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National Instruments Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
674 Reviews
3.6
674 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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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.  

    Analog Intern C series

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    Former Employee - Analog Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - 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
  2.  

    staff hardware engineer

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    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    great working environment, convenient work location

    Cons

    poor management stability. Low in salary :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Strong culture and team environment, great place to start a career

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Sales Engineer

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, lots of fun activities outside of work
    Excellent training program for folks right out of college
    Good career paths into engineering, marketing or sales

    Cons

    This has been many years since I worked there, but the pay was geared towards individuals right out of college, so it was not as high for more experienced individuals
    As NI grew, it lost some of its character and culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think overall, NI has/had good leadership and is doing a lot of good things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Market Research Analyst Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in! The company is very team-centric and supports initiative and education.

    Cons

    As an intern, I wasn't with the company long enough to identify any issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with. Culture of innovation. Focus on career growth and training. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Medium sized company growing into large company causes growing pains

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Software Engineer, Intern at NI

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer, Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer, Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Being an intern here was great. There is an entire structured intern program including training, intermediate evaluation and feedback sessions with a supervisor, and an exit interview. There is even an Intern Day. The work is interesting and challenging if this domain of work interests you. You work as part of a fully functioning software team which provides very valuable experience.

    Cons

    Getting into and out of a significant software project in just 3 months is difficult. Transitioning from small school projects to large software systems is a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure training covers relevant material. The intern training felt like a blanket training and most of what I learned I never used throughout my internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good work environment and people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Friendly and stress-less environment chilled out

    Cons

    Slightly less challenging work. Usually not cutting edge tech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    For freshouts only.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer
    Former Employee - Test Engineer

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    OK place to get your feet wet out of college.

    Cons

    Nepotism is RAMPANT. Promote-from-within practices have created 3 layers of low to middle management with little to no experience outside NI.

    They hire college graduates and do their best to indoctrinate them in the "NI Way". That's a real term, by the way. Salaries are kept low; compensation and benefits are poor. Departures are replaced with fresh-outs, and promotions from within fill the vacancy.

    Expectations of work output were high at one time, but with the very poor compensation of staff those expectations have fallen to a disheartening level. As long as employees "fit the culture", i.e., drink the Kool Aid, they will maintain their positions at least, or be promoted to low level manager positions where they don't hold up technical projects. Technically proficient experts who contribute excellent work but don't parrot the company BS (and I'm not talking about myself here - I realized quickly this is the kind of place where I needed to keep my mouth closed) are hammered until they fit in the hole or leave.

    I have personally witnessed unethical behavior and outright dishonesty by management. I've seen false figures presented to the public on technical reports. A colleague was reviewed negatively for not attending social events outside of company time. I've witnessed sales staff misrepresent information. I realize this goes on everywhere, but there doesnt' seem to be any focus on integrity if it benefits the company.

    This is a Kool Aid culture; drink deep and keep your nose down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you've never worked outside of NI, leave. See the world. If you have, shame on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Really great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    You get to work on variety of products and you learn a lot. Also work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Growth is slow and pay is less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good work, but not as interesting as it could be

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    A good place to work with a lot of smart, nice people and an overall good atmosphere. There is a lot of room to grow in any direction you want, and the ability to work on many projects. A stable job, and good work life balance. Company culture is great.

    Cons

    Sometimes can feel a little bland. Nothing is wrong with the company or its direction, but it also doesn't seem as stand-out as it could be. Pay is also a little low for the area and type of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, but also try doing some risky R&D type projects that are a little outside the company's comfort zone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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