National Instruments Reviews in Texas

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
627 Reviews
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Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 91 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 66 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 15 reviews)

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

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    National Instuments

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice environment
    balanced life
    enjoyment
    life is good

    Cons

    Perks are more than Cons
    pay is good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work, very positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Senior Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Group Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to start and grow your career. Whatever your job function, there are always opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. I was able to find several great mentors, many of whom became personal friends. Very relaxed and fun work environment. I genuinely enjoyed going to work each day. NI as a company, and every direct manager I had, genuinely care about their employees as a person, you're not just a resource/number. Very nice campus and location in Austin. Very good overall benefits package.

    Cons

    Very consensus driven. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, everyone's feedback is gathered and considered, but on the other hand there tend be 'lurking approvers' who seem to have made a career out of torpedoing decisions at the last possible moment. Id expect this (and worse) at most workplaces, and it is fairly easily managed once you pick out the repeat offenders whose ego tends to make them quite predictable.

    Promotions beyond a certain level become more of a popularity contest, dependent on how much your manager 'cheer-leads' for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Metrics drive behavior. In some instances it seems only the goal is looked at (usually in some form of a $ goal: cost reduction, sales numbers, etc), rather than HOW it was achieved. A few of the more aggressive 'corporate climbers' have left a 'trail of bodies' in their wake, going seemingly unnoticed from above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall a great place to work especially if you're ambitious.

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture.
    Great work life balance.
    Great training and career development.
    If you're ambitious it's possible to create your own path.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average and new hires will suffer salary compression for several years.
    Upper management decision making is super slow. Managers are too concerned with what every other group in the company will think to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep salaries competitive, especially for employees that have been at NI for years, they are much more valuable than new hires (even experienced new hires).

    NI needs to figure out how to make decisions faster.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    This is my home.

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    Former Employee - Software Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Group Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are amazing. Every day, I get to work with thousands of brilliant engineers. This is what fuels me.

    Cons

    Every con I can think of is not really worth mentioning and externally driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cautious not to change too much too fast, this is a challenge when we grow to a very large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great employees but stingy compensation

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The company really has fostered a great culture -- it's actually fun to come to work. Internal classes also allow you to develop some skills.

    Cons

    Large product base to navigate. There doesn't seem to be as much ability to pursue new and unique ideas as they would like you to believe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work/life balance really is great, but show your employees you value them and pay competitive wages!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance. The culture is one of a kind and you can be creative in how you do your job. They encourage personal growth. They also take care of their top performers

    Cons

    The pay could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good

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    Current Employee - Staff Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Test Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great family and work balance. A ton of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Too much consensus to reach a decision. Salaries could be a bit better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It was a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Mail Clerk in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Mail Clerk in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best reasons to work there are because of the job , and the coworkers.

    Cons

    No cons to mention for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company was just fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great, open company

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Everyone works hard and plays hard. The work environment is very fun, and everyone is very active outside of work. Everyone is also willing to help you, too. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved in projects with the team you want to eventually work with. A lot of transparency with management, with open forum meetings to discuss office issues. Offices are in North Austin, so it is usually a much easier commute.

    Cons

    Moving up can be really competitive, depending on the department you want to transfer to after AE. Salary is good but not great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with a great heart

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    People really care about you as a person. Good work-life balance. Willing to give people a chance to move around and do different things. Leadership really tries to communicate changes and challenges openly and clearly.

    Cons

    Lack of structure to most things. You can't get a standard answer on most questions, as everyone does things a little differently. Very conservative approach to everything, which can sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on employee retention and top performers. In the long run, losing these individuals will cost you more money than if you just took care of them in the first place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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