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Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
606 Reviews

3.7
606 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective (in 13 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Flexible place to work, however they haven't figured out how to pay properly.

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    Current Employee - Hardware Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Hardware Technician in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is good. Product development keeps you engaged. Office culture is relaxed and fun. Deck parties are a good boost for morale.

    Cons

    Pay and increases are not competitive to the market around town. There is a lot of frustration around the company about this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider truthfully looking at the value of your employees and what they are really bringing to the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    The projects are very interesting and enjoyable to work on. The benefits are good, and the opportunities to learn new things when you start are many. I get to wear shorts everyday and occasionally drink beer at work functions. Talk about nice culture. There are decent opportunities for career growth. The CEO, CFO, and other executives are pretty great. They've been able to weather two recessions now without any layoffs.

    Cons

    It seems like the company is currently going through some growing pains. I'm sure they will eventually work through it, but the company isn't really growing. Salary quickly falls behind the industry average after a few years of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might need to try new strategies if the company hasn't been growing, rather than waiting to weather the storm or trying to squeeze every little thing for more profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to start career

    Current Employee - Writer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Writer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    There is challenging, interesting work available with supportive management, co-workers, and training opportunities. The work culture and environment are positive.

    Cons

    Some do not consider the salaries to be comparable to similar opportunities available at other companies, including the offered benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on more than just the entry-level careers and positions.

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  5.  

    Very friendly place to work, not the best at salary and growth

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    Current Employee - Staff Technical Writer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Technical Writer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    The people are friendly, smart, and motivated. The campus is lovely, the company really has a mission.

    Cons

    Pay is low, advancement opportunities are stifled by thick wall of 10-20 year experience employees, vacation is pathetic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better vacation, better telecommuting, better accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun and exciting place to work!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern I  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern I in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Casual dress code with food and events going on all the time. Large opportunity to grow in rank quickly. Management is easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    Austin is hot and the roads around town and weather are not an ideal environment. Housing prices are increasing rapidly as well. The company's great, but the area's not the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place for Recent Graduates and Senior Professionals Looking for Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Strong culture focused on teamwork. Community-oriented business that dedicates employee time and money to education initiatives. Great program for building recent college grads into engineering leaders. Core focus on customer success and satisfaction. Fantastic CEO!

    Cons

    Must be an engineer to advance, even in marketing-focused roles. Too internally focused on building consensus and having the "perfect plan." Slow-paced, meeting-obsessed culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower employees to make decisions. For example, often times, I had to present information to every individual on the working team and then present the same information to the group as a whole. It would have been more efficient to get buy-in virtually first or present the information to the group as a whole first. Then, schedule a follow-up meeting if things need to get hashed out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    An Above Average Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    NI is very flexible with your schedule. I never feel guilty showing up a little late for work, taking a long lunch, etc. As long as I put in my 40 hours, I don't get hassled.

    The work is interesting. Sometimes it is so interesting that I put in extra hours because I want to, not because I'm expected to.

    The people are extremely smart and you will learn a lot. The work is challenging so there is a lot to learn.

    For the most part, management is pretty capable and transparent.

    Cons

    Salary is poor. Raises are poor. Promotions come with little or no extra money. Benefits are average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start investing more in your employees. I have seen a lot of good talent leave in the last year for higher paying jobs. NI has a good company culture, but you can't feed your family with good culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Quickly growing company with fun work environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

    Pros

    My work always felt important and necessary to keep the company going. My boss was a great person, easy to get along with, and always willing to teach and answer questions.

    Cons

    The internally used technology was a bit outdated and sometimes very frustrating. My computer was also a bit outdated. I also felt like some days I would get stuck at my desk working nonstop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work. Some growing pains

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    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Digital Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    There is always a challenging project to work on. The people you work with are very smart. Very good culture. Lots of innovative solutions in their products. There is lots of opportunities for training and professional growth.

    Cons

    Compensation has been a challenge in the last 2 or so years due to the slower growth and the economy. The overall T&M market not growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on maintaining top talent as is the main asset of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering management

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    Current Employee - Engineering Management  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Solid hardware and software product platforms. Good work-life balance, work hard, play hard. Located in North Austin, which makes it an easier commute.

    Cons

    Salary has lots of room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary has lots of room for improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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