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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. "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.


  2. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. 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.


  6. "Great Internship"

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

    Pros

    Great, meaningful intern projects and a really fun internship program where they make sure you feel welcomed and give you so many opportunities for success.

    Cons

    They didn't give many offers to interns this year


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Not worth sticking around for the long term."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + Great place to start your career and witness how NOT to properly manage and inspire people
    + Relatively good work-life balance
    + Great location off of Mopac and near the Domain

    Cons

    - Don't stick around more than 5 years, unless you just want to coast <yawn>
    - Management is very "high school" cliquish, uninspiring and lacks any prior work history/experiences before joining NI - which makes it very difficult to progress your career, unless someone *finally* leaves/rotates
    - Very lackluster culture - this used to be its number one selling point prior to losing the Forbes Top 100
    - Zero effort in trying to keep talent when there are more enticing career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    There really needs to be a shake up from the top to really see any possible change trickle down. Put effort in making it a competitive, exciting place to work. Reward, promote and acknowledge those who do great work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, Technology, People, Timings, Career Path

    Cons

    Salary, Decision Making, Practices, Rigidity in Senior management

    Advice to Management

    Hire MBAs


  9. Helpful (10)

    "NI = Negligible Income"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for NI is at best mediocre - technically not very cutting edge, people are nice, location is in nice location in Austin, covered parking that protects you over hot summers. NI used to be good to work for 5 years ago, but as of 2016 - I rate it as a mediocre to below average place to work at.

    Cons

    With Alex Davern taking over as CEO, I am really concerned for NI. Most of Alex's speeches have involved around him boasting about his grand vacations and tours, etc. He has ruled over NI with an iron fist and throttled the pay. I really don't have a positive outlook with Alex taking over from the venerable Dr. T.

    2-3 years with no pay, no bonus raises to top off a below average pay doesn't seem very attractive at all. In the past, portraying NI as a cool company to work for helped NI management offset their peanut salary. Fast forward, and you have lot of companies in Austin willing to pay the right money for right talent. There has been a huge exodus of good talent from NI to DropBox, Google, Apple, IBM, etc.

    Managers are promoted in a very bad manner. I've seen lot of managers who don't deserve to be promoted, go up the ladder purely because they want to and they are close to upper management.

    Work related travels are terrible - penny pinching goes to a new level. Grown up dudes share hotel rooms, take longer route flights to save money, etc. Other than Amazon, NI is the other company that definitely does not care about travel culture for its employees.

    Advice to Management

    NI needs a shake-up from top to bottom. Ensure everybody gets paid market average, not just the senior management. Looking through the reviews and zero action from NI - I don't think the senior management really cares ! Pitiful !


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Sales Engineer"

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn
    Work with brilliant people
    Great management team
    Very stable
    Great work life balance, will never have to work weekends or after 6

    Cons

    Because they don't do layoffs there is a lot of fat that needs to be trimmed
    Questionable leadership at the top
    Low salary compared to the market
    Unrealistic goals for company bonuses
    Lots of red tape means changes happen very slowly
    Because they hire everyone in AE, we now have a lot of upper level management making decisions for the whole company, while not having outside experience.

    Advice to Management

    NI harps on hiring the best and the brightest all the time. They used to be ranked as one of the best places to work. The market has changed drastically over the past 5-10 years and the culture advantage NI used to have has been surpassed at nearly every other company. if you want to stop the mass exodus of employees leaving, you simply need to change. NI is at an inflection point and it doesn't look like it's heading up.


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