National Instruments
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www.ni.com Austin, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 9, 2014
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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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Fantastic company to grow skill sets and launch your professional career.

Group Manager (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsI 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.

ConsCompensation 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Senior Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

ConsLimited opportunities for advancement for senior developers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Senior Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

ProsWork environment, smart people, challenging work

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

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good people, fun projects, mediocre salary

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThere are opportunities to work on great projects if you can move around enough in the company.

ConsCreativity is not always valued; personal side projects don't get much support. The salary and benefits are below grade for companies in this sector. Management is pretty social so if you don't have an outgoing personality it will be harder to get promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on creativity. Create a culture of continuous education. Award people for pushing the envelope.

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Great place to start but...

Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat starting wages for newly graduated engineers. Awesome work environment and culture. Super nice Austin campus and a real 21st century attitude toward the work life.

ConsHard to move up. Very slow to increase pay. Often stuck in their ways. Their fast growth has caused some jam-ups with employee retention and promotion. In recent years, decisions that were good for shareholders were not so good for employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay better to keep longer term technical employees. Increase level of additional benefits to match what other high-tech companies are offering their employees. You are falling behind.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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As they say, "Great place to launch a career"

ELP Engineer (Applications Engineer) (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

Pros- Very extensive training programs ranging from technical proficiencies, leadership development, customer support and best practices in sales
- Relaxed/fun work environment
- Little oversight, laxed work hours
- Easy to network and gain exposure
- Great culture
- Ability to drive your own initiatives and career

Cons- The group environment, especially ELP, can be quite distracting and hard to focus
- Salary is low and raises are rare
- Rare to have a structured routine for a work day, need to be highly adaptable every day
- Quite easy to work 50+ hour work weeks

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide proper (and truthful) recruiting messages to ELP and do not sugar coat the job prospects or the salary and potential for raises.

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Stable company with ethical CEO

Engineer (Former Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsStable. Good management. Room for growth. Low on politics.

ConsI hear from friends who left that salary is lower than what you might get at other companies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The culture and people are amazing. Everyone works in cubicles even the C-level executives. Great company to work.

Database Marketing (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe people are great and willing to help each other out.

NI does not believe in layoffs. Even in tough economical times.

ConsThe pay is really low.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great atmosphere, smart people. I had to take a whole week off of work for Jury Duty and was paid for the whole week.

Technical Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

ProsGym at the office, deck parties are great, everyone is friendly and smart.

ConsThe base pay could be higher.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stable company. Friendly culture.

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsFriendly atmosphere. Relaxed environment. Challenging work.

ConsBase salary lower than average.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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