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National Instruments Reviews

Updated October 20, 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 198 reviews)

  • Very flexible and friendly work environment (in 123 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 (1)

    "Great Company to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, solid co-workers. Simply great place to work for.

    Cons

    Need more competitive salary to attract and maintain skilled workers.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have solid documentation on all process for re-usability.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Great pedrigee, everybody Loves working there but pay sucks!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting work. Smart coworkers. Making a difference. Convenient location if you live north. Challenging projects, can progress quickly. Stable employer. Opportunity to travel based on department. Access to interesting equipment. World class programming software (LabVIEW).

    Cons

    3rd year in a row of 0$ bonus!!! On top of almost record revenues. This is super frustrating and demoralizing. I see "leadership" who is getting promoted, bonuses and not doing JACK for us. There is Tons of doubletalk about employee engagement and making improvements but tiny raises (1% is HUGE), zero bonus and mandatory actions like :
    Blood draw annually for medical analysis or face $60 Monthly charge
    $0 bonus when HUGE deal last year about changing the formula and "setting aside $6mil for bonuses"
    Crap (1% for years on end) for raises when Austin is expensive
    Making building improvements and HUGE deal about it, who cares? We are here to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about bonus and incentive programs. I love NI but feel like I am getting shafted with raises and bonuses.
    We understand part of business plan is new graduates. It you need senior engineers to stay around.

  3. Helpful (15)

    "Not one of the best places to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus is nice. The company is finally making much needed updates to the facilities. Benefits are average compared to most large companies. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    The work environment stinks. Upper management has totally killed moral. Management is not honest with the employees. A lot of back stabbing. A lot of really good employees are leaving. Pay is well below average.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up!


  4. "National Instruments"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An inclusive environment to work in, engaging and committed to see you succeed in your job role. The level of knowledge around your peers and their commitment to foster your learning was incredible.

    Cons

    I didn't encounter too many downsides working there. The lunch was always pretty good, so I have no complaints

    Advice to Management

    None whatsoever! Every manager I had the privilege to speak with was engaging and focused.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Old School Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very strong work/life balance. Managers make sure that employees are getting enough time to spend with their families.

    Cons

    This company is stuck in the past. Everything they do from projects to team structures are very old school.


  6. "Still a great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Impactful mission
    high tech with ultra interesting products and customers
    Great colleagues - smart and nice
    International environment
    Financially solid
    Strong market position

    Cons

    Business support functions (i.e. G&A and Operations) have not grown/evolved at the rate of the overall company growth. In some cases still too much of a small company approach.
    People management is a gap.

    Advice to Management

    Faster decision making
    Delegate down and hold people accountable
    Communication


  7. "Applications Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of hands on experience

    Cons

    Not much detailed in R&D

  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are really nice to work with here.

    Cons

    There are room for a salary increase, to be frank. Everything else if pretty good.


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

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good People to work with"

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    • 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.


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