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Very good place to work. The only catch is the lack of big money.

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Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

I worked at National Instruments

Pros

The people are all nice. They are all honest, and management is very clear on what the companies vision and mission is. It's a relaxed work environment with good benefits and competent staff.

One of the companies cores values is constant respect for people, and I've really seen this happen, all employees are treated fairly and respectfully. Everybody gets a cubicle, there are no private offices. I used to work as a software engineer just out of school for the first year or so I was there, and I saw the VP of engineering twice in that span of time. I was shocked when he remembered who I was on the second visit. It's the kind of place where you can chat with a director, share lunch with a section manager and interview interns in your first year.

Cons

The money is only average. Senior management also tends to be a little penny-wise but pound-foolish at times. The technologies you work on are somewhat company specific, so you need to work a little extra hard to make sure that you're still hireable outside of NI.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I think senior management is doing a pretty good job. Maybe give everybody a payhike. Especially the guys in B'lore - they're just as competent as the folks working for MS, Adobe, Intuit or Yahoo, but they get paid something like 60% of what these other guys make.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Not bad to work in National Instruments.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    First, the company gives enough respect to the employees. You can tell your opinion to your manager and tech leader. And they also give enough attention to your advice.
    Second, you have enough time to finish your work. Normally you don't need to take over time to finish your work. So you can balance your work and life.

    Cons

    The management and the development procedure is not good enough. The procedure can be different from one project to another. So the quality of a product can not be guaranteed by the development procedure. It depends on the team members and the time spent to finish the project.

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    Think about to improve the development procedure.

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    the "best and the brightest..." but to what end?

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Phenomenal coworkers and a rich work atmosphere. NI's philosophy of recruiting the "best and the brightest" really shines in the quality of people it employs. Extremely bright, fun, diverse, out-going people people hired into the company make everything else tolerable.

    Flexible scheduling. Very little micro-management.

    Plentiful opportunities and encouragement to increase company knowledge. Very environmentally conscious.

    National Instruments does a good job of providing employees outlets for creativity, though it sometimes neglects to properly acknowledge achievements of creativity. Granted, this will happen with any company, but it seems that tactful self-promotion is the preferred method of praise at NI, which can be a bit awkward.

    Lots of travel opportunities--for the first year or two.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for vertical career advancement; career openings appear in more of a horizontal position. Sometimes it's hard to be motivated for extra work when the reward doesn't necessarily move your career, say, three steps forward. Rather, it moves your career one step forward and then two steps to the left or the right.

    Managers act more like motivational orators than genuine logistics coordinators and mentors. You ask a manager a question, and assuming a ten-minute reply from a manager, the reply will have the following breakdown: 8 minutes will consist of compulsory enthusiasm and praise to you, and in the remaining 2 minutes might be the answer you wanted.

    The rich work atmosphere is regularly clouded by typical run-of-the-mill corporate hoopla. (The hype has good intentions, of course.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should communicate criticisms/feedback in a more direct and less flowery way. Don't try to be friends and managers at the same time. The two roles are mutually exclusive.

    Do your best to maintain the same work atmosphere. It's what makes a career at NI appealing.

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