National Instruments Reviews

Updated August 24, 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. NI's a great place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Smart People. Support work/life balance. Good opportunities for advancement. Products help make the world a better place. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive. Has grown increasingly difficult to drive quick change. Very consensus driven, despite attempts to become RAPID.


  2. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people, comfortable, relatively laid-back working environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Compensation continues to lag industry norm


  3. 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.


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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 (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.


  7. A rising company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    great culture, get to work on interesting and challenging projects, great focus on customer relations, and very collaborative environment

    Cons

    decisions take to long, tries to meet market expectations instead of exceeding them

    Advice to Management

    plan for the future instead of the present


  8. Helpful (8)

    Good place

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. Great place to work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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