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Updated Jun 30, 2014
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard

James J. Truchard

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGood place to get started straight out of school.

    ConsMobility is limited and learning opportunities are limited.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work-life balance, poor personal growth

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros- relaxed culture
    - good work-life balance
    - flexible work hours
    - at work doctor's office
    - good cafeteria food

    Cons- stagnant career progression
    - low pay and fewer pay raises compared to market
    - not challenging
    - unskilled management and leadership
    - more hiring abroad than local
    - promotions without pay raises is common

    Advice to Senior Management- low expectations leads to sub-par worker performance
    - unobtainable goals are not motivators to anyone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's time to pivot

    Software Group Manager (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Pros1. A great place to start your career.
    2. Immense learning from peers who are ever willing to help
    3. Tons of opportunities to learn from other teams

    Cons1. Compensation
    2. Recognition
    3. Trust

    I am surprised at the downward progression of a company I used to love and possibly idolize. It's a well known fact that NI pays average salaries for the market. Initially, it was OK given the overall benefits package but as the years progressed even that wasn't cutting it. The company definitely worked its way through the downturn without any layoffs. However, a lack of growth deemed as a direct correlation on the bottom line for employee compensation isn't fair on them when executives are being pumped with higher bonuses. Employer communication has gotten worse and there is definite lack of trust in management.

    Honestly, I feel bad about where things are after a decade of my association with NI.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to re-think strategies.

    1. Consolidate your product streams and cut the fat. Look at Yahoo! and Apple.
    2. Cut the low performers
    3. Make the hard decisions - spin off divisions
    4. Increase your raises and overall compensation. You will not be able to compete with the hot Austin market at this rate. Not providing raises for 2 years is insane in a growing economy.
    5. LabVIEW as a platform for engineers is a great concept for the end consumer. However, software engineers working on related products within the company are not going to remain marketable with that. Mix things up or you are going to lose all the great talent that you keep boasting about.
    6. Finally, Dr. T. It might be time to let go and let some fresh non-NI energetic talent in.

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

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    My NI Experience

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat co-workers, Great products! Great campus. Great work life balance!

    ConsPoor management: my managers change once ever year on average preventing me from advancing in my career. Also, the general quality of managers is poor. It's been my experience that they don't really know how to grow people.
    Poor salaries.
    There are too many internal systems and procedures. As a result productivity is greatly slowed down.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your people more and really invest in their careers. Don't jump from group to group.

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

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    Falling behind other technology companies...

    District Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsStarting salary was better than I expected. I was offered about the average of what a mechanical engineer at my university made coming out of school, which is really good considering many of my peers went to work in the oil and gas industry where salaries are very high. The Applications Engineering department was a very fun place to work when I was there (2008-2010) - my peers were mostly high performers and young so we had lots of fun. My first sales manager was the best manager I've ever had. NI also makes some awesome products.

    ConsAE management is a joke. Your "manager" is someone as tenured as you, which means they are about 24 years old and are supposed to be in charge of your career development despite the fact they haven't developed their own career yet.
    NI stands for "no income". Salary is nowhere near competitive over time. The worse part about this is management and HR know this and continue to spew corporate crap about how it's in line with the rest of the measurement/automation industry and our "whole package" is great. The problem is, even the "whole package" isn't great. The health benefits have been decimated and aren't as good as they are with my new company.
    I doubled my income when I left NI!
    NI talks a lot about corporate culture and how it's a great place to work, and 10 years ago it was probably the best place to work in Austin. However, Austin has exploded in the last few years with silicon valley giants like Google, Apple, Facebook and Evernote moving into town. Austin has become "Silicon Hills", and there are a lot of great places to work in Austin now. The culture at other companies in town is as good or better than NI, so many talented NI people have realized that they can make more money and not sacrifice culture and still work in Austin. The best people are leaving in droves. Although there are still many top performers at NI, there are a lot of average and low performing people still there because they don't have anywhere else to go.
    NI is a great place to work - if you are an average or low performing person. It sucks if you're a high performer and want to be rewarded for your merits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome a performance driven culture. The bottom 10% of people have to go. Stop worshiping at the altar of the "Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For" and start becoming a truly great place to work for the best people and you'll get back to the culture that was at NI in 1990s.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Genius of the AND

    Group Manager (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsSlow and steady culture, CEO the anchoring figure.

    ConsGrowth slowing, executive compensation increasing; genius of the AND. Average compensation for most others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLack of accountability in leadership and decision making

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

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    No loyalty.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsWork/life balance is encouraged.
    Coworkers are generally pretty great/smart.
    Work is interesting and fun.

    ConsTime off policies are to low
    Poor management - don't really understand how to grow employees and provide opportunities. Too much politics.
    Salaries/total compensation is low and losing ground to other technology companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with respect. Follow the 100 year plan. Cutting raises to employees and giving 24% raises and 15% bonues to top management doesn't sit well with most experienced employees.

    When reorganizations happen, new managers often give preferential treatment to older groups and newer groups get ignored.

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

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    Technical Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGave me alot of good job experience in sales. I met some very nice people and loved my co-workers. Learned good phone techniques for sales, learned oracle databases for our CRM.

    ConsPay is crap, they are not a flexible work place, you live and die by the clock. I doubled my salary by going elsewhere.. oh and if you are a non-engineer forget about ever being promoted

    Advice to Senior Managementpay better! People with non-engineering degree have talent too!!

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

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    Good Company, could be way better!

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    Prosflexible work schedule, casual work environment, job security

    Consbelow average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective

    Advice to Senior Managementstop pretending the company can sustain significant growth without learning from others who have been there, done that.

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

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    Future isn't too bright

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat work/life balance. Nice campus close to everything Austin has to offer. Get to work with some very intelligent people. Good place to start career, but not for the experienced professional

    ConsPolitics is running rampant... Inbred management does not have a clue about growing a business. Innovation has come to a stand-still and any current minimal growth comes from acquisitions. Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process... leading to stagnant growth.

    Salaries are way below industry average and bonuses do not make up for it since they are mostly based on growth and not profit even though they call it "profit sharing". Promotions do not come with salary increases and merit raises do not keep up with inflation. Top performers are not recognized for their contributions, so end up leaving the company. Company is as cheap as they get... refusing to spend any money to improve the business.

    Depth of leadership is very shallow. The CEO is great, but he is 70 years old and there really isn't anybody who can fill his shoes if he retires. The CFO may be a good candidate, but he is way too conservative to help with growth and there are many case studies which prove it is never a good idea to put a number cruncher in charge of an engineering company.

    The Fortune Top 100 Companies to Work rating is more propaganda than anything. First of all, companies need to pay to be on the list and secondly, the employees filling out the surveys can be hand selected for the best results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up the purse strings and stop insulting your employees with very low salaries. Austin is getting very expensive and there are plenty of other employers willing to fill the void if you will not. Reconfigure the bonus structure to give employees incentive to improve. Bring in some external experienced management with a proven track record for growing a company... but this will actually mean paying them what they are worth.

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

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