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Updated Jul 24, 2021

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3.8
71%
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72%
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331 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fantastic work/life balance and sense of community(in 284 reviews)

  • "NI has a great work environment and is a place to learn a lot(in 156 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "I was willing to put up with the low pay for a long time because I enjoyed the pros/benefits enough(in 46 reviews)

  • "Say bye to your work/life balance(in 38 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

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      May 5, 2021 - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company culture and workforce leads to a pleasant environment.

      Cons

      I have not noticed any cons in my time there.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Declining fast

      Jul 7, 2021 - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      NI did a great job handling the pandemic and taking employee's individual situations into consideration. They're generally quite flexible with time off and grant unpaid time off if desired. The renovations made to the campus are really great.

      Cons

      NI is on a decline towards being just another under paid corporate grind factory. Middle management is often clueless. Expect to be shuffled around between teams and projects without having any say in the matter. After working there for a few years you'll be lucky to get a 2% "performance" adjustment to your salary; what about inflation? I've sat through quite a few feel-good presentations from the executives about focusing on the people, yet salaries remain low and mentorship structure is shockingly bad. They offered an optional vacation day last year for Juneteenth in the heat of the protests. Despite Juneteenth being declared a national holiday this year, leadership did not recognize it as a holiday this year.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Company is not what it once was

      Jul 22, 2021 - Customer Success Manager in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Varied experience across business units and account sets.

      Cons

      Entire Operations team offshored to Costa Rica Shared Service Center as a low cost geography for employment. Limited opportunities for advancement if you live in Austin.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Can't complain

      Jul 14, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work life balance is good at this company.

      Cons

      Not much interactions with my skip manager.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Good

      Jul 7, 2021 - Sales Operations in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People people people people and people

      Cons

      Layoffs, pay, hours, global, international, overseas

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Company steadily declined as founder prepared for and then retired

      Jun 25, 2021 - Principal Software Engineer in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good facilities and location, appreciate parking garages, work environment is generally good.

      Cons

      Company was a great place to work until about 10 years ago, when founder began path to retirement. It began to steadily decline in numerous aspects; below average pay, declining benefits, steady decrease in morale. They had a large layoff in December 2019, which is when I was laid off (ouch), with the explanation given at a company meeting that they knew low pay was a significant problem and they needed the laid off salaries to give other employees higher pay raises.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      good transparent company

      Jun 22, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      honest and upfront with their employees whether it's good or bad news

      Cons

      lack of growth in recent years

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Company makes you comfortable with benefits

      Jun 30, 2021 - Calibration Technician in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      3 weeks PTO and 3 personal days Health insurance, dental and vision 401k Employee stock discount

      Cons

      Pay/pay raises ie 1$=4 years Incompetent management whose goals conflict with everyone below. No room for growth Personal goals set by management conflicts with actual job role

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to launch your career, but move on within 3-5 years!

      Dec 8, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      NI is a great transition from college into corporate working life. They invest in their employees with training and coaching. It is a comfortable place to work with many avenues for growth. Because of my time at NI, I was positioned well for my next job at a different company. There are many talented people there and I was glad to come across them.

      Cons

      Salary and benefits have improved but are not competitive. The story NI used to tell new grads was how the upper management took giant pay cuts to keep folks employed through the 2008 recession because the people came first in the company. There was a 100-year plan and it seemed like a great place to spend a good part of your career. Current upper management could not be less in touch with what is happening in the company, from their monthly-changing strategy to the people they have carelessly laid off in the last 2-3 years. Upper management seems to be mostly driven by the investors, which has led to them letting go of top talent across all functions, people I looked up to, sometimes in unprofessional methods. Leadership is inconsistent with what they say and do, and it’s difficult to trust the direction of the company. Growth has been accomplished through price increases in the past 3 years because the strategy trails the pace of the market. I am glad for my time there but fortunate to have moved on before things continue to spiral.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great culture, still figuring out the organization

      Jun 15, 2021 - Principal Product Manager in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly and cooperative culture Good work life balance

      Cons

      A lot of reorgs, still figuring out a growth strategy

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