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Updated July 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is absolutely in the hands of the employee, with very few roles in the company having any set schedule (in 192 reviews)

  • The work environment that the company promote (in 119 reviews)

Cons
  • So if a high base pay outweighs your desire for a good work life balance, this might not be the place for you (in 33 reviews)

  • The "culture" is used as a reason low pay is okay (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to start your career if you are just out of school. You work with some of the brightest people from all over the world on projects.

    Cons

    The pay is very average. The company tries to sell you on their laid back start up culture as a consolation prize. People still need to make a good wage to be motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the corporate strategy and be mindful of the well being of your employees as the test and measurement market continues to be extremely competitive.


  2. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice, free snacks in cafeteria.

    Cons

    Projects get dropped alot. Future seems uncertain.

  3. "Great if you're an engineer. If not...."

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    Former Employee - Staff Desktop Publisher in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Desktop Publisher in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very comfortable; cafeteria and gym, excellent coworkers

    Cons

    Salary is below average and they don't have professional managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promising bonuses and then not delivering. Stop paying interns more than you pay support staff with 10+ years experience. Train your managers better.


  4. "Senior Group Manager"

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company, opportunity to move departments, opportunity to move between different company locations including international and great work life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes hard to see career growth because of the large size of the company and slow growth that this sector has.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Leaders are beholden to Wall Street, Employees are an afterthought"

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is reasonable, there's an on-site doctor, the people are very smart and driven and many of them are very kind and easy to work with.

    There's a lot of flexibility in terms of how you get your work done, but unfortunately people are still pretty much required to work 50-70 hours per week to get everything done. The flexibility just adds to the expectation that you're putting in tremendous effort and long hours.

    Cons

    Everyone on my floor works very long hours, typically 50-70 hours per week. Emails are sent at all hours of the day/night. Weekend work is a regular thing. There are daily status meetings where you are constantly told you're not working enough, regardless of how many hours you're doing. Management sets ever increasingly aggressive deadlines, and you are expected to do whatever it takes to hit them. This is just seen as expected and commonplace and putting in tremendous effort is rarely acknowledged. There are daily meetings where the VP will yell at you (and use curse words) if you are behind on your tasks. There are constant reorganizations and shuffling so that you never really feel like you belong to a team, and it's hard to build up knowledge in any particular area before you get shuffled around again. This has truly become a miserable and toxic work environment.

    The executives and management are now completely beholden to Wall Street. They have recently closed branches in the USA and are actively shrinking head count in Austin and hiring replacements in third world countries to cut costs. Long gone are the days when they took pride in not having lay-offs. Employees are not seen as people; they are a means to profit, and they will be cut as soon as there's a more profitable way of doing business. The new CEO really only cares about driving the stock price as high as possible at any cost to the employees.

    I used to really like working here for a number of years. But over time all the things that made NI a nice place to work have fallen away, and now it just feels like corporate drudgery where employees are abused and squeezed for everything the company can get from them.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think management really listens to anyone unless you're on the board of directors.


  6. "Coordinator"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, offers challenging work, great co-workers made lifetime friends, decent benefits, fun place to work, great place to begin a career

    Cons

    Provided opportunity to do very challenging work, but salary was not commiserate with the high level of responsibility. Advancement limited without a degree despite already doing the job.

    Advice to Management

    After several years, acknowledge the experience gained on the job for advancement to higher levels and pay according to job performed.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "General & Administrative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work time and good work life balance.

    Cons

    No changes in poor salary, time off, and bonus/ profit sharing- despite HR's promise to correct pay issues for last 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers on how to be good managers- stop paying bonuses to managers when company is not meeting performance goals.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Solid Company"

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

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

    Pros

    - Laid back environment
    - Networking is encouraged and easy
    - Decent pay rate

    Cons

    - Promotion opportunities are moving out of the country


  9. "National Instruments"

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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
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High visibility, meaningful work for employees, but struggling to update old infrastructure and focus on key priorities"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Managers trust their team
    Given lots of responsibility early in role

    Cons

    Old, custom tools
    Lack of diversity
    Work harder instead of smarter mentality
    Focus on growth puts strain on company culture

    Advice to Management

    Good start upgrading to industry tools. Set realistic goals and expectations for employees and company goals. You're burning out your employees


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