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Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Work-life balance was easily achievable (in 205 reviews)

  • Wonderful work environment with very engaging work around amazing technologies (in 127 reviews)

Cons
  • Some times it gets hard to maintain work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • The "culture" is used as a reason low pay is okay (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "National Instruments"

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great insurance, really smart people

    Cons

    Part is middle to low


  2. "Overall, a great company to do business with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's great to work with an innovative company that leads the pack.

    Cons

    They don't always look out for the best interest of their employees the way they do for their customers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people.

  3. "Good Place to work"

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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

    There is a great workplace environment

    Cons

    They are working on improving compensation and benefits

    Advice to Management

    You should keep focusing on compensation


  4. "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement, Company Transportation, Asociacion Solidarista.

    Cons

    Not enough growing opportunities by department.


  5. "Great Starter Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Support Assistant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Support Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, incredible work environment!

    Cons

    Sometime ambiguous targets due to rapid growth. Pay rates are a little lower than industry average.

    Advice to Management

    A little more connectivity to the workforce would be the icing on the cake.


  6. "RF group work experience at NI"

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    Current Employee - Senior RF Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior RF Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work on exciting and emerging technologies, but this again depends on which group you are working for.

    Cons

    Salaries and bonuses tend to be on lower side.

    Advice to Management

    Revise pay+ benefits structure based on geographical location and market info.


  7. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This role is the perfect combination of technical and customer-facing engineering work. I'm blown away by the projects my customers work on, and I know I'm contributing to something bigger, because I'm helping to further innovation in this region. National Instruments is a consistent, predictable employer, and with a good manager (which I'm very lucky to have) it's easy to grow very quickly without being overwhelmed. The role is challenging in terms of enthusiasm and effort, but there's no better way to stretch yourself.

    Cons

    The role itself is non-trivial. You have to quickly understand what your customers are trying to do, put yourself in their shoes, and then understand what kinds of change would actually make sense for them. It can be lonely if you don't have the right support structure, and it will take as many hours as you give it. You absolutely must be a self-starter, and you have to be able to hold yourself accountable. But for me, it's certainly worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Don't downplay the change in difficulty from other sales roles to a field sales / account manager position.

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture. Exciting products. Solid approach to sales.

    Cons

    Growth rates have diminished. No longer has a startup culture.


  9. "Great company culture and benefits"

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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

    Wonderful company culture, everyone truly wants you to succeed. Awesome benefits. Loved the work environment, friendly people. Work-life balance was easily achievable.

    Cons

    Cult-ish atmosphere at times. Some of the managers definitely play favorites. They can give conflicting feedback that can be confusing to sort through. Some departments have to work much longer hours than other full-time employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and fair with your feedback to your employees. Continue to help them grow professionally and form strong bonds with their teams. Take concerns and criticism from your team seriously.


  10. "Lacking Strong Middle Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The People

    HQ in Austin, Texas

    Cons

    Middle managers are lacking the necessary leadership skills and training to coach and develop their direct reports.

    More often than not NI hires from within and puts people in management positions that lack the skills to manage other people effectively. Unfortunately, a lack of middle management experience and corporate politics have increased voluntary attrition and they continue to lose solid performers.

    While it has been a topic of continuous improvement at NI for over 2 years, compensation is still below expectations and for those that go above and beyond are still rewarded poorly.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and honesty goes along way even if it's hard to deliver, and I never felt like my manager was transparent during 1on1's.

    CEP is a step in right direction but you still have a long way to go.


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