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National Instruments Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
405 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed working environment and good work/life balance; stable employment outlook (in 97 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed working style, nice managers and colleagues. Great work life balance. Good benefits, pretty city (Austin). You'll like to work here if you enjoy working in a midsized fast-growing city with lots of young Mavericks, and if you're okay with the typical mid-class salary.

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation, especially for software developers. It's enough for a mid class life but their employees are worth more. Personal development is restricted,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation to attract more talents. Give employees a clear vision of the future of the company, and the success of employees themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The environment at NI was exceptional. Everyone was excited to be working there and they were full of new ideas and explorations they wanted to discuss and share with everyone. In essence everyone was constantly learning not just in their own fields but also about one another's.

    Cons

    Commute from where I lived was a bit long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great talent and benefits makes this place an attractive place to begin with one career.

    Cons

    Although I loved the people, the consensus culture made it hard to make progress.
    Overly complex technical infrastructure due to lots of home grown system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology infrastructure needs to be streamlined and allow for collaboration across departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, smart colleagues and great work culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart colleagues, great work culture, work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay is not very great

    Recommends
  6.  

    NI provides a great learning environment for first-time interns to grow, ask questions, and contribute

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Work-life balance is definitely emphasized (no more than 40 hours/week)
    Stability for long-term employment
    Everyone is willing to help, answer questions.
    They give you manageable jobs wherein you can succeed and learn during your time.
    Learn software scrum environment, a variety of testing tools, version control, LabView certification courses
    A bunch of fun intern events, lunches and community seminars

    Cons

    For any individual intern project, some may find that the jobs are a little mundane
    You have to clock out for lunch
    Pay might me on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing! On the whole, everyone seems really motivated to develop good products, help their employees grow, and put significant value on work-life balance! The environment is very relaxed and I appreciated managements efforts to make me feel comfortable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a good place to work. There are good opportunities and interesting projects. People are mostly interested in helping others to help the company as a whole.

    Cons

    Salaries are generally known to be below industry standard. Not a good place for somebody wanting to work heads down 40 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Austin is a fun place to live in

    Cons

    salary is low and Texas summer sucks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not what it seems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, many good people trying to do the right thing, great insurance

    Cons

    low salary, "culture" is passive aggresive, advancement not based on capability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An Engineer cannot be anything they want, hire more experts and move out of the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Identity Crisis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The position I had gave me a lot of flexibility and autonomy in what I did. I drove my own schedule and felt that the group I worked with collaborated very well. The team I was on accomplished some pretty great things despite the lack of support from the leadership.

    Cons

    I did not feel valued by the company. I felt very valued by my team and my manager, but that's about where it stopped. I wasn't compensated properly, paid 40% below where I should have been. We were told to win opportunities at all costs, so we innovated and created software solutions. It was quickly shot down because my group wasn't suppose to "make products". Because we were suppose to "win opportunities at all cost" and what we needed to do to win wasn't supported by the company, we were very successful in getting in the door, but shortly kicked out. In short, no repeat business and every customer left on bad terms. All the while the leadership was trying to create a software application that mimicked what we had already done, but wouldn't be ready for 3 years. Way too late in the game. In other words, they wasted a lot of money on my team because what we were doing wasn't "adding value" to the company. Fast forward, now RnD is supporting our software solution and the one leadership wanted is getting killed. At least a move in the right direction, but too little too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out which direction you are going in. Stop this identity crisis of not wanting to create and support solution level software, but then want to gain the revenue that requires software solutions. Value your employees more, you have already lost the "best and brightest" and there is only more to leave if you don't start valuing them (that includes, but is not limited to paying them what they are worth)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Analog Intern C series

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Analog Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Analog Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good engineering practices and work nice culture

    Cons

    Low pay. Need to pay more to attract talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to attract talent increase compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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