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51 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company Culture; Below Average Salaries

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    NI has a great company culture and offers very stable employement. They have great benefits and you will find opportunity to challenge yourself if thats what you want.

    Cons

    Below average salaries across the entire company and limited recognition for achievement. You will also find some employees get by doing the bare minimum because others will pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employee achievements, be more transparent about salary information and increase salaries across the entire company. Be more open to international transfers.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start out, pay kinda is bad

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

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Competent senior management
    Homegrown mentality and loyalty to employees
    Encourages thinking outside the box
    Given a lot of freedom

    Cons

    salary is lower than avg
    should give high performers more incentive to stay motivated and stay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the fat,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible experience-- got stuck in the worst group at an otherwise great comoany

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Group in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Group in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Surrounded by creative, hugely innovative minds

    Cons

    International marcom group consists of unprofessional folks-- shocking. They spoke to each other in asian languages in meetings making no attempt to include the english speaker in their midst. It is like a little inner circle-- in which case, why did they hire me? I quit in no time. Nightmare. No clear directio. Was ever provided, i was left to scramble and find my own bearings. Hostile atmosphere!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One ill-advised group can tarnish the image of an entire corporation. Hope someone is taking stock of such groups within your company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    AEs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Flexibility. People. Work environment. Benefits.

    Cons

    Pay. Promotions. Visibility. Traditional. Conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Lot of responsiblity, casual work environment, competitive pay ($17/hr in 2009). Great community with other interns

    Cons

    Worked on project by myself. Would have preferred more collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce interactive engineer experiences

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    N/A

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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

    Pros

    1. Flexibility
    2. Growth opp
    3. Teaching offsite

    Cons

    1. Horrible Management
    2. Lot of politics with respect to positions in the Marketing dept

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont make managers compete with reporting employees for the same positions outside the dept

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    National Instruments

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

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    it is good and close to where i live

    Cons

    no cons that i know of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you should definitely work here

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incompetent management

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    Current Employee - ELDP in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - ELDP in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    You will obtain valuable experience on NI products. Once you do, get out and find a better job else where.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Incompetent pay. I will get out of here soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the compensation package, screen out bad leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Feedback

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    Current Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Flexible, easy going, smart people

    Cons

    consensus driven, lower pay compared to market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hardware vice presidents need to improve. I often see them become very non-technical and then they surround themselves with people worse than them. They need to appreciate their lower level employees better.
    Also, I see many people leave (with different official reasons) but behind the scenes it is PAY, PAY and PAY. When it is a DAQ and GPIB company, lower pay with new grads can work fine but as the company continues to focus on vertical markets/industries, they need to retain the experienced employees.
    HR could use much improvement. I have gotten feedback from multiple people that the VP of HR really doesn't care if you don't agree with him.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely great place to work for so many reasons

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Most management really cares about the people. Work-life balance is priority. Lays off are absolute last resort, really. Smart people to work with, challenging problems to solve.

    Cons

    Consensus-driven decisions slow things down. Competitive, ambitious types sometimes eventually burn out from lack of large performance bonuses. R&D department is favored over anyone else, and it shows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing because it has shown amazing results in recruiting, prestige, and ability to minimize recession impact.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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