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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 193 reviews)

  • The work environment that the company promote (in 120 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. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for, the managers are great"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They encourage team work and there is room for advancement

    Cons

    The only cons my schedule

    Advice to Management

    have a good time management


  2. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best companies to work for in America, not a very good compensation package."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, and relaxed culture is a great trait for this company.

    Cons

    Aim to hire the best and the brightest, but pays average salaries.

    Advice to Management

    There's great talent inside the company for key leadership roles that are seriously overlooked. Watch out for status-quo management, and lack of leadership training for engineers that seek managerial track roles.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work for if you're interested in their particular research"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very open and sharing environment, Management open to talk to, Solid Dental and Health Care benefits, Relaxed environment. Felt very secure with job position as NI has a record of not firing employees during recessions.

    Cons

    The Career paths are limited to marketing/sales and ME/EE... CS paths are limited. Lower Salaries than other companies doing a similar job.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Continuous product innovation in T&M, but how long will this last?"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SW and HW both industry leading...
    Majority are young and passionate about work

    Cons

    Big gap between corporate and branch offices

    Advice to Management

    Need to have more international sense to become a global company


  5. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    People
    Great work experience
    A stable company

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    Create better opportunities to move within the company and more advertising of positions internally.


  6. "Amazing place to work for!"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Very good work and life balance.
    Get to work with smart and intelligent people.
    Great place to start your career.
    Great communication between upper management and other employees.

    Cons

    The only thing I can think of is that NI does not pay enough


  7. "A good place to intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    --A real commitment to helping interns learn while doing useful projects
    --A friendly, relaxed company culture
    --A show of egalitarianism by upper management: there is no reserved parking for managers, and the CEO works in a cubicle similar to everyone else's.
    --Organized volunteer and social opportunities through the company
    --Flex-time
    --A nice company campus with walking trails and other amenities
    --A good location not far from downtown

    Cons

    --Though I was only an intern, I'm aware that salaries for full-time employees are not as high as at other companies

  8. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for career development.
    People work well with each other

    Cons

    Pay is lower then compared to the industry average


  9. "Great leadership and environment, excellent atmosphere, but difficult to move within the company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The leadership at NI is very strong and maintains good communication with employees. There are lots of fun and exciting things to work on. The workplace environment is top notch and work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    Salaries are not the most competitive. It is sometimes difficult to move to different departments within National Instruments. Leadership sometimes seems to be overly cautious with company direction.

    Advice to Management

    Create better opportunities to move within the company and more advertising of positions internally.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company doing exciting work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I get to work on a project I'm excited about and actually enjoy working on. The products NI makes get used for tons of awesome engineering applications. I feel like I'm contributing to something that is making the world a better place.

    The culture is relaxed, open and friendly. I like the people I work with and I feel like leadership generally makes good decisions. NI is very good about communicating with it's employees regardless of whether the news is good or bad. This gives me a lot of confidence in the company. Even when times are bad (2009 era for example) I feel like they try harder than most companies to be a stable employer and make decisions that balance the needs of the employees with the needs of the business.

    Cons

    I feel like I could probably be making a better salary elsewhere. To me personally, I feel like the benefit of enjoying coming to work probably outweighs the difference in salary though.


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