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    Good work environment

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

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

    Pros

    NI is a great place to learn and grow. There are lots of opportunities to expand your abilities and create a new role for yourself. Everyone is hard working and there's a good sense of teamwork. NI really is on the edge when it comes to new technologies which makes it an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is the biggest con. Base salaries tend to be lower than the industry average. This used to be offset by a stable environment and performance bonuses, but with company performance waning in the past few years, those perks haven't been as attractive. Also, hard work is expected, but not always rewarded. Management can be a little too fluid as folks are encouraged to seek personal growth which results in lower and mid level managers moving around a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more attentive to employee's needs compensation wise. Balance personal growth with stable management. Encourage managers to be in a role for at least 2 years before moving to a different position.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    National Instruments General Overview

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People: smart, young, approachable, friendly
    Work environment: relaxed
    Work flexibility: great work flexibility. Life balance is valued. Depending on your manager you may have the opportunity to work from home a couple of times a week
    Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Salary is below average and there are not many opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    They have a great internship program, and worth while projects to work on.

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

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work on your own schedule, as long as you can work your 40 hours per week. Laid back work place. I learned a lot about product's life cycles and relevant technical information.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay compared to other similar tech companies. My mentor some what neglected me, but was always willing to help if I pushed it out of him.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Strong culture and relaxed environment, but those are used as excuses for too many other things.

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment and good work/life balance; stable employment outlook.

    Cons

    "Culture" too often used to excuse below-average compensation and recognition. Stable employment outlook also means "dead wood" often isn't eliminated. Management often places too much value on the appearance of effectiveness vs. the reality of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest and open about compensation and employee effectiveness relative to peers. Be more willing to scratch the surface to figure out who's actually good at their job vs. those who just put on a good show.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from the Technical Sales Department at all costs! You've been warned.

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging product line to learn, good on the job training, good stepping stone to other places, outside of this company.

    Cons

    Salary was pathetic, whatever you do, do not get suckered into the technical sales department. Although I learned some valuable skills, the good-buddy, butt kisser system is in full effect in this group. Do not expect to advance unless someone dies or moves on. Managers are always breathing down your neck, and do not care about you, unless you kiss their butt, or are their buddy. Expect to get stabbed in the back by many of your peers, and managers who will not go to bat for you when needed. Don't believe all the "best company to work for" hype. Very likely that these reviews for this award did not come from folks in the technical sales or customer services groups. These poor folks are crapped on and shafted everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to sales management? Where do I start? Just lighten up and let the grownups you hired do the job you hired them for, and do not treat them like irresponsible 2 year olds. Pay is abysmal, the commissions can be nice, but if you hit it big with a good quarter, expect for management to figure out someway to screw you out of that money. Stop snubbing your noses at the 2 year degree'd people who would like to go into more technical fields in the company. This is getting you nowhere, its a piece of paper. Many extremely talented folks in this group with only a 2 year degree.

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

    Great Work Culture and excellent place to start your professional career

    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Software Development Intern in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great work culture.
    Friendly co workers.
    Great scope to learn a lot.

    Cons

    One of the cons which I felt was the pay offered by National Instruments is very less, for the amount of work they require you to do the compensation is very less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider increasing the compensation rate, it is one dark spot in an otherwise good workplace.

  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be.

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people here are great. The culture is still okay but not near what it used to be. Schedules are mostly flexible.

    Cons

    Low compensation is of course the number one thing NI notorious for. Management used to attempt to use "culture, great place to work, great benefits, and job security" to offset the low pay. All of those things have gone away but the pay is still low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove Employee from your Mission for Success triangle. It isn't practiced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    They trained me too well. 3 years later everyone is willing to pay me more than NI.

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and work with talented people. They invest heavily on your training. Management is friendly and smart. Decent site in Austin. NI week is very enjoyable for employees.

    Cons

    They claim to hire only the best an brigtest. They hire above average performers, but they pay below average salaries. NI invests very cautiosly, you'll never see growth higher than 20% YoY, bonus will be small. If you work harder than everyone you won't get any rewards. Half of the skills you learn are non transferable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay above average salaries. Let R&D work closer with customers. Stop worrying about stability and start investing more aggressively where it makes sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 a 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
  11.  

    National Instuments

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

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

    Pros

    Nice environment
    balanced life
    enjoyment
    life is good

    Cons

    Perks are more than Cons
    pay is good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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