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Updated 14 April, 2015
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Pros
  • Relaxed working environment and good work/life balance; stable employment outlook (in 97 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 14 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 17 reviews)

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  1. not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    big desk and large space

    Cons

    nerd too many that do not talk

  2. A very nice place to work at

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. 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 Management

    Good

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  5. Helpful (9)

    Be careful, we are losing more people...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment. Team building exercises and outings are a regular to help get to know people. For the last 15 years, up until this one, NI made the top 100 best places to work list. Each building has it's own kitchen and serves great food, so you don't have to leave to property to get breakfast or lunch.

    Cons

    Ni is not known for their monetary compensation. The benefits are great, and affordable, but when it comes down to pay, they lose a lot of folks to higher (sometimes 40% and more) salaries.

    Advice to Management

    NI has a dream. I believe they could achieve this much easier, if they would better compensate their people. Stop losing great, key, and talented people to other places over a monetary wall.

  6. Group Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Career Growth opportunities
    Great Benefits
    Great opportunities in Test and Measurement

    Cons

    Company Bonus lower every year
    Raises have not been prioritized
    Internal Tools are going through necessary changes, but growing pains exist.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize top performers and make sure they stay.
    Develop training to cultivate stronger managers
    Focus on retaining top sales talent

  7. SQA Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Debrecen (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Debrecen (Hungary)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - People focus
    - Work Life balance
    - Open and honest communication towards employees
    - Decent growth despite of economic downturn, enabling relatively good career opportunities
    - Development opportunities

    Cons

    - Very relationship based, what makes people life coming from outside sometimes difficult
    - Hard to drive change
    - Processes & Policies? Forget them! Someone will get stick to something else and people are free to do that, even if it has impact on others (still works out somehow, but very often it is inefficient and annoying to others)

    Advice to Management

    - Standardize your IT development workflow and make it followed
    - Follow industry standards, you are not able to beat, what works outside, it collects at least million times more experience you can have internally, and someone comes from outside will have a chance to work efficiently
    - Measure your performance
    - Do not afraid showing weaknesses, you can fix the problem what you realize and show, but not showing and fixing them will cause continuous business waste
    - Sometimes listen to the one coming from outside and/or telling the bad news, instead of your well known buddy, they are there to help you, not to hurt you
    - Fixing the problem is more important than delivering half made solution on time

  8. Stimulating and Rewarding

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

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent people helping intelligent customers do amazing things. Lots of growth opportunities for company, product groups, markets and individuals.

    Cons

    Continuous growth for many years means a small company start-up way of working is still applied in a big company multinational which can be challenging for those who join the company later in their careers. Many colleagues have only worked at National Instruments so they haven't been exposed to other ways of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    Being a grown up company does not mean we cannot be innovative so embrace maturity as an opportunity otherwise we look naive.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good way to start out of college

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good environment and space. Managers and team are cool. Never had to work overtime or too much.

    Cons

    Pay is average by industry standards, nothing too great. Managers and technical leads are often at odds. Bonuses often awarded to management at the expense of technical talent, while we're told company didn't do too well this year, so here's your pittance.

    Advice to Management

    Give more power to people who actually know their stuff. Money should go to technical individuals before managers.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company to work for, grat work experience, great people, if only salaries were good enough..

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture, the amount of trust and freedom put in its employees. How you grow in this company is up to you, which makes this place an awesome place to work. Word of caution though, if you're not a self starter and a person easy to demotivate, then this place is not for you.

    Cons

    Salary, benefits are not good.

    Advice to Management

    Work on that over employment situation so you can get your good employees good salaries and benefits.

  11. Helpful (11)

    Relatively healthy company culture and great place to build a career, but with below average compensation and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    NI is a pretty great place to work. The people are smart and for the most part engaged in what they do. Management is relatively transparent and does a decent job of communicating company goals and results modulo the standard medium-to-big company stuff that everyone else does. New grads, it's worth remembering that NI is a pretty conservative engineering organization overall, so don't expect a downtown startup-like atmosphere or attitudes despite how young many of your fellow coworkers will be, but it's not totally sterile or button-down either.

    Cons

    Cheap. Compensation and benefits compare poorly to similar positions in Austin and don't seem to be keeping up even to the rising cost of living in the area, and Austin's not a cheap place to live anymore. Until recently, NI has argued fiscal austerity measures as the reason for the lack of salary increases and cutbacks in benefits; the relatively high attrition rate of experienced employees (especially the staff software engineers) and the competitive market for CS/EEs recently has kind of woken up management to the fact that they're going to have pay more to keep good people around. But this is a company that is thrifty to a fault, and expect penny pinching at every turn.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the purse strings. I get that expense control is important, and being frugal has helped the company through the lean years. But the economy has rebounded now and competition is fierce--you're not going to get the talent you need or keep the experienced tech leadership that has taken the company to this point without seriously upping the compensation and benefits, and not penny pinching at every turn. The vacation accrual rate after 15 years is shockingly pathetic, just embarrassing. Fix that. If you're going to lowball salaries, at least throw a bone of a few more days of vacation a year at your employees. Keep that people that got you where you are. Treat them well.

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