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Updated March 25, 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. Helpful (3)

    "eBusiness Strategist"

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

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

    Pros

    Family friendly culture. Fairly flexible work schedules. Decent Benefits. No history of Layoffs so a stable place to work. Relaxed office environment.

    Cons

    Terrible pay compared to competitors. Benefits used to be stellar but have declined in value over time. Culture is based on consensus and is slow to react and to make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation and improve decision making processes. You also need to better allocate resources towards needed company improvements. In the future Benefits will be more of an issue if they continue to decline.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and atmosphere. Excellent work life balance and management is very understanding when emergencies come up outside of work.

    Cons

    There is a lock of performance based compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees accountable for their work and focus more on performance based compensation.


  3. "Nice"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern I in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern I in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked my team a lot. The people I met at NI were all very kind--and good engineers to boot. I also liked the campus. It features two very nice volleyball courts and a full basketball court.

    Cons

    The culture differs from that of the sexier tech companies (like startups, Bay Area, etc...). It's pretty laid back and I sense that people spend a lot more time outside of work hanging out with friends and family and stuff like that.

    Advice to Management

    I didn't like clocking in and out when I was there. It wasn't a huge deal, and I understand the purpose of doing so, but I did feel like it shifted the source of my motivation so that I focused more on hitting 40 hours than making awesome software.


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  5. "Good company"

    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

    Good benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Hard to move up super high if you do not have an engineering background.


  6. "Great Company"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice, lots of opportunity for growth. Great work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay may be less than expected


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company, Good values, some minor kinks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with good intentions. Management tends to have best interest in mind, and is focused on long-term growth. Lots of smart, good people around you and interesting problems to solve. Reasonable expectations for work:life balance

    Cons

    Compensation sometimes is below the level of talent, and Im a bit skeptical of some of the future drive to the "performance oriented culture." At other companies thats often the sign of a migration into a very cutthroat environment, which NI has been great at avoiding.

    Advice to Management

    More aggressively pay people in high cost of living locations, and get a much more healthy bonus plan.


  8. "Marketing Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at National Instruments part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team work oriented, friendly, opportunity to grow, great resources

    Cons

    not much diversity in the work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start your career"

    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

    NI will help reimburse for sports teams, great for work-life balance
    Decent benefits
    Trust in employees to get the job done
    Flexibility to move around internally
    Rewarding work, ability to drive projects, build early career skills quickly
    Your colleagues become your good friends

    Cons

    Many changes in recent years, people seem skeptical (but everyone is still working hard)
    Your colleagues become your only friends, can be tough to separate work from play


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Collection"

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back, friendly work hard get great incentives. Loved to improve myself to see what I could do and did succeed.

    Cons

    Management had their favorites, if they didn't like you they would find some way to push you out. They would say or talk behind your back to others and would say things that you never said.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking that your better than others, and stop picking on the one's you don't like. Work with all your employee's, be fair on your decisions when it comes to promoting, it really shows, shame on you. I wish I could name names but I'm not.......Sr management sucks...in the collection dept.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "NI Technician"

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

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

    Pros

    There is a great culture at NI. I am encouraged to grow and learn new things. There is a lot of flexibility and I feel like management cares about helping me achieve my goals.

    Cons

    Pay is lower when compared to other similar companies. Medical benefits provided are not as good as they once were.

    Advice to Management

    It was scary to see manufacturing leave Austin. It left me with a feeling that the company I love so much no longer cares for its employees, but rather the bottom line.



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