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NI's R&D is a good and reliable place to develop knowledge, skills and experience, but it develops people very slowly.

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

Pros

- R&D gives a lot of responsibility to engineers of all positions, which I find very fulfilling
- Strong culture aided by no fear of lay-offs and minimal politicking
- Most managers are effective and not just buzzword generators
- Great opportunities to get involved in the community, especially with education

Cons

- Improving, but still sub-standard infrastructure
- Slow advancement
- Low Starting Pay
- Extremely low raises
- Bonuses are calculated on an expectation of 40% organic growth

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    Great place to work for talented engineers!

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for engineers - software, hardware, etc... Management encourages changes roles to find the right fit. NI hires talented engineers, so you rarely work with incompetent people. Work life balance is encouraged, and most managers are understanding if you have family, so you usually don't have to worry about working insane hours - except of course for the occasional release push. Also - Austin is a great place to live!

    Cons

    Salary can be low compared to competition... but make sure you look at cost of living when comparing - Austin is a fairly inexpensive place to live. NI used to operate like a small company with limited bureaucracy, but they've grown which means that shared processes can sometimes get in the way of development. So far management has mitigated some of this, and I don't think it is nearly as bad as other big companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making top-level processes match an agile development process that many teams are using.

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  2.  

    Great company, great leadership, average pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    NI has many great leaders in the company, which is part of the reason they are so successful. Great balance of work and family. Good benefits. Great people.

    Cons

    Pay is below average for industry. Health insurance isn't as good as it used to be. Sometimes you can hit the "we've always done it this way" attitude, which stunts growth.

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