profitable with no long-term vision on revenue growth. Amortize mature products and take less margin instead of constantly putting yourselves in a confrontational situation with customers who have more choices today than ever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think Twice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chelmsford, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chelmsford, MA (US)

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Compensation is among the highest in the industry. You can become very wealthy working for Linear if you have a hide thick enough to handle the abusive treatment.

    Cons

    Confrontational, threatening atmosphere. Management uses threats to control and "motivate" employees. Rarely any positive feedback. Seniority is sneeringly referred to as "longevity".
    If you are a decent Analog Designer then get in, make your money and get out as fast as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These people are so arrogant that no advice given would be heeded under any circumstances. Like the dog who barked each morning at sunrise, they remain convinced the the sun rises because of their barking. After all, the sun is coming up isn't it? You can't argue with their
    success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Linear Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Good compensation
    good communication within engineering team
    got exposure to a large range of things
    engineering atmosphere is good if staying in the right team

    Cons

    Not much professional training
    Not many chances for promotion
    Sometimes, the large work load can prevent you from learning new things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In fact, I think the management did what they were supposed to do.

    Maybe, as employee, people may think the management shall do more things for them. But the management did their work for the company and for big shareholder. So no big complain.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Products are high performance, robust and reliable. Engineers have the right attitude to make things right at the very first try. LTC has interesting innovation in IC development.

    Cons

    LTC is a conservative company. Upper and senior managements don't usually take risk and implement big changes. If they find a way that works, they stick with that way until something catastrophic happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't think of anything to say now. Consider the current economic condition, the company is in a relatively good position and make good profits when the economy becomes better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA (US)

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Profit sharing
    Sharing of ideas about circuits

    Cons

    Somewhat dated facilities and equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quarterly meetings and q and a are very helpful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent place for engineers however non-engineering position not so

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Design is focus on making sure their part is near perfect when release.
    Get to work with some of the best designers around.
    Able to pick the brains for ideas & help.

    Cons

    Non – engineering personnel is not highly regarded compared to engineers.
    Not many people can utilize the tuition reimbursement.
    Rapid career advancement is unlikely – hierarchy is flat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to loosen some of the purse-strings – Linear is not willing spend the money thatcan better the company in R&D and the employees.
    Establish a better development program for personnel when becoming managers.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    LTC

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Exceptional talent. Good networking. A lot of collaboration by way of walking around and chatting about circuits, techniques etc. Not a lot of micromanaging. Fairly efficiently run company. Excellent compensation, especially in the form of bonuses.

    Cons

    Sometimes frugality made the job challenging. Linear used to have a lack of desire in wanting to spend the extra buck on software packages or equipment. They have improved on this over the years. This frugality also led to innovation (a pro) where engineers had to be clever to circumvent whatever shortcomings they had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general, the management is well run. It was nice that most of the management team was once on the engineering side.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for analog circuits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    Pros

    If you want to work with some of the smartest people in the field of analog circuits, this is the place. There are top notch engineers all around and everyone is doing challenging and educational work. You have a lot of individual responsibility for your own project. Flat hierarchy with high employee retention. Rewarding profit sharing program and paid sabbatical.

    Cons

    The benefits package is a bit lacking (no vision insurance). Stingy corporate culture; the company is reluctant to spend money on computers and lab equipment. Minimal vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be less stingy with money for lab equipment and offer more paid time off.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant Stock price and people see it for the sweat shop it is.

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    Current Employee - Test Manager  in  Milpitas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Test Manager in Milpitas, CA (US)

    I have been working at Linear Technology

    Pros

    Get to work with some smart people.

    Cons

    Annual reviews focus more on negatives than positive. Max 5% raises, even during good times. Meager stock awards. A "Cover your ass" mentality. Lots of cussing and unprofessionalism from management. Design is king, all other depts are step children and abused. Some engineers are buddy buddy with their boss and able to slack off, you end up having to pick up the slack. Very little chance for career growth. No training provided. VERY HARD to get needed equipment (it took 2 years to get adequate chairs on test floor, people used to stand at terminals).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Linear Technology

    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 ManagementAdvice

    wake up! lower your profit margin...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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