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Updated January 11, 2019
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  • "Work life balance can be harsh espcially when involved with manufacturing related opportuntities" (in 34 reviews)

  • "Low pay plus as an intern you will not be given that many important responsibilities" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Six years for National Instruments"

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    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. "Sales Engineer"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great people, given plenty of freedom if you get your work done well,

    Cons

    Sometimes NI is in a bubble and unable to adapt to the real world quickly

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Started great, culture slowly going away, little to replace it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is ok, but YMMV. Some teams you barely work 40, others you rarely work less than 60.

    The people here are great, and are consistently the top reason people come and stay here.

    The work can be exciting depending on your role. I've been fortunate enough to work with multiple customers across multiple industries over my tenure and got to be apart of really unique and interesting applications.

    Cons

    The salary is terrible. They keep saying they are going to fix it, but even their internal ratios prove just how far you are behind and show how little they are doing about it.

    Some reactive work that comes your way is not very exciting or meaningful. I suppose this is true of many jobs, but it is just very apparent here. You wear multiple hats, even the ones you don't want to wear, and ones that don't grow your career.

    Management is very hit or miss. I've had several managers who are project managers, not people managers. Rarely do they ever inspire you to be better or provide guidance on career growth. You shouldn't come here if you expect the company to grow you, you must grow yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the work of the employee, the tenure, and the level, and don't take 5 years to get them to compa ratio status quo. It's extremely demotivating.

    The culture is dying, and if great people continue to leave, you are not left with any exciting or promising future. The industry and products are not enough. Also, you can't run a public company completely focused on the shareholders and growth while offering the salaries and benefits from the old culture. If you change the culture, you have to compensate.

    Finally, talk is cheap. It's one thing to say its improving, its another to make it happen. The bonus was the first step, but the path is long and the hole is deep.


  4. "Field sales account manager"

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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

    Disruptive technology drives value based sales. Focus on skill development.

    Cons

    Constant churn to develop skills, replace and hire new people and adopt new processes in a more competitive sales environment.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on management training with emphasis on coaching and supporting staff to pursue success with innovation and less adherence to process theory.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Management is driving towards profitability and have started making hard decisions that seemed to be avoided in the past.

    Cons

    It is more difficult to grow your career as a woman. It's not any worse than other tech companies, but it is still frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Improve paid maternity/paternity leave.


  6. "Applications Engineer"

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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

    The work life balance and culture.

    Cons

    Lower end of engineering salaries.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good company with lovely campus and mediocre salaries"

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with great cafeteria, amazing outdoor space, walking and running trails. Great location close to domain- you can actually technically walk there on a trail that goes behind building. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is not fantastic. New CEO since 2017 seems less relatable and there is more of a squeeze since then. Management clearly plays favorites among team members.

    Advice to Management

    Make NI better than just a place to cut your teeth and correct the change in tone since 2017 and you'll stop losing people.

  8. "Great place to start your career"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities for new graduates

    Cons

    -Below average salary
    -Too many slackers


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Smart coworkers, ELP can lack direction if you are there too long"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Chance to dive deep with their technology. ELP is a great route if you want to get into technical sales. Be prepared to flex your technical muscles when you start. If you want a role that is very technical, it would be best to avoid ELP and go for a direct hire position. Out of undergrad, this is a great position to gain experience and experiment with sales, marketing, and a few technical opportunities.

    Cons

    Lessons in leadership can become monotonous. LOTS of meetings. Less room for experience and more (in my opinion) time wasted on watching videos and lectures about leadership. Decisions seem to be weighted heavily on KPIs that were created by previous management teams. Some managers strive to understand each employee on their team and build their strengths, but unfortunately that is not the majority.

    This is a job where the environment encourages you to think like the group, and not for yourself. There is a better balance to be found if NI will continue to attract great talent and build the company for the long term. Too much red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Give more room to grow individually. At times, I think the amount of time spent trying to learn leadership from videos and articles versus experiencing it can push away the real hustlers of the department. Too many roadblocks to taking action. Not every decision needs to be made in a meeting after evaluating a ton of data. The reliance on statistics and KPIs has taken a chunk out of the soul of ELP.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Too much change"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really smart co-workers. Great benefits

    Cons

    After founder stayed too long, the current management is focused on change. Company seems to spend more time in meetings and conferences about internal things and has lost focus on customers.

    Advice to Management

    Turn focus to external and not internal