National Instruments Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
610 Reviews

3.7
610 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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479 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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Employee 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.  

    This is my home.

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    Former Employee - Software Group Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Software Group Manager in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are amazing. Every day, I get to work with thousands of brilliant engineers. This is what fuels me.

    Cons

    Every con I can think of is not really worth mentioning and externally driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cautious not to change too much too fast, this is a challenge when we grow to a very large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good place for working as a professional and starter

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Yerevan (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Yerevan (Armenia)

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

    Pros

    good challenges for starter, very smart management who can make your work more interesting and effective. closer working with customer make live interesting

    Cons

    lot of work discussion, you can work when you wont but in time. office is best one, you create your own office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun place to work, but you can hit a ceiling quickly

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, a fun atmosphere, and the feeling that the company's products in turn help customers do amazing things.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better and there's not very much upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the company back to growing again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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
  9.  

    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

  10. 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
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Aspires to be the North Korea of Tech Companies. A previously admirable company in Decline.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great environment for interns and new hires (at the expense of long term employees). It is expected that long term employees bend over backwards to scrape together good projects for you and cater to your every whim in hopes you join and help satisfy the churn of the 5 year treadmill. This works well; interns join until they slowly become disillusioned, and leave after having groomed an intern of their own who will take their place (departing Senior Level engineers are always replaced by fresh grads). The net experience level in this company is constant due to the 5 year treadmill and management seems to scratch their heads in the face of decreasing efficiency and increasing project development cycles when projects become more bloated and difficult while the experience level of the developers has flatlined. Put your five years in and then leave for one of the top tier consumer electronics companies where hard work is valued with compensation and true career growth.

    If you are experienced and value family life, you will find it here. You can "go out to pasture" after 5 years of proving yourself and coast by the rest of your career. This is the only economical and optimal reason to stay after 5 years unless your family can be sustained on nothing but kool aid.

    You obtain valuable skills and experience in the first five years here. If you happen to fall under the newly minted layoff axe, you shouldn't have any difficulty finding a higher compensation position elsewhere.

    You don't even need to shop your salary around; NI has hired a third party company to compare your salary to every podunk competitor with subpar workers and we've made sure to put you just slightly below the industry average because it's so awesome to just BE here! Everyone cheer for the goal of providing average wages for "The best and the brightest!"

    Cons

    NI (don't call it "National Instruments"!) spends an astronomical amount of time and money on sales and marketing (externally AND internally). Rather than improve employee compensation, the company will choose to kick the propaganda up a notch every time - this has been in overdrive in 2014 - "Think of the vision!" "We can do anything together!". It all converges in the cult of personality developed around Dr T and the executives. Do it for the dear leader, don't look outside the window to other companies, it's just as good or better here!

    NI relies on fear of change and lack of knowledge of outside companies to keep people around. Everybody at NI knows nothing BUT NI by design, the company only hires new grads in lieu of any experienced engineers. Thankfully, this company is easier to escape than it's model country as Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook are happy to poach the cream of the 5 year crop after they've stagnated (and they will) at NI.

    The benefits of the rank and file are based on NI being a growth company but it is run like (and is) a value company. No risks, extremely high dividend that prevents investment in R&D (and goes straight into the pockets of the executives who still hold a very large amount of outstanding stock), and lack of good business leadership mean that experienced employees get the short end of the stick every quarter.

    NI is so incredibly cheap it is mind boggling. You will share hotel rooms with other (loudly snoring) grown men to save $100/night while you work 16 hour days recruiting, you will pay a hefty monthly penalty fee to provide benefits for your family if they have any other option of coverage (no matter how poor it is), you will take the longest and cheapest flights possible, your expense reports will be scrutinized to no end and every purchase req will demand that your life depends on it.

    No worthwhile career growth past the senior level. You can take on as much responsibility as you like and improve your skills but won't get anything for it in comparison to other top tier companies.

    The company benefits and morals are in constant decline. Higher premiums, worse coverage, worse relative compensation, (NEW!) layoffs, obscured communication, secret promotion freezes, skipped merit increases, layoffs (again! NI is now like every other business in the world - layoffs WILL happen if it makes business sense, even in Austin). The stock is doing fine and the dividends will predictably raise year after year while employee net compensation will fail to keep up with national modest inflation and much more aggressive Austin inflation.

    Your family will be in a worse position every year you stay with this company. You will get to see them nearly as much as you like, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees should be more than simple, fungible cogs in the machine of Dr T's legacy. Providing well for the families that sacrifice to enable that legacy should be on just as high a pedestal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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