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Excellent company for an internship and seems excellent overall

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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)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Competitive pay (for an intern) Lots of other interns and an unusually outgoing culture Plenty of guidance. Interns get a mentor for guidance about broader topics (how are you liking it here, here's what you can do in Austin, what can I do for you?) and a tech lead who always has time for technical problems (at least mine did) Employees all enjoy their jobs, pretty much without exception. You'll hear complaints once in a while but no I met one actually disliked their job in general. The company plans intern events, helps interns communicate with each other, and general cares about making sure they're having a good time in and out of work. Being an intern certainly gives you a foot in the door and lots of interns received full-time offers. Lots of full-timers were once interns. Austin is a very cool city with a lot to do -- What I suspect from only working there for a few months -- I believe this company puts their employees first, above shareholders and customers and whomever else. The leadership seems pretty conservative and aims for steady, sustainable, long-term growth rather than immediate boom. During downturns everyone tightens their belts and no one gets laid-off. Overtime seems quite rare here, at least where I worked. NI generally promotes a healthy work-life balance and they seem to mean it. My co-workers would mostly show up at 9 or 9:30 and leave at around 5:00. I would show up a little later and leave at about 5:30 and I would almost always be the last person out then. Employees will often go off to lunch for like two hours in the middle of the day and still leave at 5:00! If I had to guess I'd say that other people in my group were working about 36 hours per week not counting lunch. Interns actually worked the most because we had time cards and we were expected to work 40 hours per week. At current NI seems to be having a mini-Renaissance and emerging from a short period of revenue loss with very strong revenue gains. Overall I was very optimistic about the future of this company and everyone else seemed to be too.

Cons

Intern pay is actually pretty good but I hear often that full-time pay is average at best. Austin is very, very hot in the summer. For about a month the temperature was over 100 degrees all day every day. Although Austin itself is very interesting, it's kind of an island in that sense. The only other major city it's worth making a day-trip to is San Antonio. Dallas is about 3 hours away. But I'm from the bay area so maybe I'm judging too harshly.

Advice to Management

Keep the intern program as it is! Think about paying full-timers better.

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    Great place to start but questionable for long-term career

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - laid back atmosphere - plenty of great project opportunities if you happen to be in the right place at right time - stable employer

    Cons

    - poor management could be detrimental to your career success - decisions are consensus driven - salary is OK, but mediocre reward given for skills and performance


  2. Helpful (2)

    A very strange company

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart people here, and there are opportunities to learn and experience things beyond the job description. Very stable company that serves all markets and industries, so they are relatively immune to big economic upsets in one or more segments. If you get hired, you can expect to stay a long time if you do your job well.

    Cons

    The company hires mostly direct from college and the young age and relative inexperience has the employees believing their own hype. You can grow in your responsibilities and take on new titles, but every "advancement" is a lateral move in terms of salary. When you're young and ambitious, this becomes incredibly frustrating and demoralizing especially as you see the top managers receiving bonuses and stock grants. What exactly did they contribute?

    Advice to Management

    Your top management isn't the reason for your success. Spread the wealth, and reward your staff employees rather than giving the top guy the big bonus. You can't imagine what an extra percent or two in salary does to boost morale.


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