National Instruments Reviews

Updated May 31, 2020

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234 Ratings
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  • "Low pay plus as an intern you will not be given that many important responsibilities(in 41 reviews)

  • "Work Life balance is not as good as marketed(in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Promising career, close-knit community"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have no regrets working for NI. The community is fantastic, and here, work/life balance is king if you take advantage of it. -Most people you deal with are competent (in my experience) -Have an appointment? “Bye, I have an appointment this afternoon”* -Have to leave early to catch a flight? “Bye, I have a flight to catch”* -Awesome benefits: 401k, ESPP, Bonus -Deck parties, six flags -Cool (but not too cool) technologies *Results may vary based on team/manager/commitments

    Cons

    Everyone says salary, and while it’s true that we’re below ‘industry standard’, I feel that management is actively trying to address it (via larger raises, performance bonus, etc), and honestly the working environment is so nice I’d say it’s worth it.

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    National Instruments2019-09-04
  2. "Stable company with good benefits"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable company, worldwide operations, multiple industries, smart employees

    Cons

    Conservative leadership, minimal sales growth, minimal career growth beyond mid-level roles

    National Instruments2020-05-21
  3. "friendly and nice place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Applications Engineering Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    can grow your career in test engineering

    Cons

    salary and bonuses could be better, stronger decision making

    National Instruments2020-05-20
  4. "company culture"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - IT Analyst 

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    laid back, management is easy to talk to

    Cons

    salary could be higher in order to compete in the industry

    National Instruments2020-05-18
  5. "Overall a good company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, people, job security

    Cons

    Salary is below average and will remain below average regardless of management promises. If the salary is your number one priority then this is not a good company for you.

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    National Instruments2020-05-16
  6. "Good company with great people"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people! Great products. Good work environment. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Constant restructuring and management changes mean constantly changing roles/expectations

    National Instruments2020-05-06
  7. "Overall a good place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Human Resources Specialist 

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Its a good company for engineering graduates to start their career. Great opportunities to learn. Not much scope for employees at the support functions.

    Cons

    no idea how they do the performance evaluation, limited growth opportunities

    National Instruments2020-05-01
  8. Helpful (12)

    "Subpar engineering culture, delusional company culture, below average pay"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Work life balance and remote friendly - Smart colleagues (although most have bailed already) - Friendly and respectful atmosphere - Low expectations

    Cons

    TLDR; If you genuinely enjoy doing software engineering and care about your career opportunities, then this ain't it chief. The software engineering culture here is subpar. Executive leadership constantly tries to prop NI's R&D as world-class and competitive with giants like Microsoft when in reality the level isn't comparable. Technical leadership lacks talent yet is full of hubris which has resulted in the company falling 10+ years behind the industry standard in terms of software. What the above means to the average NI software engineer: - The majority of the engineers you work with range from mediocre to low-performing. Many of these people have been working at NI for a long time (10-15+ years) and have gotten complacent. They've pigeonholed themselves into the company and lack the skills to go anywhere else. Most of the smarter people saw the writing on the wall and have moved on already. - You will be forced to use NI's outdated proprietary software and languages. Nobody talks about this openly but everyone is aware of how harmful this is in terms of career opportunities. - You'll be stuck using old technologies and interacting with decades worth of legacy code. This is only made worse by the fact that most of it is in-house stuff that NI loves to dogfood which has resulted in lots of code rot. - You won't have many opportunities to innovate in terms of software. Technical leadership is behind the times and resistant to new ideas so it's either their way or the highway. The company culture here is best described as delusional. Execute leadership constantly tries to sell NI as a modern tech company when it really isn't, and there's no shortage of company emails and meetings that reek of corporate doublespeak and kool-aid. Leadership will stop at nothing in the name of shareholders, which includes laying off a significant portion of engineering R&D. Management is out of touch with engineers and pretends to be on their side when in reality there's constant politics and playing favorites involved. Finally, the pay. The short answer here is that it will always remain below average by ~20-30% of the industry standard no matter what. Leadership have been playing a game of bait and switch for over a decade now, constantly promising that they're going to improve compensation and never delivering. Instead money is used for frivolous things such as expensive campus renovations and rebranding campaigns. Negotiating with management is a waste of time - the answer is always "there's no budget" regardless of performance. To make for all of this, leadership tries to sheepishly sell you some kool-aid on how the combined compensation package with benefits is still competitive (pro tip: it's not).

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    National Instruments2020-04-17
  9. "Pretty good"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting work and ease of movement

    Cons

    Bad pay and too much org cruft

    National Instruments2020-04-22
  10. "Best first and third employer"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Admirable corporate values. Good internal training.

    Cons

    Hasn't hierarchically adjusted to its size, decision making is bogged down in too many meetings. sluggish.

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    National Instruments2020-04-20
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