National Instruments Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Project Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work / life balance and culture.
    Great place to make and keep friends.
    Great place to start a career

    Cons

    Less pay than other comparable companies.
    Politics can play a role in decisions.
    Difficult to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.

  2. Stimulating and Rewarding

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

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent people helping intelligent customers do amazing things. Lots of growth opportunities for company, product groups, markets and individuals.

    Cons

    Continuous growth for many years means a small company start-up way of working is still applied in a big company multinational which can be challenging for those who join the company later in their careers. Many colleagues have only worked at National Instruments so they haven't been exposed to other ways of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Being a grown up company does not mean we cannot be innovative so embrace maturity as an opportunity otherwise we look naive.

  3. A small big company

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    Former Employee - Web Translator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Web Translator in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This company does not do massive layoffs, which gives a lot of work stability. The salaries are competitive and comparable to the the major high tech companies

    Cons

    Headquartered in Austin, Texas, which is a great city. Has a very good location, great campus, very good food from the cafeteria, friendly atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! At National Instruments you always feel like the owners are one of us, and that creates a good relaxing environment

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  5. Summer intern

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Intern in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work, smart colleagues and great work culture

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    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Pay is not very great

  8. Great place to work

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    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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with. Culture of innovation. Focus on career growth and training. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Medium sized company growing into large company causes growing pains

  9. Great place to work!

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The campus is beautiful and offers a full sized basketball court and two sand volleyball courts.
    - Lots of summer activities for interns.
    - Projects are meaningful and fun.
    - Great place to work, the culture is awesome and the CEO is very visible.

    The thing about National Instruments is that it is a company of engineers run by engineers. The CEO Dr. T is an EE major from the University of Texas. And his competency trickles down to the senior management. There is no micromanaging of any kind here. Everyone in the company is very approachable.

    Cons

    - Some of the workflow processes are old.
    - Pay is moderate.

  10. Great place to work

    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The internship program at National Instruments is well organized and there is a good support system in place for interns. The project that I was given to work on was meaningful and I was able to voice my opinions to shape the feature I developed over the course of my internship. The atmosphere of the company is also very good and integrating into the full-time team went smoothly.

    Cons

    The salary that I was offered was lower than that of other companies, although I chose to work here because I felt like my values matched very well with that of the company.

  11. Excellent work place

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    Current Intern - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Firstly, flexible work time. Great place to learn and accumulate experience. Additionally, there are a lot of interesting projects that helps college student to explore their potential.

    Cons

    Salaries is below average. The atmosphere is active but sometimes a little bit noisy. And sometimes it is hard to find the right person who in charge of the issue.

    Advice to Management

    It will be better that to have a mentor experts at on-going project and available for most of the time.

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