National Instruments
3.8 of 5 533 reviews
www.ni.com Austin, TX 5000+ Employees

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Updated Nov 10, 2013

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Pros:
  • "Work/life balance, though honestly that depends on which group you're in"
    in 68 reviews
  • "flexible work schedule, casual work environment, job security"
    in 49 reviews
Cons:
  • "below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Sometimes the decision making process is too slow and seemed too conservative"
    in 14 reviews
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Great company to work for, the managers are great

Tech Support (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

ProsThey encourage team work and there is room for advancement

ConsThe only cons my schedule

Advice to Senior Managementhave a good time management

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at National Instruments

ProsGreat place to work for!

ConsNo negative comments at this time.

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

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThere'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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

ProsVery 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good for new college grads and slackers

Engineer (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat training for those starting their career
Ability to take on as much responsibility as you want
Company places a lot of value on being a stable employer
Work with smart colleagues who are generally very personable
Products are used by customers to do work that is truly valuable
Nearly impossible to be fired if you go with the flow - a slacker's paradise!
Some very good middle managers who do what they can with the limited resources they are allotted to keep their reports happy.

ConsActive refusal to pay market salaries
Overly pessimistic management - any excuse will be found to prevent salary budget for raises
Consensus driven process prevents anyone from having responsibility for decisions
Huge 4-8 year exprience gap due to salary and politics angst
Absolutely clueless inbound marketing
ELP program funnels tons of people with technical degrees but no practical technical experience into positions other than sales. Due to the recruiting process having selected for an Applications Engineer program or simply a cultural fit rather than skills needed for positions outside of AE, many ultimately utilize their social skills alone to become Bill Lumbergh-esque middle managers or clueless marketers.
You can take on as much responsibility as you want but don't expect to get anything but verbal praise out of your extra work.
Nearly impossible to be fired - you are going to work with those low performers and slackers.
The main plan for growing the company at this point is to focus on a few key differentiators and by cutting costs, very little real innovation or plans other than continuing to force employees to make concessions to maintain constantly eroding margins and growth. Huge growing pains from a business perspective with no true business people to help guide it out.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your "best and brightest" by paying them better than slightly below Radford average. Get some kind of game plan for inbound marketing and strategy together - the company isn't going to continue growing by shotgunning random products out the door anymore.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Staff Project Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsEasy 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementNot 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company for professional growth coming out of school

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at National Instruments as an intern

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

ConsSalary and pay is below industry standards

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

Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

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

ConsBig gap between corporate and branch offices

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to have more international sense to become a global company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Compensation is just OK - Good work/life balance

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work.

Marketing Specialist (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

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

ProsPeople
Great work experience
A stable company

ConsSalaries are not competitive with similar companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate better opportunities to move within the company and more advertising of positions internally.

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