National Instruments

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Stable, respectful company with decent benefits but middling compensation

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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 3 years)

Pros

NI is really flexible and lets you work around your life, not live around your work. The work is challenging. There's not a lot of bureaucracy. Employees drive a lot of the decisions and are given a lot of responsibility. Zero micromanaging in my management chain.

Cons

The pay is below average and the vacation accrual is well below average. The work is sometimes mundane, despite being challenging.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give more vacation.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great place to work with lots of smart people.

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career, lots of options and opportunity for growth. It's easy to find roles that stay interesting. Work-life balance is encouraged frequently.

    Cons

    Lots of competition from other talented employees, especially new hires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of Promises and Praise, Little Else to Back it Up. Start Your Career Here, then Get Out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    NI is a very stable employer. Very little overtime and very family friendly. Some projects can be interesting, and co-workers are generally capable and friendly. If you don't want to challenge yourself or have much stress, this is an ideal place. Little is expected of you, and it takes a tremendous effort to lose your job (ideal place for slackers).

    Cons

    There are very few chances to actually challenge yourself and get noticed. Compensation is substantially lower than other employers and tied heavily to how company is doing rather than individual performance. Many projects are tedious and not challenging. Company is very scared to invest and is trying to skate by on bare minimum and leaves many groups understaffed. They make up for the low pay with empty promises and praise. Many projects leave you gaining experience in skills that are not terribly useful outside of NI, so you become very locked into NI. Way too much Kool-Aid drinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an investment in employees and projects that show promise. The days of underpaying employees and hoping the new hires fresh out of college are too naive to realize it are over (thanks Glassdoor!). Empower and trust lower level management more, many of them are powerless to stop the flood of promising employees walking out the door to "greener" pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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