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National Instruments Austin Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is absolutely in the hands of the employee, with very few roles in the company having any set schedule (in 183 reviews)

  • The work environment that the company promote (in 116 reviews)

Cons
  • So if a high base pay outweighs your desire for a good work life balance, this might not be the place for you (in 32 reviews)

  • The "culture" is used as a reason low pay is okay (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Nice Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company for an internship as a student

    Cons

    You really feel the corporatist spirit


  2. "Truly a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers are incredibly dedicated to their employees here. Work life balance is absolutely in the hands of the employee, with very few roles in the company having any set schedule. Working from home is available, the culture is incredible, projects are rewarding, and the people who work here are likely to become your best friends.

    Cons

    A lot of the learning is done on a 'just in time' basis and there isn't a lot of formal teaching for new employees or those who are new to a role.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to new employees and don't just assume that they know what's going on.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Relaxed Workplace, Friendly Coworkers, Positive Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a laid back atmosphere, and there's great work life balance. I rarely ever go over 40 hours so if having your own life out of work is important, this is a great company for it. Take care of your business and live the rest of your life when you leave.

    Cons

    We haven't gotten bonuses in the past few years and compensation at National Instruments is famous for being below the industry standard for other companies in the area. So if a high base pay outweighs your desire for a good work life balance, this might not be the place for you. It's really the only con I can think of, and the most discussed.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing management can really do about compensation, that'll take a reorg at the highest levels of the company. The only thing I can say is that it's important to understand the impact of compensation on NI's ability to retain talented employees for the long term


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  5. "Internship Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Marketing Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Marketing Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Instruments as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    National Instruments has an amazing Intern Program. I have had the pleasure of working two different internships with them and they both have been very valuable experiences. Your managers truly care about you and your growth. They focus on giving you projects that will be challenging and great learning experiences.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any right now.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Is time to change"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, no stress, good benefit options.

    Cons

    Poor career opportunities, pay raise scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need more motivation.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not so Great"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Associate in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Deck Parties, Gym, Walking Trail

    Cons

    Flexible work hours are only for the chosen few
    Environment is like being in junior high
     - hall passes are needed to be away from your desk
     - many group cliques
     - bullying is rampant & tolerated by management
    Extremely small pay increases

    Advice to Management

    Stop being hypocritical,
    Take your own advice of noble intent


  8. "NI"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, challenging, great camaraderie

    Cons

    Low pay, lower bonuses, no growth in recent years


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Material Handler"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many pros from a nice campus and many fantastic employees to good benefits package which includes an on site clinic for minor issues.

    Cons

    Pay scale tends to be below industry standards. Management can be rather ignorant of those they are expected to manage and in certain groups also tend to play favorites and additionally demean good workers for no reason.

    Advice to Management

    Become more aware of the value in employees rather than taking poor reviews as some sort of "gospel". Use more positive rather than negative means of achieving a positive result and increased productivity as it is actually a more scientifically proven strategy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, lower pressure, kind people.

    Cons

    Lack of organization at times.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Applications Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Collaborative Environment
    Invest a lot in their employees
    You can get away with a lot.
    Young environment.
    Good career growth opportunities
    Travel

    Cons

    Overwork their employees
    Falsely advertise the position claiming that it is a majority projects
    Reactionary workload
    Extremely stressful
    Repetitive
    Department lacks experience

    Advice to Management

    Develop a program to ensure that experience is maintained throughout the year. This will improve the resolution times of issues and not demand a lot from a few employees.


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