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Updated February 24, 2017
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is fantastic (in 176 reviews)

  • Very collaborative work environment (in 114 reviews)

Cons
  • Some times it gets hard to maintain work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • The "culture" is used as a reason low pay is okay (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Relaxed Workplace, Friendly Coworkers, Positive Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a laid back atmosphere, and there's great work life balance. I rarely ever go over 40 hours so if having your own life out of work is important, this is a great company for it. Take care of your business and live the rest of your life when you leave.

    Cons

    We haven't gotten bonuses in the past few years and compensation at National Instruments is famous for being below the industry standard for other companies in the area. So if a high base pay outweighs your desire for a good work life balance, this might not be the place for you. It's really the only con I can think of, and the most discussed.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing management can really do about compensation, that'll take a reorg at the highest levels of the company. The only thing I can say is that it's important to understand the impact of compensation on NI's ability to retain talented employees for the long term


  2. "NI"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, challenging, great camaraderie

    Cons

    Low pay, lower bonuses, no growth in recent years


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    "Material Handler"

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

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

    Pros

    Many pros from a nice campus and many fantastic employees to good benefits package which includes an on site clinic for minor issues.

    Cons

    Pay scale tends to be below industry standards. Management can be rather ignorant of those they are expected to manage and in certain groups also tend to play favorites and additionally demean good workers for no reason.

    Advice to Management

    Become more aware of the value in employees rather than taking poor reviews as some sort of "gospel". Use more positive rather than negative means of achieving a positive result and increased productivity as it is actually a more scientifically proven strategy.


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  5. "Indeed a great place to work (with caveats)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    - Laid back athmosphere
    - Interesting projects
    - Fredom to drive own career

    Cons

    - Subpar compensation for most levels
    - Resistant to change (thus slow moving)
    - Poor management selection and training

    Advice to Management

    - Go back to "culture of performance" mantra. Manage performance issues aggressively.
    - Ditch "Ooch" approach, slows you down.
    - Focus intensively on achieving competitive compensation. Average is not enough.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    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 environment, lower pressure, kind people.

    Cons

    Lack of organization at times.


  7. "bad pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    no lucrative work and incentives

    Cons

    bad pay and motivational projects


  8. "NI Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great environment with a laid back work style.

    Cons

    Difficult to get decisions made in certain departments.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Writer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clearly defined career path with many opportunities for growth, supportive management,

    Cons

    Pay is a little on the low side


  10. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Smart people
    Driven Group
    Good Benefits
    Support from other departments

    Cons

    Over coming Inertia from Upper Management
    Average Pay
    Long Hours

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people in the trenches and don't be afraid to take risk


  11. "Stable, value company that is struggling to grow"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great culture. Diverse customer base. Loyal customers.

    Cons

    Struggling to hit growth numbers over the last five years.

    Advice to Management

    Software platform is too closed - adopt more Linux and use of other languages.



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