National Instruments Reviews

Updated 23 August, 2014
Updated 23 August, 2014
608 Reviews

3.7
608 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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478 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective (in 13 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    A very nice place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern

    Pros

    The NI culture borrows a lot from other places but at the same time differs. Everyone is friendly, the people are amiable.

    Cons

    Time-off policies can be a little restrictive for some people and you will find yourself working on various projects at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing, and remember to always be considerate of those you manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Nothing I can't think about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    It's an absolute delight working here. You learn a lot everyday!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great employees but stingy compensation

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I Intern  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I Intern in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The company really has fostered a great culture -- it's actually fun to come to work. Internal classes also allow you to develop some skills.

    Cons

    Large product base to navigate. There doesn't seem to be as much ability to pursue new and unique ideas as they would like you to believe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work/life balance really is great, but show your employees you value them and pay competitive wages!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Internship at NI

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    Very good training where you cover many labview sessions as (Core 1, 2 ,3 and advanced materials)
    Good salary
    Interesting Projects

    Cons

    The office environment is very friendly and all are helpful as for the working hours they are the standard ones

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You will work with talented individuals (bring your "A" game).
    The products the company produces are very interesting and make a difference.
    Very good culture and the employees are treated with respect.
    The pay and benefits are on par with the rest of Austin in my experience.
    They do a pretty good job of hiring good managers and promoting from within.

    Cons

    It's an Engineering company, if your not an Engineer, you long-term opportunities will be limited.
    Work-life balance can be tough depending on what area you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for making this a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Flexible place to work, however they haven't figured out how to pay properly.

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    Current Employee - Hardware Technician  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Hardware Technician in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is good. Product development keeps you engaged. Office culture is relaxed and fun. Deck parties are a good boost for morale.

    Cons

    Pay and increases are not competitive to the market around town. There is a lot of frustration around the company about this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider truthfully looking at the value of your employees and what they are really bringing to the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to start career

    Current Employee - Writer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Writer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is challenging, interesting work available with supportive management, co-workers, and training opportunities. The work culture and environment are positive.

    Cons

    Some do not consider the salaries to be comparable to similar opportunities available at other companies, including the offered benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on more than just the entry-level careers and positions.

  10.  

    Very friendly place to work, not the best at salary and growth

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    Current Employee - Staff Technical Writer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Technical Writer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are friendly, smart, and motivated. The campus is lovely, the company really has a mission.

    Cons

    Pay is low, advancement opportunities are stifled by thick wall of 10-20 year experience employees, vacation is pathetic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better vacation, better telecommuting, better accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Company in Decline

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This is a great company to work if you want stability and flexibility. Expectations are quite low and even showing up is not required. If you are unwilling to grow or learn, you won't be forced to and can sit in your comfortable isolated box for as long as you choose, so long as you aren't completely incompetent for an extended period of time. You might find a project you enjoy and have no risk of anything changing for as long as you want.

    Cons

    The company's business model was built around growth, which has not occurred in over 10 years. Since they are unable to make any tough decisions (focusing efforts on profitable areas rather than wasting many man-centuries rebuilding non-growth products from the ground up, trimming the fat, etc...), they try to have their cake and eat it to. There is a cult-like mentality with complete denial for any negative aspects of NI's products. Since nearly all employees and management have only worked at NI, there is a tremendous amount of group-think and any outside ideas, including keeping up with the times, are heavily shunned. Any action takes a tremendous consensus, as individuals are never put into a position of ownership. This leads to a lot of time wasted trying to convince even the most minor stakeholders of the importance of your ideas while trying to maintain the support of those you already gathered as those who disagree with you will campaign against you. It becomes a war of attrition and the most stubborn end up winning. This can be very tiring if you try to fight for something.

    Anyone with any sense leaves after 5 years, and those that are left are the ones who are too afraid to change, those that are unwilling to grow, or those too incompetent to find other employment (or the rare few that are highly value flexibility over any kind of career growth or compensation).

    The company is extremely stingy in all aspects. This becomes ingrained in you. Spending money on anything is the biggest sin at NI. This is apparent from the mandatory shared hotel room policies for travel, poor equipment used by engineers, down to salaries. NI either is completely ignorant of market forces or simply does not value employees by offering below market salaries in the hopes that being able to wear shorts and sandals to work is somehow worth tens of thousands of dollars per year as a perk. Good performance is rewarded with promotion freezes. Promotions are awarded with nothing more than a title change (no salary changes!). Raises are becoming more infrequent and cutting them are the first line of defense against the ineffective business plan developed and executed by management. It makes you wonder if the slackers were always that way or just realized there was no reason to do anything other than slack. Management has many intelligent people, surely who understand the consequences of these policies. This means they will tell you one thing about their values (valuing people, honesty, etc...), and do something completely differently. They act like there is going to be growth around the corner when in reality, the company has simply turned into a value company trying to do things as cheaply as possible with replaceable cogs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become something more than the LabVIEW company. A 30 year old relic is not the key to growth. Trying the same thing and expecting different results is insanity. Be honest with employees about the state of the business. If you want to downsize Austin for Asia, do it through honesty and respect for employees rather than treating them poorly hoping some might leave on their own and those with the least negotiating power will stick around. Add more transparency to compensation by disclosing pay bands, how raises work, how stock is given out, etc... Trim the fat and entice the top performers to stay through mechanisms other than hoping they are too lazy to find a new job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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