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National Instruments Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • The work-life balance is fantastic (in 178 reviews)

  • Very collaborative work environment (in 114 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 31 reviews)

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

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  1. "NI is a great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Good benefits
    - Work that positively impacts engineers, scientists, and society at large
    - Stability
    - Commitment to improvement

    Cons

    - Slow to implement changes
    - Teams are somewhat silo-ed
    - Compensation is on lower end of competitiveness range

    Advice to Management

    - Fill in the gap in compensation in reference to area/industry standards


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good People to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with and great technology

    Cons

    Compensation (pay & benefits) is not competitive with SF Bay Area it is all based on Austin TX Market.


  3. "Great Values and People, Goal-Oriented"

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

    Pros

    The top things about NI are their core values and the people they hire. Although National Instruments is a large company, they focus on being transparent with all of their employees, including the interns. NI is also a very stable company, with no more than 15% invested in any industry.

    Cons

    Given it is a large company, there is a lot of overhead and departments to go through. There are frequent meetings and so many people it can be hard to feel connected to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to connect to employees to make them feel more part of the company.


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  5. "Application Engineer Internship"

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

    Pros

    Good and qualified people all around
    good pay

    Cons

    Work has less to with engineering


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Programmer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Minimal IT interference.

    Cons

    Serious NIH issues, closed-mindedness. Gross over-engineering of solutions. General incompetence at management levels.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about competitiveness or prepare to go under.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Compensation is Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Digital Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Digital Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good.

    Cons

    They try to make you think is fair what you get paid. Better look outside.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Same Story Different Quarter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    increased vacation for starting employees, possible increases in salary, the outgoing CEO is a very down to earth man and loves to hear about engineering problems

    Cons

    Downsizing to meet business profits, same story different quarter, incoming CEO is financially focused (CFO) concerns over squeezing every penny


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Slow and steady culture, challenging projects and assignments, generally harmony in working environment, learning and development getting improvement to benefit more employees.

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive vs more demanding expectations. Business growth has tapered off for the last few years, limiting career growth for many aspiring employees.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership efforts to generate growth need further improvement to be more effective for broadbase employees.


  10. "Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is nice overall.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Leadership Program"

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

    Pros

    The company has an amazing corporate culture. The work was consistently challenging and enjoyable. On top of that, they hire amazing people. The coworkers were the best part.

    Cons

    The department was full of young people, and trended towards being disorganized as a result. Expectations could be unreasonable with managers who struggled in people skills (particularly on the R&D side).

    Advice to Management

    Management policies should be better communicated. It seems that some employees are worried about the direction of the company from a lack of knowledge of where the ship is headed.



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