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Updated April 4, 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 183 reviews)

  • The work environment that the company promote (in 116 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 32 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very hands on role. Well supported by senior management. Quota flexibility.

    Cons

    Constant change - change management fatigue for many sales reps. Only a few people getting large rewards. Conflict between Inside and Field sales ownership may cause disruption.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to wow customers. When was the last time NI had a product launch and breakthrough that really wow clients and market?


  2. Helpful (2)

    "IT"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Work to maintain high level of medical benefits without driving cost to high
    Many happy hour and team building opportunities
    Work hours flexible
    On site doctor and gym

    Cons

    Use "NI" culture as excuse for lower pay
    Expect you available 24 hrs a day
    Career growth limited if you do not want to go into management
    No cost of living raises
    State they have profit sharing but did not receive about 50% of the time.


  3. Helpful (19)

    "An impressively uninspiring place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable employer
    Good work-life balance
    Great experience and good projects
    Skills learned here open doors in the future (outside of NI.....)

    Cons

    For a technical company there is very little to be inspired about here.

    Tepid growth with no real technical leadership (this is a high tech company that doesn't have a CTO and absolutely no hardware design representation in senior leadership). When most of the high profile projects you've had for the last 5 years are "better" versions of existing products it says a lot about the "vision".

    Leadership never shares any interesting plans to grow the company in the current stagnant state - only excuses for why we are flat rather than growing in the low single digits (weak dollar, weak PMI). The most interesting thing about company meetings here is making a bingo card that doesn't contain the words "PMI", "Headwinds" or "cautiously optimistic".

    This is a company that is well known for being average to below average in compensation but the most incredible part about compensation at NI is that there is no incentive to perform or go above and beyond and even less incentive to stick with the company in the form of RSUs. Brand new hires will have more RSUs than many people who have been with the company 5-10 years at this point due to the nonsensical policy tying RSU grants to company growth (which has been abysmal for the last 5 years). Again, just uninspiring.

    Leadership here is basically just flying a holding pattern waiting for the broader economy to grow so they can get larger RSU grants or promoted "to enable growth". Their bonus targets are too conservative and there is no incentive for them to take any risk to hit the targets, so nobody does and just blames the overall economy.

    Advice to Management

    Do something, anything, to provide incentives for individual contributors to perform and stick with the company. Cull the underachievers who become a larger percentage of the overall workforce as high performers move on while the "culture" allows slackers to remain forever.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "The NI Way"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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

    NI is mostly a good company. What most NI employees don’t know, current and former, is NI provides its employees with an anonymous and confidential way to provide feedback.

    NI contracts with a third party company called Ethics Point. Google Ethics Point and search their site for NI, because Glassdoor does not accept URL postings.

    “The NI Way is a frequently used term at National Instruments that attempts to describe the unique approach taken by employees to creatively and successfully exceed the expectations of our customers, business partners, and shareholders.
    At the foundation of the NI Way is our set of core values that help define who we are:
    • Constant respect for people
    • Uncompromising honesty and integrity”

    As a current employee, if you identify yourself and list personnel issues, read the fine print that says the following about feedback you provide:

    "Personnel issues such as discrimination, harassment or employment matters will be directed to human resources for investigation when a report is submitted." It also goes to the company attorneys, so make sure you can substantiate what you saying with a paper trail.

    “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” Potter Stewart

    Cons

    There are no cons to making this service available to current and former NI employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for."

    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
    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.


  7. Helpful (14)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  8. "Digital Hardware Intern"

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

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

    Pros

    NI is a company in which you have the opportunity to develop products from scratch. Not a lot of companies allows intern to take part in the design process in this way. Also the company is very worried about the life-work balance always remaining the importance of an integral developement as a person

    Cons

    At the time I was an intern offers for full time positions were scarce. Also the corporate housing is not really good.

    Advice to Management

    I think is a very organized company. If you talk you can be sure what you have to said will be taken into account.


  9. "Great Place to Work!"

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

    I have been working at National Instruments as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is the best thing about this place. They let you be you (as long as you get your job done). Never been this happy to actually come to work and WORK!

    Cons

    Pay is moderate but with how happy I am with my job and the people I work with its a mute point.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your are doing.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Not one of the best places to work"

    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
    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!


  11. "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


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