National Instruments Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. They have a great internship program, and worth while projects to work on.

    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Hardware Engineer Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work on your own schedule, as long as you can work your 40 hours per week. Laid back work place. I learned a lot about product's life cycles and relevant technical information.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay compared to other similar tech companies. My mentor some what neglected me, but was always willing to help if I pushed it out of him.


  2. Awesome internship!

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

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great community, facility, and intern events

    Cons

    Pay can be a little low

    Advice to Management

    bump your intern salary!!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great Work Culture and excellent place to start your professional career

    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture.
    Friendly co workers.
    Great scope to learn a lot.

    Cons

    One of the cons which I felt was the pay offered by National Instruments is very less, for the amount of work they require you to do the compensation is very less.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider increasing the compensation rate, it is one dark spot in an otherwise good workplace.


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  5. Fun Place to Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    great work-life balance, considerate managers and employees, strong system of company values, fun location (Austin)

    Cons

    As an intern, I didn't see many cons in the company. I grew as a software engineer while I was there and developed good connections with other employees. I have heard indirectly that competitive salaries are a concern.


  6. Helpful (7)

    They trained me too well. 3 years later everyone is willing to pay me more than NI.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn and work with talented people. They invest heavily on your training. Management is friendly and smart. Decent site in Austin. NI week is very enjoyable for employees.

    Cons

    They claim to hire only the best an brigtest. They hire above average performers, but they pay below average salaries. NI invests very cautiosly, you'll never see growth higher than 20% YoY, bonus will be small. If you work harder than everyone you won't get any rewards. Half of the skills you learn are non transferable.

    Advice to Management

    Pay above average salaries. Let R&D work closer with customers. Stop worrying about stability and start investing more aggressively where it makes sense.


  7. Good company, cares about its people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - RF Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - RF Engineer Intern

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were great and it was a very good learning opportunity

    Cons

    The pay was a bit low


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work-life balance

    Cons

    relative less compensation compare to similar companies.


  9. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    balance between life and work, good interpersonal relationship, not so much salary, in all I am satisfied with this company, it's a good place for people looking for stable life

    Cons

    Not so energetic, people working there seem very stable, not looking for more chance of changing work or venture for startup. It could be hardly a con, but for people who have a startup dream like me, I would prefer to another place


  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall, Long-term Great Employer

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work environment with lots of energetic and smart employees. Company's products and customer applications are really cool. Work environment is great. Very stable employer. Management cares about employees and works to create meaningful job responsibilities and career paths.

    Cons

    Decision making is slow. Compensation is below average due to large ratio of employees to revenue and profit. Tools and processes are outdated and cumbersome. Difficult for experienced hires to integrate into the home grown culture.


  11. Great people and great learning experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Very welcoming and kind
    No micromanagement
    Office has lots of amenities (gym, workout classes, sand volleyball)

    Cons

    Pay is not up to expectations



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