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National Instruments Reviews in Texas

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
657 Reviews
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657 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed working environment and good work/life balance; stable employment outlook (in 97 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 14 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great culture, solid benefits, satisfactory pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Campaign Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Hands down the culture. It's a creative environment where you truly believe you're making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    While the pay is fair, you're not going to get rich. All leadership are engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your business, marketing, and non-technical leaders. They have a lot to offer the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture driven workplace

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked there for 21 years, and they are definitely focused on making sure the work environment caters to the employee. They believe in the work/life balance, and offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to hours of work. Their benefits offering is very impressive.

    Cons

    The salaries for mid level management positions are not as competitive as what I have seen based on my research of similar positions in the market. They do balance that very well with an impressive benefits offering.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great to work with. My project was a bit open ended, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Cons

    It was a little monotonous. It's a classic 9am to 5pm job. I wasn't allowed to put in any overtime. I got tired of working on the same project day in, day out - I could have used a little variation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    National Instruments General Overview

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People: smart, young, approachable, friendly
    Work environment: relaxed
    Work flexibility: great work flexibility. Life balance is valued. Depending on your manager you may have the opportunity to work from home a couple of times a week
    Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Salary is below average and there are not many opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good work environment

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    NI is a great place to learn and grow. There are lots of opportunities to expand your abilities and create a new role for yourself. Everyone is hard working and there's a good sense of teamwork. NI really is on the edge when it comes to new technologies which makes it an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is the biggest con. Base salaries tend to be lower than the industry average. This used to be offset by a stable environment and performance bonuses, but with company performance waning in the past few years, those perks haven't been as attractive. Also, hard work is expected, but not always rewarded. Management can be a little too fluid as folks are encouraged to seek personal growth which results in lower and mid level managers moving around a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to employee's needs compensation wise. Balance personal growth with stable management. Encourage managers to be in a role for at least 2 years before moving to a different position.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    They have a great internship program, and worth while projects to work on.

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

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (less than an 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.

  8. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Work Culture and excellent place to start your professional career

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

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work-life balance

    Cons

    relative less compensation compare to similar companies.

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

    Overall, Long-term Great Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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