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National Instruments Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
657 Reviews
3.6
657 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working environment

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work-life balance

    Cons

    relative less compensation compare to similar companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    balance between life and work, good interpersonal relationship, not so much salary, in all I am satisfied with this company, it's a good place for people looking for stable life

    Cons

    Not so energetic, people working there seem very stable, not looking for more chance of changing work or venture for startup. It could be hardly a con, but for people who have a startup dream like me, I would prefer to another place

  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company, but bureaucracy and growth have changed the company from fun to just work.

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for new developers and senior developers within R&D. Lots to learn and do and amazing products. Marketing org and significantly improved over the years and sales has as well.

    Cons

    IT and manufacturing get the raw end of the deal. Often way under payed, over worked and poorly managed. In R&D, staff engineers are stuck in a little bit in purgatory. They have the knowledge to do more, but have no say in the decisions and aren't empowered. Group managers are the same way. Senior managers have to sign off on everything. In summary, NI hasn't handled growth well. Adding layers and not properly educating their management, but assuming they'll learn through growth from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Meh

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

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

    Pros

    Cool people to work with, Austin is a great city, and every now and then a customer makes something truly awesome with NI hardware.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited and the salary hasn't kept up with the times. Growing pains are showing as NI attempts to expand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get coaching from people who have managed truly big companies. Most of the VPs and managers were trained on a small NI and are now unprepared for the growing size of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fun people, but company feels stagnant

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, nice work-life balance

    Cons

    A lot of talk about employee development, but that wasn't true in my case

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with lower teams more, understand the processes that you are deciding on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Autonomy, ability to set own schedule, priorities

    Cons

    Consensus based culture, politics and internal structure

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, very positive experience.

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great place to start and grow your career. Whatever your job function, there are always opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. I was able to find several great mentors, many of whom became personal friends. Very relaxed and fun work environment. I genuinely enjoyed going to work each day. NI as a company, and every direct manager I had, genuinely care about their employees as a person, you're not just a resource/number. Very nice campus and location in Austin. Very good overall benefits package.

    Cons

    Very consensus driven. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, everyone's feedback is gathered and considered, but on the other hand there tend be 'lurking approvers' who seem to have made a career out of torpedoing decisions at the last possible moment. Id expect this (and worse) at most workplaces, and it is fairly easily managed once you pick out the repeat offenders whose ego tends to make them quite predictable.

    Promotions beyond a certain level become more of a popularity contest, dependent on how much your manager 'cheer-leads' for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Metrics drive behavior. In some instances it seems only the goal is looked at (usually in some form of a $ goal: cost reduction, sales numbers, etc), rather than HOW it was achieved. A few of the more aggressive 'corporate climbers' have left a 'trail of bodies' in their wake, going seemingly unnoticed from above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work especially if you're ambitious.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture.
    Great work life balance.
    Great training and career development.
    If you're ambitious it's possible to create your own path.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average and new hires will suffer salary compression for several years.
    Upper management decision making is super slow. Managers are too concerned with what every other group in the company will think to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep salaries competitive, especially for employees that have been at NI for years, they are much more valuable than new hires (even experienced new hires).

    NI needs to figure out how to make decisions faster.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, Long-term Great Employer

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work environment with lots of energetic and smart employees. Company's products and customer applications are really cool. Work environment is great. Very stable employer. Management cares about employees and works to create meaningful job responsibilities and career paths.

    Cons

    Decision making is slow. Compensation is below average due to large ratio of employees to revenue and profit. Tools and processes are outdated and cumbersome. Difficult for experienced hires to integrate into the home grown culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people and great learning experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Very welcoming and kind
    No micromanagement
    Office has lots of amenities (gym, workout classes, sand volleyball)

    Cons

    Pay is not up to expectations

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