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    Relatively healthy company culture and great place to build a career, but with below average compensation and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Austin, TX

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


    NI is a pretty great place to work. The people are smart and for the most part engaged in what they do. Management is relatively transparent and does a decent job of communicating company goals and results modulo the standard medium-to-big company stuff that everyone else does. New grads, it's worth remembering that NI is a pretty conservative engineering organization overall, so don't expect a downtown startup-like atmosphere or attitudes despite how young many of your fellow coworkers will be, but it's not totally sterile or button-down either.


    Cheap. Compensation and benefits compare poorly to similar positions in Austin and don't seem to be keeping up even to the rising cost of living in the area, and Austin's not a cheap place to live anymore. Until recently, NI has argued fiscal austerity measures as the reason for the lack of salary increases and cutbacks in benefits; the relatively high attrition rate of experienced employees (especially the staff software engineers) and the competitive market for CS/EEs recently has kind of woken up management to the fact that they're going to have pay more to keep good people around. But this is a company that is thrifty to a fault, and expect penny pinching at every turn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the purse strings. I get that expense control is important, and being frugal has helped the company through the lean years. But the economy has rebounded now and competition is fierce--you're not going to get the talent you need or keep the experienced tech leadership that has taken the company to this point without seriously upping the compensation and benefits, and not penny pinching at every turn. The vacation accrual rate after 15 years is shockingly pathetic, just embarrassing. Fix that. If you're going to lowball salaries, at least throw a bone of a few more days of vacation a year at your employees. Keep that people that got you where you are. Treat them well.

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Updated Mar 24, 2015
Updated Mar 24, 2015

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    I applied through university recruiting website. The entire process took a little over two weeks. The interviewer asked about my resume and most proud of project. Also asked me about the worst bug I've had to track down. Overall it was a great experience, the interviewer was friendly.

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National Instruments Awards & Accolades

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Employees' Choice -50 Best Places to work (#8), Glassdoor, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012
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Headquarters Austin, TX
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1976
Type Company - Public (NATI)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Agilent Technologies

Since 1976, NI ( has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries—from healthcare to automotive and from consumer electronics to particle physics—use NI’s integrated... More

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