National Instruments Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Technical Sales Representative

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job stability. Decent start pay and great benefits. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    If you do not have a 4 year degree, you will go nowhere. Marketing is the place to be. Butt kissing is the key to success here. Honest work and performance count for little. No raises for a few years. appear to be dumbing down the professional service NI used to offer their customers by the Technical Sales department. Customers complaints are unheard. And somehow, management thinks it's the Representatives fault for not conveying the new structure to the customer. They do not want to hear that the customer wants to speak to their loyal service provider, that has been supporting them over the years, directly.
     This used to be such a great company. Lack in monetary compensation was offset by happy customers, perks, respect from management and comfortable work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Your Buddy system is crippling the quality that NI is known for and will continue to deteriorate even further. I certainly hope Dr. T realizes this drastic mistake and does something for the people that love him and have been with him for years. Expect more of your experienced people to leave.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Good people

    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at NI are great. This is the main reason to work here. The people are smart, kind and fun to work with.

    Cons

    The culture is changing. More and more politics. Lower salaries are becoming a problem with the changing culture.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to move the company to a performance culture, you have to pay the salaries that match.


  3. A small big company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (3)

    Comfortable place to work

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed working style, nice managers and colleagues. Great work life balance. Good benefits, pretty city (Austin). You'll like to work here if you enjoy working in a midsized fast-growing city with lots of young Mavericks, and if you're okay with the typical mid-class salary.

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation, especially for software developers. It's enough for a mid class life but their employees are worth more. Personal development is restricted,

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation to attract more talents. Give employees a clear vision of the future of the company, and the success of employees themselves.


  6. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    Work- life balance, company culture, lots of intelligent people to work with

    Cons

    Salary increases are low; culture feels like it is changing


  7. Technical Writing Intern

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

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

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

    Pros

    -Company atmosphere
    -Opportunity to work on interesting projects
    -Ability to get certified in LabVIEW
    -Great managers

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Lack of variation in work if not proactive enough

    Advice to Management

    Allow technical writing interns to utilize ability to work remotely from various location on the NI campus. Extended length of time spent at desk reduce productivity.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Some very immature managers, will stay until get better job

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It is better to have a job than nothing

    Cons

    Some very immature managers, will stay until get better job , low salary, lot of people leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Do no put business admins as engineering managers, it sucks


  9. Summer intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Just Ok

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

    I worked at National Instruments (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great talent and benefits makes this place an attractive place to begin with one career.

    Cons

    Although I loved the people, the consensus culture made it hard to make progress.
    Overly complex technical infrastructure due to lots of home grown system

    Advice to Management

    Technology infrastructure needs to be streamlined and allow for collaboration across departments


  11. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work, smart colleagues and great work culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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