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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 91 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 66 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 15 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 to work for, the managers are great

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    Current Employee - Tech Support in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They encourage team work and there is room for advancement

    Cons

    The only cons my schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have a good time management

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Great place to work for!

    Cons

    No negative comments at this time.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Staff Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Project Engineer

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

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

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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 full-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for professional growth coming out of school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need to have more international sense to become a global company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Compensation is just OK - Good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    People
    Great work experience
    A stable company

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better opportunities to move within the company and more advertising of positions internally.

  11.  

    internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments part-time

    Pros

    good people
    decent pay
    casual environment
    good intern activities
    nice HR
    cafeteria onsite

    Cons

    socially uninvigorating
    low advancement opportunites
    pretty boring
    low pay increases

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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