National Instruments Reviews in Texas

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
610 Reviews

3.7
610 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great atmosphere, bad salary

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly colleagues and environment, continuously rewarded as one of the best place to work for (honestly).

    Cons

    Salary that cannot follow inflation and the increasing cost of living in Austin.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Coordinator at National Instruments

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Training, work like balance, consistency, security

    Cons

    personal growth due to lack of promotion within, promotions are hard to come by, raises are minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider discussing promotions and personal growth and making these things happen throughout the company.

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

    Work hard and play hard.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work! Environment is well balanced... work hard and play hard.

    Some changes are affecting immediate business, but it's with the intention to be better organized and create stronger organization. We are aligning structures, systems and tools with other offices around the world.

    Cons

    career opportunities are offered, but no always met in the short run. Compensation ($$) is not the greatest! Sometimes you just get more responsibilities added.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are good ideas in place to make business better. Sometimes it looks like the implementation of those ideas is a half speed. This sometimes affects business and compensation. But at the end of the day that's not really considered.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    NI - A good place to work...if you have the patience

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work environment, smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership to get problems solved, break through old mindsets. Lots of roadblocks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should be better listeners and stronger problem solvers at times while balancing the voice of the individual employees and middle management. I would like to see true Lean Leadership as described by people like Jim Womack.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    National Instruments is a great company to start your career in Software Development.

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company culture.
    Great benefits.
    Good work/life balance.
    Sound management.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement for senior developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company to grow skill sets and launch your professional career.

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    Former Employee - Group Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I was a seven year employee of NI and had numerous promotions during that time. There is a pointed focus on developing employee skill sets. A lot of in-house promotions, too. Great onsite amenities, such as multiple cafeterias, gym, health clinic (sooo convenient), volleyball courts, and more. Easy access off of Mopac, and right across the street from the Domain. The ESPP program is fantastic - free money to those that take advantage of it. The culture is very strong in this company, it really shows. This is the only company I worked for that spent a significant amount of time correctly managing employees, from timely praise and attentive listening, to performance management when necessary. That's probably the one thing I miss most about working at NI.

    Cons

    Compensation policies. The bottom line is, fight hard for your starting salary. After that, you'll be subjected to an annual raise policy that, when they're given (some years not), are small bumps (2-6% on average). There is no level-setting of salaries once you are promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You clearly hire the best and the brightest, but retention should be a stronger focus. I get the business case for your raise policy, but you're bleeding star performers who quickly eclipse their modest starting pay. Until you revisit this, you'll be stuck in a cycle of launching careers and not capitalizing on your development investments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to have great culture, always pay less than industry/regional average.

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    Former Employee - Database Marketing Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Database Marketing Coordinator in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Job security is the main reason people stay at this company. Not sure the current climate, but you'd have to do something pretty serious to get fired. A great place to start a career and get some experience.

    Cons

    NI is a pretty good place for entry level engineers and the few who the company feels it really needs and compensates reasonably well. Other than that, I've never worked with so many brilliant yet underpaid coworkers anywhere else. Their goal for paying people is 80% of median, so not even average. That's their goal! When the company hit $1B in revenue everything changed. No longer focused on culture, no longer care about the people. They are focused only on the bottom line and growing by 20% every quarter YOY. They had great growth last year, but missed their operating margin. Employees got a really small profit sharing bonus and CFO/COO got a 20% raise. Leadership also is changing, Dr. Truchard is well liked and trusted but he's retiring soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some direction and start paying people what they're worth.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly Fracturing Identity

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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 full-time

    Pros

    National Instruments is a very stable company. I think the executives are brilliant, and their overarching strategy is remarkable. They are fiscally conservative, and generally pretty transparent and communicative with employees.

    They're also a very stable employer. There have never been mass layoffs, and the staff that they've let go generally seem to part on good terms. They have a mostly relaxed style of management. They provide a lot of resources to their employees such a health center, fitness center, and social groups.

    Most policy is common-sense based. Hours are usually flexible. Feedback is typically prompt and direct.

    Cons

    I have worked with several different groups, and they've all been very different. Some managers are there because they get enjoyment out of helping employees develop. Some are there because they feel they need to tick a box on a checklist to progress their career. It's unclear if they do, as while there is a lot of transparency in career progression, NI operates on a broad, conceptual level; people will interpret the same guidelines very differently. With a fair amount of autonomy and good but vague guidance, a lot of groups have drifted very far apart. The right hand often doesn't know what the left is doing, tilling the fertile soil of misunderstanding for a bumper crop of contradiction.
    The stated expectation of a balanced 40 hour week is vocally contradicted by a manager who says 50 would be barely enough. The egalitarian advancement policy buckles under the weight of employees who are hand-picked for high-visibility opportunities. Some employees are coaxed into new roles because they feel turning down the opportunity would look bad.
    Information percolates slowly, which can lead to the spinning of wheels. It's hard to know how to bring something to the attention of the right people sometimes, and it may be too late by the time it gets there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to re-balance the proportions of autonomy and guidance more often and more vigorously. Being happy at NI requires having clear expectations about the workplace, and as groups grow further apart, it becomes harder to know what to expect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  11. 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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 8 years

    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

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