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National Instruments Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
606 Reviews

3.7
606 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
James J. Truchard
477 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective (in 13 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    No loyalty.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Work/life balance is encouraged.
    Coworkers are generally pretty great/smart.
    Work is interesting and fun.

    Cons

    Time off policies are to low
    Poor management - don't really understand how to grow employees and provide opportunities. Too much politics.
    Salaries/total compensation is low and losing ground to other technology companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect. Follow the 100 year plan. Cutting raises to employees and giving 24% raises and 15% bonues to top management doesn't sit well with most experienced employees.

    When reorganizations happen, new managers often give preferential treatment to older groups and newer groups get ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Communicator

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

    Pros

    My department is very laid back, this isn't true of every group at NI, though. They are a fiscally conservative company, and by being so, they have never had mass layoffs. I appreciate the stable environment. Additionally, there are lots of smart, innovative, passionate people who work here. My manager makes it easy to balance work and the rest of my life. We are treated like adults and allowed to manage our time as we see fit as long as we meet deadlines.

    Cons

    Fiscally conservative also means low salaries. The promotion policy is bizarre. They will promote you, but you don't get a corresponding salary increase until you've proven yourself in your new position. There are not a lot of opportunities for career growth in my area and I have felt stuck for quite some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the purse strings a bit. If you value hiring and retaining the best and brightest, then compensate us like you mean it. My salary increases (when they've happened) have not come close to keeping up with cost of living.

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

    Growing Pains

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    Current Employee - Media Marketing
    Current Employee - Media Marketing

    Pros

    Work/Life balance in full effect

    Cons

    Upper management unprepared for a rapidly growing organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to start with, if you're in the right group.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great company culture, amazing benefits. Good sense of community, great opportunities to get involved in the community around you and sports teams.

    Cons

    Depending on your group, open communication from leadership can be a challenge. Expanding beyond your current role can sometimes be a challenge if you're not some sort of engineer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at your employees (other than engineers) salary. It's not in line with other companies of your size.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work place and good culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture, managers are hands-off but still present. Work is meaningful and fun

    Cons

    Salaries are not very competitive to the local market, consensus driven makes it hard to drive decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be easier to maintain employees by being more alligned with current market rate. Also there is not much direction as to who owns decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very friendly workplace environment. As a branch of an American company, the culture was different from a typical Japanese corporation. If you can persuade others that your ideas are worthwhile, enough effort can make it happen.

    Cons

    Management seems to be struggling with both sales and understanding the Japanese market.
    This struggle sometimes lead to decrease in transparency of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with, lots of job opportunities within the company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company culture is fantastic - people are approachable, the attitudes are positive, there's a lot of energy in every department. Most departments have a great work hard/play hard approach. If you work hard/smart there are good opportunities to move into new roles and advance in the company. NI hires bright, motivated people that want to get things done. NI is also very stable - there's never been a layoff and the company is run in a conservative manner.

    Cons

    Over time, as the company has grown, some bureaucracy has set in the makes it more difficult to get things done as compared to the past. The bureaucracy is not nearly as bad as many other companies, however. Also, the total compensation package of the company used to be above average and had some unique advantages; however, as the company has grown the overall compensation has become pretty average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to differentiate the total compensation package from the rest of the industry.

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

    Great place to start but...

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Great starting wages for newly graduated engineers. Awesome work environment and culture. Super nice Austin campus and a real 21st century attitude toward the work life.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Very slow to increase pay. Often stuck in their ways. Their fast growth has caused some jam-ups with employee retention and promotion. In recent years, decisions that were good for shareholders were not so good for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better to keep longer term technical employees. Increase level of additional benefits to match what other high-tech companies are offering their employees. You are falling behind.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's not a strict corporate atmosphere. I feel like I am working with good, excited people. Management truly seems to value employee job satisfaction.

    Cons

    Pay is only OK. It can be difficult to reach consensus at times. Projects vary greatly in importance and impact to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing pay, and give engineers and managers better tools to make decisions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good people, fun projects, mediocre salary

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    There are opportunities to work on great projects if you can move around enough in the company.

    Cons

    Creativity is not always valued; personal side projects don't get much support. The salary and benefits are below grade for companies in this sector. Management is pretty social so if you don't have an outgoing personality it will be harder to get promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on creativity. Create a culture of continuous education. Award people for pushing the envelope.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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