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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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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)

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

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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  1. Helpful (6)

    Consensus-driven, but really CEO-driven, culture prevents change and decision-making

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NI has a very laid-back atmosphere and the company promotes work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company shuns experienced hires, especially if you do not have an engineering or technical background. As someone with many years of experience, I felt I had to prove myself all over again, which was exhausting. There is a spoken desire to embrace change and do things better, but it is not followed up by action or empowerment. The lack of leadership and authority to drive change is astounding. Every meeting was slow-motion churn to nowhere. Decisions would finally get made after months of deliberation and consensus-building and then the CEO could overturn them in a second. There is no focus or prioritization - everything is important. The pay is terrible and the benefits aren't that great. The laid-back atmosphere doesn't make up for the lack in pay and the inability to drive meaningful change. The company focuses on recruiting college grads, so the more experienced people are outnumbered by new grads with no experience. Management seems blind to the world outside NI and to non-customers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer, not on yourselves. Stop playing favorites with just the same handful of people. Get out of your NI bubble and benchmark against other technology companies. Make experienced hires feel welcome and empower them to lead. Prioritize.


  2. Great people, great environment, so so compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    smart, ethical, nice, friendly place to work

    Cons

    salaries are on the low side of average... but not terrible


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