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Updated August 14, 2018
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  • "Some times it gets hard to maintain work life balance" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Low pay compared to competitors" (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Six years for National Instruments"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Dev in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Web Dev in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is true at NI

    Cons

    Long road to management like a decade

    Advice to Management

    More incentives to non-management


  2. "Good first company to work for"

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Positive culture
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Salary below similar positions in industry
    Stagnating growth opportunities

  3. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great R&D investment. Depends on the management chain but if your boss is the right kinda of advocate for you the pay for sales increases rapidly vs tenure. The currently management is pretty aggressive with reform to meet the changes in the market but this has only equated to better compensation and workflow for its employees.

    Cons

    Ability to move if you want either a change in role or location. There have been cases of this but in my experience I was told "Yes, we should have positions open that you can be considered for. We will help where we can." After a couple years of waiting and hearing this, I got frustrated. Its not like I wasn't performing either...they kept raising my salary and saying the same thing. Not a bad situation at all but not the response I wanted at the time.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Moving in the wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are great lots of intelligent people to bounce ideas of and to learn from.

    Cons

    At most average salary while trying to hire top of the line people. Forced attrition and arbitrary layoffs if attrition is not fast enough, seems to be the way the new CEO tries to match stock market expectations. Expect your workload to grow while the best people leave.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Some flexibility, onsite health clinic

    Cons

    Low pay and over worked


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice to work for a tech company, work life balance is good, salary seems to be competitive and benefits are on acceptable.

    Cons

    Might want to stop outsourcing jobs to Hungary. Sad to see American jobs being lost due to transferring procurement, manufacturing and shipment of product to Hungary. Very sad, disappointing an Austin, TX based company can manufacture product in the USA.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing procurement, manufacturing and product shipment and bring jobs back to USA.


  7. "NI is great"

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    NI, like all companies, doesn't do it all perfectly. But the conversations that I'm a part of with our executive teams and my colleagues, show me that NI really cares - about our business, our people, and the word. Love how much we love our customers and their wins. Love how much that my management clearly loves what they do. I work on a high performance team with smart, kind individuals. These are the things that actually matter.

    Cons

    We've got some entitled people who spend too much time complaining than partnering towards finding a solution. Sometimes we are a little ambitious - but I mostly think this is a pro vs. a con. Continue to stress focus to your people to help set priorities.

    Advice to Management

    I like our current direction. Thank you for continuing to push NI to be a great company and great employer.

  8. "Software Engineer Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and culture

    Cons

    Does not pay as much as other companies


  9. "Very bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Bad, indecisive management. Continual change of organization, with frequent layoffs. The offices are nearly empty on some floors due to lay offs. Poor communication from leadership. Below market salaries. Promotion of inadequate employees.

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting the right employees, not the brown noses and lifetime colleagues, who has no relevant experience, qualifications or knowledge.


  10. "Pretty nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Everyone's cool and you get the opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    Not the best salary growth, or salary in general
    Working from home isn't really an option for most


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