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National Instruments Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
655 Reviews
3.6
655 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed working environment and good work/life balance; stable employment outlook (in 97 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 14 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Casual and fun workplace

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ELP Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - ELP Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture. The work life balance is good. The jobs seem interesting. Employees are very friendly

    Cons

    I've heard the salary is low. Training is boring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    People are always willing to help you, environment is good, a lot of activities

    Cons

    reduced budget, pay is below average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Products and Vision
    Great Culture -- work-life balance, values driven, collaborative environment

    Cons

    Slower to value the operational side of the business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company to grow skill sets and launch your professional career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was a seven year employee of NI and had numerous promotions during that time. There is a pointed focus on developing employee skill sets. A lot of in-house promotions, too. Great onsite amenities, such as multiple cafeterias, gym, health clinic (sooo convenient), volleyball courts, and more. Easy access off of Mopac, and right across the street from the Domain. The ESPP program is fantastic - free money to those that take advantage of it. The culture is very strong in this company, it really shows. This is the only company I worked for that spent a significant amount of time correctly managing employees, from timely praise and attentive listening, to performance management when necessary. That's probably the one thing I miss most about working at NI.

    Cons

    Compensation policies. The bottom line is, fight hard for your starting salary. After that, you'll be subjected to an annual raise policy that, when they're given (some years not), are small bumps (2-6% on average). There is no level-setting of salaries once you are promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You clearly hire the best and the brightest, but retention should be a stronger focus. I get the business case for your raise policy, but you're bleeding star performers who quickly eclipse their modest starting pay. Until you revisit this, you'll be stuck in a cycle of launching careers and not capitalizing on your development investments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    NI - A good place to work...if you have the patience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work environment, smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership to get problems solved, break through old mindsets. Lots of roadblocks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should be better listeners and stronger problem solvers at times while balancing the voice of the individual employees and middle management. I would like to see true Lean Leadership as described by people like Jim Womack.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to jumpstart your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Great company culture, innovative, in-house marketing department

    Cons

    Horizontal company, limited budget per department

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Coordinator at National Instruments

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training, work like balance, consistency, security

    Cons

    personal growth due to lack of promotion within, promotions are hard to come by, raises are minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing promotions and personal growth and making these things happen throughout the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great until recently

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, fun place to work. Fun products (mostly).

    Cons

    Lower pay than comparable companies. Great culture is at risk due to slower growth.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    National Instruments is a great company to start your career in Software Development.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture.
    Great benefits.
    Good work/life balance.
    Sound management.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement for senior developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, not the best compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    - Company culture
    - Employee amenities
    - Great place to learn
    - Sense of community is strong

    Cons

    - Compensation (salary)
    - Organization in some groups
    - Very silo'd work environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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