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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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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.  

    Good place to start career

    Current Employee - Writer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Writer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    There is challenging, interesting work available with supportive management, co-workers, and training opportunities. The work culture and environment are positive.

    Cons

    Some do not consider the salaries to be comparable to similar opportunities available at other companies, including the offered benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on more than just the entry-level careers and positions.

  2.  

    Very friendly place to work, not the best at salary and growth

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

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly, smart, and motivated. The campus is lovely, the company really has a mission.

    Cons

    Pay is low, advancement opportunities are stifled by thick wall of 10-20 year experience employees, vacation is pathetic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better vacation, better telecommuting, better accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quickly growing company with fun work environment

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

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

    Pros

    My work always felt important and necessary to keep the company going. My boss was a great person, easy to get along with, and always willing to teach and answer questions.

    Cons

    The internally used technology was a bit outdated and sometimes very frustrating. My computer was also a bit outdated. I also felt like some days I would get stuck at my desk working nonstop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    An Above Average Job

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    NI is very flexible with your schedule. I never feel guilty showing up a little late for work, taking a long lunch, etc. As long as I put in my 40 hours, I don't get hassled.

    The work is interesting. Sometimes it is so interesting that I put in extra hours because I want to, not because I'm expected to.

    The people are extremely smart and you will learn a lot. The work is challenging so there is a lot to learn.

    For the most part, management is pretty capable and transparent.

    Cons

    Salary is poor. Raises are poor. Promotions come with little or no extra money. Benefits are average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start investing more in your employees. I have seen a lot of good talent leave in the last year for higher paying jobs. NI has a good company culture, but you can't feed your family with good culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changing strategies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Sales Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Company is focusing on having better customer experience, and employees being more goal oriented to achieve that. Creates career opportunities.

    Cons

    Changes are not happening at the same time. So every 6 months there are new things to work on or you just lost 6 months of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has the overall idea of where the company is moving. This adjustment has to be gradual and well explained.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    perks, culture, work life balance manage the perception of working hard and you can go far without doing a whole lot of work

    Cons

    unclear leadership direction or it is stated but not followed and if you are a leader you may get held back for upsetting the status quo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start over

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company, low to avg salary

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Very stable employer... almost too much so as that tends to keep some dead weight around. They didn't micromanage in my dept, and let you drive your own projects.

    Cons

    Low to average salary. Sometimes too much red tape to getting small things done. They keep budgets very tight in order to try and hit a growth number in percentage that I've never seen them hit. This is what your company performance bonus is based off of. Little to no formal training is provided.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your career

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance. The culture is one of a kind and you can be creative in how you do your job. They encourage personal growth. They also take care of their top performers

    Cons

    The pay could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work. Some growing pains

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    There is always a challenging project to work on. The people you work with are very smart. Very good culture. Lots of innovative solutions in their products. There is lots of opportunities for training and professional growth.

    Cons

    Compensation has been a challenge in the last 2 or so years due to the slower growth and the economy. The overall T&M market not growing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on maintaining top talent as is the main asset of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering management

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

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

    Pros

    Solid hardware and software product platforms. Good work-life balance, work hard, play hard. Located in North Austin, which makes it an easier commute.

    Cons

    Salary has lots of room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary has lots of room for improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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