National Instruments Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is encouraged (in 97 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be tough depending on what area you work in (in 14 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern I in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Engineering Intern I in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Not too high stress and everyone I've talked to has been more than willing to help guide me and answer questions.

    Cons

    The compensation is pretty low in relation to the area.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, step up the compensation. I would love to be full time there, and right now that is the only thing making me hesitate.


  2. Great culture and people!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and people! In my time working here, it's been generally goal- and results-oriented. I have not been micromanaged and I have been given freedom to creatively solve problems. I work with many people in many different departments, and 99% of them have been very competent and motivated.

    Cons

    From what I hear, most employees could get better pay elsewhere. Supposedly, the company is working on making this better lately.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great company if you don't mind being underpaid

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    Current Employee - Product Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Support Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits Good work life balance People are great to work with

    Cons

    Salary, raises, and bonuses leave a lot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Raises need to be more than 1-2%. Especially when changing jobs within the company.


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  5. Steady as she goes....

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team members are very intelligent Great culture (of the team)

    Cons

    Not as data driven as could be. But this is improving drastically

    Advice to Management

    Really really focus on competitive pay.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Good place

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    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work/life balance is pretty good depending on you leadership. Opportunities across functional areas depending on interests but it is possible to spend your career doing nothing but lateral moves.

    Cons

    Complete lack of leadership in some areas. No support, no oversight. Raises are non-existent and make sure anything promised is put in writing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they're worth and you will stop hemorrhaging talent. Backfill positions rather than asking people to do more and more with the same or less compensation.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Working at NI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are lucky enough to be in a organization that tries to support their employees in their career path, you will have a good experience. If you have a good manager, then you have a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    If you aren't an engineer there isn't much career growth at all. You are viewed as more of the help then anything else. Yet they expect you to act just like the engineers and want you to volunteer for things yet they tell your managers not to pay you for volunteered time. The way they give raises is disheartening no matter what position you are in and sometimes you may not even get one at all.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at the world around you. Your current path is not working. Value those who work you they are your backbone. If you empower them they will empower you.


  8. Great for Interns

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a very laid-back work environment, and they give you a project to work on that is meaningful to what they're currently working on.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about, the pay is less than most other tech companies but that's made up by the living costs of Austin.


  9. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are very flexible and seem to care about their employees. The one site medical center is really convenient. They really care about employee development and growth. The grounds are wooded and have really great walking trails.

    Cons

    The salaries are fairly conservative.


  10. Helpful (20)

    OK place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you join straight out of college, you'll meet a lot of people your age and make friendships that will last a long time. They make it a very easy transition from college life to professional life. Drinking at your desk is fine, and overall the company supports a lot of alcohol related activities.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful. Salary sucks, healthcare is garbage, and raises and spot bonuses are a joke. They will constantly remind you how great NI is to work for, and how lucky you are to have a job, but the reality is that the fun culture they once had is gone. Additionally, 90% of the companies in Austin have an "Austin Culture", so there's nothing unique about working at NI. The brainwashing at NI is strong.

    Advice to Management

    So, you finally fell out of the top 100 places to work? How are you going to get people to stay with you now? You say employee retention is your priority, but you never do anything about it. Get your head out of your butt and give people the salary and benefits they deserve.


  11. Boring, very corporate, lack of innovation, mixed expectations

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    Former Intern - R&D Software Engineering in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - R&D Software Engineering in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Food was good at cafes -Very documented -People are very helpful if you ask questions (normally) -Yearly fun events -NIweek is kinda cool

    Cons

    -Their products are so boring and going to work was never enjoyable. You're never going to work on an actual consumer product. -Seemed way more "corporate" than a tech company usually is -They defend Labview like it is the Bible, yet it looks like something from 1997. It is seriously an eyesore that they think is awesome the way it is. -Many full timers will have Twitch or YouTube on the side while they code, but if an intern does it they get chastised. Full timers will also talk about some weird things, but if an intern talks about the same thing they get chastised. They say they have the same expectations for interns and full timers, but they don't.

    Advice to Management

    When you say you expect the same from interns as full timers, actually mean it.



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