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  • "Work Life balance is not as good as marketed" (in 35 reviews)

  • "Low pay plus as an intern you will not be given that many important responsibilities" (in 39 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

"Software Engineer, Intern at NI"

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Former Intern - Software Engineer, Intern in Austin, TX
Former Intern - Software Engineer, Intern in Austin, TX
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I worked at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Being an intern here was great. There is an entire structured intern program including training, intermediate evaluation and feedback sessions with a supervisor, and an exit interview. There is even an Intern Day. The work is interesting and challenging if this domain of work interests you. You work as part of a fully functioning software team which provides very valuable experience.

Cons

Getting into and out of a significant software project in just 3 months is difficult. Transitioning from small school projects to large software systems is a challenge.

Advice to Management

Be sure training covers relevant material. The intern training felt like a blanket training and most of what I learned I never used throughout my internship.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, smart people to work with. Culture of innovation. Focus on career growth and training. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Medium sized company growing into large company causes growing pains


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Good place to start your career but bad place to stay too long"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Relaxed work environment. For a new grad, NI makes it very easy to get up to speed. There is plenty of training available and you are assigned a mentor to help you along. Early in your NI career, you gain more responsibilities probably sooner than you would at other companies.

    Job stability is rock solid, to the point that it's practically impossible to get fired. Your work load is never unreasonable.

    Cons

    Prepare to be underpaid for your skill set. Pay raises usually don't even keep pace with cost of living increases. Some years, pay raises are skipped altogether. Usually, NI prefers to hire more new grads rather than give raises to existing employees.

    Speaking of hiring new grads, NI has grown its headcount way past what was necessary. At this point, there are too many engineers and not enough work. The company is doing well in terms of revenue but it is so bloated with unnecessary hires that the company profits are poor.

    Low pay tends to lead to low expectations. Poor performance is tolerated. There is not much incentive to be a "rock star" employee.

    Your yearly bonus is not based on individual performance but rather company metrics. Everyone gets the same bonus as a percentage of your salary. Recently, the yearly bonuses have either been zero or so small that it's embarrassing to mention it to anyone. Again, the bonus is based on company metrics which are currently poor because the company is so bloated with employees.

    If you are an experienced engineer, you are not paid what you're worth. The general idea is that everyone is replaceable and, thus, if you leave, you will be replaced by a new grad. Much of the projects/work are such that a new grad or relatively inexperienced engineer can complete the work. There is not much need for a "veteran" engineer for much of the work. Deadlines are usually pushed farther out to accommodate lack of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people. Let attrition remove some of the bloat incurred during the last few years. Also, start paying experienced employees what they're worth.

    Stop with all the boneheaded company-wide mandates that are handed down through the management chain. Let individual groups/departments decide what is best for them.

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