National Instruments
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Updated Dec 31, 2013
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96% Approve of the CEO

National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard

James J. Truchard

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86% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Not a place for an experienced individual without a bachelors degree

Technician (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsEasy place to work, Very Flexible hours. Seven hour days are typical

ConsThe goal is to hire the best and the brightest and pay you 95% of the radford average.Many managers are very young and clueless. If you have experience and know what needs to be done, You can expect to have to convince a very young manager and gain consensus from the politically connected masses. Consensus building is king, Actual leadership is frowned upon.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagers are so afraid of making a mistake they require tons of data to make a simple decision and are typically paralyzed by their own analysis.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Consensus-driven, but really CEO-driven, culture prevents change and decision-making

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

ProsNI has a very laid-back atmosphere and the company promotes work-life balance.

ConsThe company shuns experienced hires, especially if you do not have an engineering or technical background. As someone with many years of experience, I felt I had to prove myself all over again, which was exhausting.

There is a spoken desire to embrace change and do things better, but it is not followed up by action or empowerment. The lack of leadership and authority to drive change is astounding. Every meeting was slow-motion churn to nowhere. Decisions would finally get made after months of deliberation and consensus-building and then the CEO could overturn them in a second. There is no focus or prioritization - everything is important.

The pay is terrible and the benefits aren't that great. The laid-back atmosphere doesn't make up for the lack in pay and the inability to drive meaningful change.

The company focuses on recruiting college grads, so the more experienced people are outnumbered by new grads with no experience.

Management seems blind to the world outside NI and to non-customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the customer, not on yourselves. Stop playing favorites with just the same handful of people. Get out of your NI bubble and benchmark against other technology companies. Make experienced hires feel welcome and empower them to lead. Prioritize.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Must drink the koolaid to succeed here

Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexibility, fun environment, great co-workers, beautiful campus, decent cafeteria

ConsSalary stinks, benefits are mediocre, promotions and job changes are for people who suck up to the right people, Managers can be very inexperienced leading to a lot of favoritism and an extreme lack of professionalism. Definitely not a "best place to work" (NI pays to be included on the fortune list of best places to work)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work unless...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments

ProsSmart top-level management
superior products
progressive in terms of growth
no "layoffs"
excellent recession adaptations

Cons"Great place to work", unless..
you are in less-than perfect health
are older
have outdated skillset
you have health issues

Never mind how long you've worked at or how loyal you are to NI, expect to be screwed over the second you cease to be a "super" performer.

If you have a disability, unless it SHOWS, you can forget about accommodations.
You will be treated like a lying malingerer and driven out of your job, with insulting bad performance reviews to trump up their false claims.

If you are not a drinker, you will become an outcast. So many "perks" revolve around drinking.

Work-life balance? Forget it! Best place to work? Are you kidding me??

Advice to Senior ManagementNot everyone who is good at their job should be promoted to management. People leave managers, not jobs. PLEASE take any complaints against mgt seriously. A bad manager can ruin an otherwise dedicated and superior employee.
HR is not your friend if you find yourself in difficulty. They will "say" all the right things, but "beware". Mgt will find ways to ruin your reputation that have nothing to do with your actual job performance if they feel you are no longer a "good fit".
One's value to the company is very quickly reduced to nothing if you are less than 100% healthy, young and full of energy.
Too much focus on young, healthy employees who have few work-life balance problems!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Limited growth after a few years

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments

ProsFlexible with employees and stable employment

ConsNI has limited opportunities to allow employees to grow

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not that Great

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at National Instruments

ProsGood to start at right after college. Leave 2 years after you gain experience and earn twice the $$ NI will pay. And guess what, their benefits suck.

ConsPay and working with people who have no real career aspirations

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible experience-- got stuck in the worst group at an otherwise great comoany

Marketing Communications Group (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at National Instruments

ProsSurrounded by creative, hugely innovative minds

ConsInternational marcom group consists of unprofessional folks-- shocking. They spoke to each other in asian languages in meetings making no attempt to include the english speaker in their midst. It is like a little inner circle-- in which case, why did they hire me? I quit in no time. Nightmare. No clear directio. Was ever provided, i was left to scramble and find my own bearings. Hostile atmosphere!

Advice to Senior ManagementOne ill-advised group can tarnish the image of an entire corporation. Hope someone is taking stock of such groups within your company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments

ProsSome very smart engineers
The CEO is modest and approachable
Somewhat flexible schedules
Some great people in general
Location is good

ConsMiddle management is inexperienced and incompetent
Unlike the CEO, the rest of the senior management is not modest and approachable
Smarter people usually leave after a few years of service because they get burnt out by the unfair treatment and by the increasing politics
It's definitely, and by far, not one of the "best places to work", there are some 100% true believers who keep voting extremely positively in the surveys
Unlike what you're told, pay is really bad if you stay there long enough after school

Advice to Senior ManagementDr. T, please replace ALL management! Almost no exception! This company has a lot of potential with its original ideas but does not have the right "generals" to lead it!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's just a job.

Senior Hardware Technician (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments

ProsReasonable pay and benefits.
Cafeteria on campus.

ConsYoung engineers without discipline and poor managers routinely ignore internal processes designed to help with project development. This results in late projects and bad reviews for the team when it comes time to assign the blame.

Twice yearly reviews are sometimes only done once a year. If your manager skips one, that info doesn't make it to the salary review meeting. Your manager may have other meetings and chose those over attending the salary meeting. Advancement and compensation discussions WILL NOT reflect the opportunities for development that NI advertises during interviews.

Remember to suck up. You need good technical reviews but you'll also need the blessing of some hard to work with senior engineers to get advanced.

As you get closer to advancement, your evals will decline. You will suddenly not get credit for projects, even if you have a signed apprecitation cetificate for the same work. Fault will be found.

If you are career oriented, I do not recommend staying long at NI.

Advice to Senior ManagementI've given advice, they don't take it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Looking for an IT career, don't work here.

Programmer Analyst I (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at National Instruments

ProsThe benefits are the best I've seen anywhere. The work/life balance is great as well.

ConsThe IT department is the red headed step child of the company. The salaries are lower, advancement is limited, and investment into the department is low. Engineers are treated great, but the IT department is treated drastically different. Most of the people work there are good people, but there was too much backstabbing and pointing fingers. If you're a positive person and would like to stay positive its extremely hard in IT. If you are IT this is not the place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the IT department with more value. All parts of a machine are important.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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