National Instruments Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Stimulating and Rewarding

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


  2. Helpful (12)

    Relatively healthy company culture and great place to build a career, but with below average compensation and benefits.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    NI is a pretty great place to work. The people are smart and for the most part engaged in what they do. Management is relatively transparent and does a decent job of communicating company goals and results modulo the standard medium-to-big company stuff that everyone else does. New grads, it's worth remembering that NI is a pretty conservative engineering organization overall, so don't expect a downtown startup-like atmosphere or attitudes despite how young many of your fellow coworkers will be, but it's not totally sterile or button-down either.

    Cons

    Cheap. Compensation and benefits compare poorly to similar positions in Austin and don't seem to be keeping up even to the rising cost of living in the area, and Austin's not a cheap place to live anymore. Until recently, NI has argued fiscal austerity measures as the reason for the lack of salary increases and cutbacks in benefits; the relatively high attrition rate of experienced employees (especially the staff software engineers) and the competitive market for CS/EEs recently has kind of woken up management to the fact that they're going to have pay more to keep good people around. But this is a company that is thrifty to a fault, and expect penny pinching at every turn.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the purse strings. I get that expense control is important, and being frugal has helped the company through the lean years. But the economy has rebounded now and competition is fierce--you're not going to get the talent you need or keep the experienced tech leadership that has taken the company to this point without seriously upping the compensation and benefits, and not penny pinching at every turn. The vacation accrual rate after 15 years is shockingly pathetic, just embarrassing. Fix that. If you're going to lowball salaries, at least throw a bone of a few more days of vacation a year at your employees. Keep that people that got you where you are. Treat them well.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Starting to just here people complaining an searching for other jobs.

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

    I have been working at National Instruments

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

    Pros

    Normally very relaxed work environment. People is really helpful and you can learn a lot, smart people. Space to grow (*That would depend on the group)

    Cons

    Poor compensation Management would delay your promotion so they can keep you working for same salary for 8 months.

    Advice to Management

    Do not wait for good people to have other offers to increase their salaries.


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  5. Helpful (11)

    Compensation is poor

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

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

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment with relaxed dress code. On site cafeteria.

    Cons

    The pay is way below average. New grads should not be fooled by all the hype centering around the casual work environment. Although this is true, the low salaries and lack of raises are also very true. If you truly feel you are the best and brightest, you should go elsewhere. It's easy to get promoted and take on more responsibility, but pay increases barely keep up with rising cost of living in Austin if they even occur. Also, the annual bonus is a joke...it doesn't even cover half of a monthly mortgage/rent payment.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate. Compensate. Compensate. You can attract the best and the brightest, but you should also focus on retaining them.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Technical Sales Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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


  9. 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.


  10. 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


  11. 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.



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