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Updated March 5, 2015
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Updated March 5, 2015
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Comfortable place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Technical Writing Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Some very immature managers, will stay until get better job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ISE in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - ISE in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    It is better to have a job than nothing

    Cons

    Some very immature managers, will stay until get better job , low salary, lot of people leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do no put business admins as engineering managers, it sucks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Summer intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The environment at NI was exceptional. Everyone was excited to be working there and they were full of new ideas and explorations they wanted to discuss and share with everyone. In essence everyone was constantly learning not just in their own fields but also about one another's.

    Cons

    Commute from where I lived was a bit long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Hardware internship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Employer friendly, no pressure working environment.

    Cons

    Payment too low, working passe slow.

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Just Ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great talent and benefits makes this place an attractive place to begin with one career.

    Cons

    Although I loved the people, the consensus culture made it hard to make progress.
    Overly complex technical infrastructure due to lots of home grown system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Technology infrastructure needs to be streamlined and allow for collaboration across departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, smart colleagues and great work culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart colleagues, great work culture, work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay is not very great

    Recommends
  10.  

    NI provides a great learning environment for first-time interns to grow, ask questions, and contribute

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Work-life balance is definitely emphasized (no more than 40 hours/week)
    Stability for long-term employment
    Everyone is willing to help, answer questions.
    They give you manageable jobs wherein you can succeed and learn during your time.
    Learn software scrum environment, a variety of testing tools, version control, LabView certification courses
    A bunch of fun intern events, lunches and community seminars

    Cons

    For any individual intern project, some may find that the jobs are a little mundane
    You have to clock out for lunch
    Pay might me on the low side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing! On the whole, everyone seems really motivated to develop good products, help their employees grow, and put significant value on work-life balance! The environment is very relaxed and I appreciated managements efforts to make me feel comfortable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    none at all at company

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