Linear Technology
3.8 of 5 40 reviews
www.linear.com Milpitas, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 26, 2014

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Linear Technology CEO and Director Lothar Maier

Lothar Maier

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsProducts 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.

ConsLTC 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work

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

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsProfit sharing
Sharing of ideas about circuits

ConsSomewhat dated facilities and equipment

Advice to Senior ManagementQuarterly meetings and q and a are very helpful

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Decent place for engineers however non-engineering position not so

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

ProsDesign 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.

ConsNon – 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

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Design Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

ProsExceptional 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for analog circuits

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

ProsIf 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementBe less stingy with money for lab equipment and offer more paid time off.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

Proswork with strong design and application teams

Consemployee 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 Senior Managementwake up! lower your profit margin...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

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

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsGet to work with some smart people.

ConsAnnual 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 Senior ManagementLighten up and loosen the purse strings. Be more supportive of employees and treat them fairly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A Mixed Bag (Like Almost Anywhere)

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linear Technology

ProsLinear has some incredibly talented employees and there are many opportunities to learn if you search for the right mentors.

ConsThere are some not so talented employees making it important that you take the effort to find those who can help you grow. Leadership also varies wildly between groups.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo more to differentiate the treatment of your excellent and not so excellent employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsA 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementLighten' up a bit, please.

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Very Good for very technically oriented

Senior Test Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA (US)

I have been working at Linear Technology

ProsVery technically oriented. Good profit sharing. High morality standards.

ConsCan be very technically demanding.

Advice to Senior ManagementLinear prides itself on sharing the wealth by telling employees that pay consists of salary + profit sharing + stock. But senior management and key employees also have performance and other bonuses. This seems unfair.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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