National Instruments Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Not what it used to be.

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    • 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
  3. 6 people found this helpful

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

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    • 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  6. National Instuments

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    • 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
  7. 10 people found this helpful

    Incredible company that very selectively compensates its employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    NI's culture is second to none. Depending on your team, the flexibility offered is great for a work-life balance and people are friendly and willing to go the extra mile for you. The projects remain challenging for me even after all these years, and the benefits (non-salary) are still great. The stability and not having to worry about losing your job is always valuable.

    Cons

    Salary is universally the top complaint at NI. They simply do not compensate the masses well, or to performance. There are a select few, particularly management positions, that get paid above market. But everyone else, gets a pat on the back, and a "Good Job!", but no corresponding acknowledgement when it comes to compensation. It is frustrating to be told over and over and over again that you are doing a great job but as you're already paid relatively well compared to your peers, you won't receive a raise, or you will only receive a negligible amount. There are only so many time this can happen before people quit, and that is evident in the past few years where employees are starting to take flight. NI has lately become a great place to cut your teeth, gain valuable experience and then move on to top paying jobs elsewhere, instead of being a long term employer as it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that if someone is being continually passed over for a raise, but still receiving top performance reviews, that they will either stop performing at the level you need, or they will leave. If this is not something of concern to NI, then perhaps offshoring for cheaper talent, or hiring a more junior person who will work harder, not smarter, is the way to go. It's a pity as many at NI are brushing off their resumes and no longer view it as a long term employer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good work-life balance

    Cons

    relative less compensation compare to similar companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful

    Used to be a great company, but bureaucracy and growth have changed the company from fun to just work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Group Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for new developers and senior developers within R&D. Lots to learn and do and amazing products. Marketing org and significantly improved over the years and sales has as well.

    Cons

    IT and manufacturing get the raw end of the deal. Often way under payed, over worked and poorly managed. In R&D, staff engineers are stuck in a little bit in purgatory. They have the knowledge to do more, but have no say in the decisions and aren't empowered. Group managers are the same way. Senior managers have to sign off on everything. In summary, NI hasn't handled growth well. Adding layers and not properly educating their management, but assuming they'll learn through growth from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Fun people, but company feels stagnant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Americas Program Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Americas Program Marketing in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, nice work-life balance

    Cons

    A lot of talk about employee development, but that wasn't true in my case

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with lower teams more, understand the processes that you are deciding on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall a great place to work especially if you're ambitious.

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

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture.
    Great work life balance.
    Great training and career development.
    If you're ambitious it's possible to create your own path.

    Cons

    Salaries are below average and new hires will suffer salary compression for several years.
    Upper management decision making is super slow. Managers are too concerned with what every other group in the company will think to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep salaries competitive, especially for employees that have been at NI for years, they are much more valuable than new hires (even experienced new hires).

    NI needs to figure out how to make decisions faster.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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