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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. Helpful (2)

    Great company to work for, the managers are great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They encourage team work and there is room for advancement

    Cons

    The only cons my schedule

    Advice to Management

    have a good time management


  2. Helpful (1)

    Intern Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work for!

    Cons

    No negative comments at this time.


  3. Helpful (2)

    One of the best companies to work for in America, not a very good compensation package.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, and relaxed culture is a great trait for this company.

    Cons

    Aim to hire the best and the brightest, but pays average salaries.

    Advice to Management

    There's great talent inside the company for key leadership roles that are seriously overlooked. Watch out for status-quo management, and lack of leadership training for engineers that seek managerial track roles.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good company to work for if you're interested in their particular research

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open and sharing environment, Management open to talk to, Solid Dental and Health Care benefits, Relaxed environment. Felt very secure with job position as NI has a record of not firing employees during recessions.

    Cons

    The Career paths are limited to marketing/sales and ME/EE... CS paths are limited. Lower Salaries than other companies doing a similar job.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company for professional growth coming out of school

    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern

    Pros

    Fantastic culture and team atmosphere, work hard play hard, job security since NI does not believe in firing

    Cons

    Salary and pay is below industry standards


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great launchpad for your career

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst III
    Former Employee - Business Analyst III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Good, stable employer. They lead the company through the economic downturn without resorting to layoffs. Wide variety of projects and opportunities available. Small or large projects, system integration or custom development - there is something for everyone. And management does what it can to get you working on the things you enjoy.

    Cons

    Salaries are not comparable to the market. Almost exclusively promote from within. While this sounds great for career advancement, coupled with the desire to hire new college grads leaves the company without industry experience or training. Inbred knowledge is running rampant. Lack of planning and foresight into offshore operations. Logistics are covered but career growth opportunities are lacking and how they cooperate/integrate with Corporate is lacking. Just because there is a lower cost of doing business doesn't mean you should dive in head first.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the consensus-driven decision making culture that is being fostered.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Continuous product innovation in T&M, but how long will this last?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SW and HW both industry leading... Majority are young and passionate about work

    Cons

    Big gap between corporate and branch offices

    Advice to Management

    Need to have more international sense to become a global company


  9. Helpful (4)

    NI is an easy and engaging workplace with a lot of great people, though they do not pay competetive salaries.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Project Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy and friendly work environment. Engaging projects and work throughout the organizations. Social and connected network of employees. Very solid and stable employer through good and bad economic times.

    Cons

    The company tends to be spread out a lot, which provides for extreme variance from manager to manager, causing some concerns about differing treatment of employees. NI also will not pay competitive salaries, and has not attempted to meet the market inflation rates or cost of living changes for employee compensation. It's a great place to work, just don't expect to grow your salary quickly, if at all.

    Advice to Management

    Not paying employees even remotely competitive salaries, refusing to match market inflation and cost of living raises in a market like Austin shows a very large amount of disrespect to employees and reflects a culture of not caring about the well being of individual employees from the top down. Please realize that trying to use living in Austin as a benefit with one hand, while ignoring the rising costs of living in Austin with the other do not make for a confident employee. Either adjust salaries for inflation, cost of living, and the local marketplace, or admit that living in Austin is actual a liability for the vast majority of your employees.


  10. Compensation is just OK - Good work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work / life balance is good and the ability for you to make your own way.

    Cons

    Salary is significantly less than industry competitors but lifestyle and flexibility is very good.


  11. A good place to intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    --A real commitment to helping interns learn while doing useful projects --A friendly, relaxed company culture --A show of egalitarianism by upper management: there is no reserved parking for managers, and the CEO works in a cubicle similar to everyone else's. --Organized volunteer and social opportunities through the company --Flex-time --A nice company campus with walking trails and other amenities --A good location not far from downtown

    Cons

    --Though I was only an intern, I'm aware that salaries for full-time employees are not as high as at other companies



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