National Instruments Reviews

Updated Aug 3, 2020

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3.6
66%
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71%
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National Instruments President and CEO Alex Davern  (no image)
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237 Ratings
Pros
  • "Competitive salary, work-life balance, a great place to develop your professional carreer(in 270 reviews)

  • "NI has a great work environment and is a place to learn a lot(in 144 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay plus as an intern you will not be given that many important responsibilities(in 42 reviews)

  • "Work Life balance is not as good as marketed(in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for and do business with."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work with the latest technologies in use and in development today. Excellent culture, all employees are great to work with and very approachable up to the highest level.

    Cons

    You are continuously learning. If you want a job were you do the same routine every day, this is not the place for you.

  2. "Regional Sales Manager"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Good Culture Unique products to be competitive Training

    Cons

    Typical big company problems Too many meetings Internal coordination


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Used to be good, but going downhill fast"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lots of good people, interesting products, projects and customers

    Cons

    Since founder (Dr T) retired has been going downhill fast. Wrong people put in positions of power in many projects, and bureaucracy and 'wall street logic' are bringing down good projects. Salary and titles are behind the rest of the industry.

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  4. Helpful (5)

    "Good Place to start"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects A good place to start your career

    Cons

    It's slowly turning into a megacorp. Salaries are low and the new CEO is mostly focused on cost cutting and ensuring shareholders are happier than the employees

  5. Helpful (5)

    "Former Staff Software Dev"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Got to work with some great colleagues * Worked on a number of interesting projects

    Cons

    * Compensation was low * Career opportunities are very limited in offices other than Austin

  6. Helpful (4)

    "National Instruments"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance - very little overtime

    Cons

    Don't care about employees, only the bottom line Terrible leadership, direction/goals change constantly Teams are constantly re-organised and re-assigned

  7. Helpful (9)

    "I feel sorry for NI"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

    Pros

    There was a time when employees used tot take pride in working at NI. Those were the times when Dr. T was around, company valued employees ( primary stakeholders right?) and in turn employees gave 200%. But things changed rapidly once the new CEO came in. He got busy pointing out mistakes made by previous management and turned things upside down. Within three months 100s of employees were fired, not for performance but for, someone else's mistakes.

    Cons

    If you want to learn and be a part of a fast moving company which values innovation and culture, NI is not the place. You are better off choosing 1000s of other companies. NI used to be one such place but not anymore. I wonder how Dr. T feels about this.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "New upper management"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, great employees below upper management.

    Cons

    Previous CEO (DrT) great culture is gone. Employees are becoming just a number, continuously pushing out employees with hi salary and replace by younger generation to maximize profit.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work, average pay"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at National Instruments for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair amount of autonomy, interesting and innovative products to sell. Generally good culture of people. Management is genuinely interested in creating a great place to work.

    Cons

    The progression in sales career doesn't tend to follow the expected pay increase, mostly changes in the pay structure.

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  10. "Good career opportunities"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Best company I have worked for. It is a place that strikes a good balance between your needs and the needs of other stakeholders.

    Cons

    Longer term career opportunities (7+ years experience) are more challenging, but I believe the company is actively trying to address the issues.

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