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Staff Product Engineer

National Instruments Penang, Malaysia

National Instruments is looking for a highly energetic individual for a staff level Product Glassdoor

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Staff Test Engineer

National Instruments Austin, TX

The National Instruments Test Engineering organization has a 2014 opening for a staff-level Test Engineers. As an NI Test Engineer, you will enjoy… Glassdoor

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Staff Software Engineer - 2014 Openings

National Instruments Austin, TX

• Work and interact with a wide variety of NI staff in R&D software and hardware organizations, as well as employees from other business groups… Glassdoor

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Staff Process Engineer

National Instruments Penang, Malaysia

• Works independently on problems of complex scope where analysis of require data review • Defines projects and technologies that are sustainable and… Glassdoor

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Senior/Staff Engineering Change Coordinator

National Instruments Penang, Malaysia

R&D’s Engineering Configuration Management group is the backbone of managing R&D’s product development and maintenance processes. CM is looking for a… Glassdoor

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Staff Software Engineer - Models of Computation & High-Level Synthesis - New Gra

National Instruments Austin, TX

The National Instruments Software R&D organization has 2014 openings for talented Software Engineers with a PhD degree and expertise in designing and… Glassdoor

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Test Engineer (BS-NG) for

National Instruments Austin, TX

• Work and interact with a wide variety of NI staff in R&D software and hardware organizations, as well as employees from other business groups, both in Austin, Te… Glassdoor

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Senior Software Engineer - 2014 Openings

National Instruments Austin, TX

• Work and interact with a wide variety of NI staff in R&D software and hardware organizations, as well as employees from other business groups… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Multiple openings

National Instruments Austin, TX

National Instruments Corp. seeks to fill multiple openings in Austin, TX for the following: (1) Product Marketing Engineers to apply knowledge of… Glassdoor

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Full-Time Regular

National Instruments Hungary

•Provide technical support for manufacturing. •Working daily with manufacturing floor issues. •Develop, standardize and improve manufacturing… Glassdoor

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    Aspires to be the North Korea of Tech Companies. A previously admirable company in Decline.

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

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


    Great environment for interns and new hires (at the expense of long term employees). It is expected that long term employees bend over backwards to scrape together good projects for you and cater to your every whim in hopes you join and help satisfy the churn of the 5 year treadmill. This works well; interns join until they slowly become disillusioned, and leave after having groomed an intern of their own who will take their place (departing Senior Level engineers are always replaced by fresh grads). The net experience level in this company is constant due to the 5 year treadmill and management seems to scratch their heads in the face of decreasing efficiency and increasing project development cycles when projects become more bloated and difficult while the experience level of the developers has flatlined. Put your five years in and then leave for one of the top tier consumer electronics companies where hard work is valued with compensation and true career growth.

    If you are experienced and value family life, you will find it here. You can "go out to pasture" after 5 years of proving yourself and coast by the rest of your career. This is the only economical and optimal reason to stay after 5 years unless your family can be sustained on nothing but kool aid.

    You obtain valuable skills and experience in the first five years here. If you happen to fall under the newly minted layoff axe, you shouldn't have any difficulty finding a higher compensation position elsewhere.

    You don't even need to shop your salary around; NI has hired a third party company to compare your salary to every podunk competitor with subpar workers and we've made sure to put you just slightly below the industry average because it's so awesome to just BE here! Everyone cheer for the goal of providing average wages for "The best and the brightest!"


    NI (don't call it "National Instruments"!) spends an astronomical amount of time and money on sales and marketing (externally AND internally). Rather than improve employee compensation, the company will choose to kick the propaganda up a notch every time - this has been in overdrive in 2014 - "Think of the vision!" "We can do anything together!". It all converges in the cult of personality developed around Dr T and the executives. Do it for the dear leader, don't look outside the window to other companies, it's just as good or better here!

    NI relies on fear of change and lack of knowledge of outside companies to keep people around. Everybody at NI knows nothing BUT NI by design, the company only hires new grads in lieu of any experienced engineers. Thankfully, this company is easier to escape than it's model country as Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook are happy to poach the cream of the 5 year crop after they've stagnated (and they will) at NI.

    The benefits of the rank and file are based on NI being a growth company but it is run like (and is) a value company. No risks, extremely high dividend that prevents investment in R&D (and goes straight into the pockets of the executives who still hold a very large amount of outstanding stock), and lack of good business leadership mean that experienced employees get the short end of the stick every quarter.

    NI is so incredibly cheap it is mind boggling. You will share hotel rooms with other (loudly snoring) grown men to save $100/night while you work 16 hour days recruiting, you will pay a hefty monthly penalty fee to provide benefits for your family if they have any other option of coverage (no matter how poor it is), you will take the longest and cheapest flights possible, your expense reports will be scrutinized to no end and every purchase req will demand that your life depends on it.

    No worthwhile career growth past the senior level. You can take on as much responsibility as you like and improve your skills but won't get anything for it in comparison to other top tier companies.

    The company benefits and morals are in constant decline. Higher premiums, worse coverage, worse relative compensation, (NEW!) layoffs, obscured communication, secret promotion freezes, skipped merit increases, layoffs (again! NI is now like every other business in the world - layoffs WILL happen if it makes business sense, even in Austin). The stock is doing fine and the dividends will predictably raise year after year while employee net compensation will fail to keep up with national modest inflation and much more aggressive Austin inflation.

    Your family will be in a worse position every year you stay with this company. You will get to see them nearly as much as you like, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees should be more than simple, fungible cogs in the machine of Dr T's legacy. Providing well for the families that sacrifice to enable that legacy should be on just as high a pedestal.

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