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Updated November 18, 2017
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  • So if a high base pay outweighs your desire for a good work life balance, this might not be the place for you (in 33 reviews)

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

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  1. "All things considered...good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Company offers a great work-life environment, a fantastic office space, and meaningful work. The people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Very political and cliquish, but you have that everywhere. The company does pay on the very low side of the going wages. While the company executives admit this and state they want to correct it; it will likely take 3 to 5 years for it to correct itself.


  2. "National Instruments"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Positive, honest, trustworthy people.

    Cons

    Company is in a time of transition after growing to over a billion dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Keep NI a great place to work.

  3. "Awesome, awesome company"

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    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It takes leaving NI to be reminded why NI made fortune 100s top employers to work for many years running. They actually TRULY promote work life balance. As long as your work is complete, your schedule is somewhat flexible. NI encourages promotion of side-hustles, provides tons of company benefits on site such as fitness classes, yoga classes, mindfulness classes, and a full and subsidized cafeteria. NI has an entreprenurial spirit and drive for a large company; you can often carve your own way within some loose confines in your role. People are kind and generous and that clearly comes top-down. Employees stay at NI for many, many years for a reason. I left only because I moved out of state but would have stayed at NI indefinitely if they'd let me work remotely.

    Cons

    If you want to make absolute top dollar, NI probably isn't for you. However, compared to most corporate jobs NI is immensely work-life balanced; even though you are paid 20% less you are easily expected to work 20% less time, and your time there is more focused on you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do!


  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Diverse engineering projects, great culture

    Cons

    Management heavy, slightly short sighted


  5. "I loved working here"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineering Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Engineering Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible and friendly work environment. Interesting projects and technologies. Young coworkers and a vibrant social life. Great work-life balance. Tons of on-the-job training.

    Cons

    Slightly lower than average pay. Could've used more time off (but that's true of almost any job).


  6. "HW Design Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, plenty of fresh college graduates, real work experience as an intern, challenging projects.

    Cons

    None to report, place is well managed, employees seem generally happy to be there.


  7. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    great work life balance here at NI

    Cons

    Lots of jobs moved to Costa Rica

    Advice to Management

    Reward Loyalty

  8. "Sales Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment filled with motivated, helpful people. NI has great products that are truly innovative. I've enjoyed my interactions with all levels of management that I've worked with and love the NI Culture.

    Cons

    I sometimes feel like expectations are a little unrealistic but I get that we're being stretched. NI is a little lagging when it comes to salary standards but they're making changes to improve the compensation levels.


  9. "Great for self-starters"

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    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 work atmosphere and culture within ELP. Ability to take on almost unlimited projects with every department in the company.

    Cons

    Management is not as transparent as it should be. If you are not pushed up, you are pushed out over time. Essentially an extended internship that boosts you to your next actual entry level job.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Director, Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NI has always done a tremendous job of assembling very talented people who are great to work with. The work life balance has always been very good.

    Cons

    While many of the execs think NI is a meritocracy, it is not. Style is often rewarded over substance and results. The pay has typically lagged the market. NI hasn't hit it's 18% profitability goal since 2000. Without consistent, double digit growth, the culture at NI will take a hit.

    Advice to Management

    Need to become more nimble and willing to go after more specific turn-key solutions. With decreased customer product life cycles and shorter time to market requirement, many customers don't have the time luxury to build their own systems. This would require aligning parts of R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Sales.


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