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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
163 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Comfortable place to work

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed working style, nice managers and colleagues. Great work life balance. Good benefits, pretty city (Austin). You'll like to work here if you enjoy working in a midsized fast-growing city with lots of young Mavericks, and if you're okay with the typical mid-class salary.

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation, especially for software developers. It's enough for a mid class life but their employees are worth more. Personal development is restricted,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation to attract more talents. Give employees a clear vision of the future of the company, and the success of employees themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Technical Writing Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Technical Writing Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Technical Writing Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    -Company atmosphere
    -Opportunity to work on interesting projects
    -Ability to get certified in LabVIEW
    -Great managers

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Lack of variation in work if not proactive enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow technical writing interns to utilize ability to work remotely from various location on the NI campus. Extended length of time spent at desk reduce productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    This is a good place to work. There are good opportunities and interesting projects. People are mostly interested in helping others to help the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Salaries are generally known to be below industry standard. Not a good place for somebody wanting to work heads down 40 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Analog Intern C series

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

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

    Pros

    Good engineering practices and work nice culture

    Cons

    Low pay. Need to pay more to attract talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to attract talent increase compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    staff hardware engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    great working environment, convenient work location

    Cons

    poor management stability. Low in salary :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Software Engineer, Intern at NI

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

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

    Pros

    Being an intern here was great. There is an entire structured intern program including training, intermediate evaluation and feedback sessions with a supervisor, and an exit interview. There is even an Intern Day. The work is interesting and challenging if this domain of work interests you. You work as part of a fully functioning software team which provides very valuable experience.

    Cons

    Getting into and out of a significant software project in just 3 months is difficult. Transitioning from small school projects to large software systems is a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure training covers relevant material. The intern training felt like a blanket training and most of what I learned I never used throughout my internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work, but not as interesting as it could be

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

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    A good place to work with a lot of smart, nice people and an overall good atmosphere. There is a lot of room to grow in any direction you want, and the ability to work on many projects. A stable job, and good work life balance. Company culture is great.

    Cons

    Sometimes can feel a little bland. Nothing is wrong with the company or its direction, but it also doesn't seem as stand-out as it could be. Pay is also a little low for the area and type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but also try doing some risky R&D type projects that are a little outside the company's comfort zone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great culture, solid benefits, satisfactory pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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

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