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165 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work/life balance with very flexible work hours(in 234 reviews)

  • "Wonderful work environment with very engaging work around amazing technologies(in 133 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. "Engineer at National Instruments - Great Experience"

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent competitive pay, relaxed atmosphere. There are incredible amenities onsite and they only keep improving. Great work/life balance with very flexible work hours.

    Cons

    No cons to discuss, great work environment.

  2. "Great company to start your career, very flexible schedule, slow growth for experienced hire"

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours and schedule, self paced, self driven atmosphere, health care benefits are above average for a family, stock purchase plan, 401k match, fun culture, quarterly deck parties for employees with drinks and food. More perks for salaried employees extra events and activities.

    Cons

    really depends on what group and manager you work for, lacks fairness. Engineer based company, engineers have a better chance of becoming managers.

    Advice to Management

    not everyone is a self driven employee, guidance and direction from management would greatly improve morale. Again, depends on what managers and teams you end up in. Really works well for people that have a start up mentality. Movie reference The Circle.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Cliquish, Consensus Culture, work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There are some good things about NI. Onsite medical, cafeterias , good location close to the Domain. It's also a very low stress environment.

    Cons

    The culture at NI is inbred and cliquish. If you haven't been at NI for at least 5-10 years you'll be considered a noob. Don't expect to come into this organization as an experienced hire and be allowed to contribute. A majority of the middle management team haven't worked anywhere else so they have no idea what the world is like outside of NI. Upper management is sealed off from the rank and file and...

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    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and realize your outdated culture model is holding your company back. Weed out the individuals in middle management that have no managerial prowess or skill. Stop rewarding people for merely hanging around the organization for years. Also pay people a fair wage. There's nothing about NI that is good enough to offset the 20-30% lower than market salaries that are offered.

  4. "Stable company with great people but demanding more from people without adequate compensation"

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    Current Employee - IT Infrastructure Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, consistent but modest company growth, ample opportunities to grow your responsibilities, probably best medical insurance anywhere, opportunity for global travel, reorganizations are infrequent and meticulously planned

    Cons

    Type A busy bodies may get frustrated with the slower pace and bureaucracy or decentralized management, pay seems very socialist-minded rather than pay for performance, don't expect much compensation beyond base pay. Office culture has deteriorated due to globalization of teams, taller management hierarchy, new emphasis on performance management, and political correctness.

    Advice to Management

    We are driving people harder and the compensation needs to match. There should be a higher variable aspect to pay to help employees feel compensated for working hard to meet business objectives.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Decent company to work for, not bad, not great."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Overall NI is a good company to work for. Great work-life balance is their best perk. Relaxed, they use latest technologies (No web, nor mobile technologies though), good work environment and good development practices. Some organizations allow you to switch teams once a year. NI is a good company to start your career, learn the basics, then move on.

    Cons

    The R&D department has 2 big problems: Centralization of knowledge and free riders. "Key People" will not share their knowledge and will try to micromanage the direction of the product. Good luck with code reviews, this people will want to review every single line of code, creating a bottleneck. There's a big amount of so-called "Dinosaurs", people that have been working for NI for more than 10 years, and now...

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    Advice to Management

    Get rid of free-riders and non performant people, decentralize knowledge, improve benefits and increase pay.

  6. Helpful (3)

    "It was fun while it lasted"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Eclectic group of talented and smart people with a desire to create a positive work culture.

    Cons

    Leadership is an issue. So much of NI’s talent is legacy and homegrown. Engineers running a Marketing organization. It’s not clear what motivates decision making and there is certainly some Management house cleaning that needs to take place.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be."

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    There are still a lot of good people here, and there have been some facilities improvements lately. Location is nice and right near the Domain.

    Cons

    Constant organizational change, restructuring, etc all over and at every level. It happens so fast you won't even get settled in one team before you're told it's changing again. Everything is steeped in internal politics, and nepotism seems to be the guiding principle. Don't trust your manager to have your back. Constant promises of raises and promotions and bonuses that never happen. Ongoing reductions...

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don’t waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    It is a great culture right out of college. You will meet a lot of people your age and really kickstart your new life. Everyone at NI is very social.

    Cons

    Compensation is a constant problem. They will promise you year after year they will fix your pay. You end up doing more work and taking on more responsibilities with the “promise” to be paid fairly. When raise time comes around they ALWAYS find an excuse to not give a raise. I had colleagues who deserved 10% and got ZERO.

    Advice to Management

    When your employees ask for help, stop creating contrived hurdles for them and calling it “coaching”. Instead, help them. Real managers remove hurdles and focus on the objective. Also, stop rewarding “metrics” and start rewarding results.

  9. "Overall great place to work"

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

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging job. Working with very smart and creative people. Good culture and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than the average

  10. "Employee Satisfaction"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at National Instruments for more than 4 years

      Pros

      While I worked for NI, they really cared about employee satisfaction. There realized that they happier their employees were, the more positive the environment was which would lead to better production and work overall.

      Cons

      There was always a lot of reorganization happening with the company overall and departmentally.

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