National Instruments 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. 9 people found this helpful

    Relatively healthy company culture and great place to build a career, but with below average compensation and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    NI is a pretty great place to work. The people are smart and for the most part engaged in what they do. Management is relatively transparent and does a decent job of communicating company goals and results modulo the standard medium-to-big company stuff that everyone else does. New grads, it's worth remembering that NI is a pretty conservative engineering organization overall, so don't expect a downtown startup-like atmosphere or attitudes despite how young many of your fellow coworkers will be, but it's not totally sterile or button-down either.

    Cons

    Cheap. Compensation and benefits compare poorly to similar positions in Austin and don't seem to be keeping up even to the rising cost of living in the area, and Austin's not a cheap place to live anymore. Until recently, NI has argued fiscal austerity measures as the reason for the lack of salary increases and cutbacks in benefits; the relatively high attrition rate of experienced employees (especially the staff software engineers) and the competitive market for CS/EEs recently has kind of woken up management to the fact that they're going to have pay more to keep good people around. But this is a company that is thrifty to a fault, and expect penny pinching at every turn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the purse strings. I get that expense control is important, and being frugal has helped the company through the lean years. But the economy has rebounded now and competition is fierce--you're not going to get the talent you need or keep the experienced tech leadership that has taken the company to this point without seriously upping the compensation and benefits, and not penny pinching at every turn. The vacation accrual rate after 15 years is shockingly pathetic, just embarrassing. Fix that. If you're going to lowball salaries, at least throw a bone of a few more days of vacation a year at your employees. Keep that people that got you where you are. Treat them well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Be careful, we are losing more people...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment. Team building exercises and outings are a regular to help get to know people. For the last 15 years, up until this one, NI made the top 100 best places to work list. Each building has it's own kitchen and serves great food, so you don't have to leave to property to get breakfast or lunch.

    Cons

    Ni is not known for their monetary compensation. The benefits are great, and affordable, but when it comes down to pay, they lose a lot of folks to higher (sometimes 40% and more) salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NI has a dream. I believe they could achieve this much easier, if they would better compensate their people. Stop losing great, key, and talented people to other places over a monetary wall.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company to work for.

    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    The company culture is casual and fun. There is a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large, your experience really hangs on the quality of your manager and team.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Great work life balance, culture, and learning opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance (at least in R&D), flexible schedule, good beenfits

    Cons

    Low compensation compared to industry standard, opportunities for growth and promotions tied strongly to your group management (you need someone fighting for you to move up, it seems)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    NI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Provides good work life balance.
    Provides decent benefits.
    Provides Great flexibility.
    Overall a good company to work for if money is not your prime motivation

    Cons

    The salaries have not kept up with the growth of Austin and as a result the company has fallen behind in terms of paying their IT employees

    Positive Outlook
  7. Good people

    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    The people at NI are great. This is the main reason to work here. The people are smart, kind and fun to work with.

    Cons

    The culture is changing. More and more politics. Lower salaries are becoming a problem with the changing culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to move the company to a performance culture, you have to pay the salaries that match.

    Approves of CEO
  8. A small big company

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    Former Employee - Web Translator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Web Translator in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    This company does not do massive layoffs, which gives a lot of work stability. The salaries are competitive and comparable to the the major high tech companies

    Cons

    Headquartered in Austin, Texas, which is a great city. Has a very good location, great campus, very good food from the cafeteria, friendly atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! At National Instruments you always feel like the owners are one of us, and that creates a good relaxing environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Comfortable place to work

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    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
  10. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work- life balance, company culture, lots of intelligent people to work with

    Cons

    Salary increases are low; culture feels like it is changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Technical Writing Intern

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    Former Intern - Technical Writing Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Technical Writing Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    -Company atmosphere
    -Opportunity to work on interesting projects
    -Ability to get certified in LabVIEW
    -Great managers

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Lack of variation in work if not proactive enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow technical writing interns to utilize ability to work remotely from various location on the NI campus. Extended length of time spent at desk reduce productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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