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Pros
  • The work-life balance is fantastic (in 178 reviews)

  • Very collaborative work environment (in 114 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 31 reviews)

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

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  1. "Still great"

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

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

    Pros

    Been there 6 years. They continue to provide opportunities to advance my career. Growing and growing up fast

    Cons

    With the fast pace, the culture seems rapidly changing. Time will tell if this is sustainable to their long term success


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mid Term Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Talented Coworkers, Flexible Work Hours

    Cons

    Workload and expectations, work life balance is not near what it used to be, Compensation always an issue


  3. Helpful (13)

    "No compelling reason to stay anymore. McAverage company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Typical bigger company benefits like 401k, better medical plans, etc. Some parts of the organization are healthier than others, most of it is determined by the VP in charge and how mature s/he is as a leader and visionary. VP spots are tenured, so plan to actively work to move to another if you find yourself under a dud.

    Coworkers are smart and nice on the whole. The company encourages friendships and this is easily done at happy hours and other events.

    Cons

    Senior management has become out of touch with the lower ranks, most notably Dr T. All the vice presidents are actually "yes men" (okay there are *finally* multiple women vice presidents as of 2015...only 40 years in since the company's inception; can you say good Ole boys club?)

    For US based employees it is doubtful there will ever be any more glory days. Plan to watch more and more jobs go overseas. You'll be waking up early to work with European countries and staying up late to work with Asian countries. Work life balance that supposed to be amazing only exists if you are in engineering. Any other part of the organization you can expect to work a typical 50 to 60 HR week. Finally, know that if you have worked at NI longer than 5 years your salaries are compressed. This used to be compensated by the incentive stock options, but now that they have changed to restricted stock options much fewer people are given any reason to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out an exit strategy for Dr T to go. We spent decades preparing for his exit. It's time to execute.

    Consider returning to ISOs instead of RSUs. More can participate and should slowdown turnover.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Just Ok"

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

    I worked at National Instruments (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great talent and benefits makes this place an attractive place to begin with one career.

    Cons

    Although I loved the people, the consensus culture made it hard to make progress.
    Overly complex technical infrastructure due to lots of home grown system

    Advice to Management

    Technology infrastructure needs to be streamlined and allow for collaboration across departments


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Incredible company that very selectively compensates its employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great launchpad for your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst III
    Former Employee - Business Analyst III
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Good, stable employer. They lead the company through the economic downturn without resorting to layoffs.

    Wide variety of projects and opportunities available. Small or large projects, system integration or custom development - there is something for everyone. And management does what it can to get you working on the things you enjoy.

    Cons

    Salaries are not comparable to the market.

    Almost exclusively promote from within. While this sounds great for career advancement, coupled with the desire to hire new college grads leaves the company without industry experience or training. Inbred knowledge is running rampant.

    Lack of planning and foresight into offshore operations. Logistics are covered but career growth opportunities are lacking and how they cooperate/integrate with Corporate is lacking. Just because there is a lower cost of doing business doesn't mean you should dive in head first.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the consensus-driven decision making culture that is being fostered.


  9. "NI is a fun place to work, great culture, great people, stable and secure."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst III in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst III in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Role can become un-challenging & repetitive. Pay is mediocre.


  10. "Awesome Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities if you are in the right department. Stuck out the recession. Officers take a larger pay cut before the employees do (which is smaller).

    Cons

    No different than other companies, but management can favor more tenured, less knowledgeable of current conditions employees because they have been there so long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. You have a great base, but recognize the innovation and ideas that a pair of fresh eyes can bring


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Operational excellence is just as important as product excellence. Without one, customers may lose sight of the other."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In a word, people. It does hire some of the best people not only in the engineering departments but also in the Business Analyst groups. They have some of the best Business Analysts I have ever worked with and I have been a Business Analyst at various companies for over 10 years.

    Cons

    In a word, management. In my area, they didn't even know what role or tasks, not to mention the critical ways in which a Business Analyst can benefit various projects and departments via automation and how to use the existing system and processes better.

    Advice to Management

    Start automating and use your BA's in the way they are supposed to be used. Running a business is not a theory, it is real life with real consequences. Operational excellence is just as important as product excellence. Without one, customers may lose sight of the other.