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Updated September 14, 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 196 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 (14)

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

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    • 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.


  2. "Digital Hardware Intern"

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    • 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.

  3. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (15)

    "Not one of the best places to work"

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    • 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!


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

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    • 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


  6. "Awesome culture, campus, company cares, meh pay"

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    • 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

    Pros

    Great culture. So many companies talk about culture but NI lives it...they really cares about their people and it totally shows...execs took a pay cut rather than laying people off in 08. Lots of fun events like family NI day at six flags, halloween for families, etc. There are bulletin boards for people to post about their own or spouse's businesses on-site (which makes up in part for the OK pay). The technlology is unreal. Absolutely stunning campus with fitness center, fitness classes, mindfulness and meditation classes, running trails, great cafeteria (paid but insanely affordable). Rare pushes to work OT result in lots of support. The CEO is the most genial guy imaginable...such a refreshing break from all the aggro CEO's you see today. Generally, there is a LOT to like about NI.

    Cons

    The pay is the only drawback, which is a considerable bummer. As a contractor I should expect to make 20% more than I was at a FT position and I am instead making 10% less, vacation time notwithstanding. I'm not one to give up vacation so this year I'll be looking at making about 20 percent less than I have in the past. Boo.

    Advice to Management

    We know you are trying to stay competitive with pay- please keep it up. Otherwise thumbs up on everything.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Programmer"

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Compensation is Bad"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Same Story Different Quarter"

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    • 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


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Growth"

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    • 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.


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