National Instruments is one of those tech businesses in Austin that has been around for decades and isn't showing any signs of slowing down. With such a large company, there were some great perks like on-site clinics, cafeterias, happy hours, etc. But departments had a horrible time communicating with one another and the sales department was constantly trying to figure itself out.
National Instruments is a growing company and currently they are going through growing pains. They claim to be at an inflection point and are encouraging employees to fast forward their careers. They have many plans, but often times the specifics of the plans get lost in the many many changes they make or are trying to make.
casual environment, cafe on campus, good benefits
Poor pay and seldom a raise, management unclear on many issues.
People are great worker and very helpful. Management are solid. They listen to your ideas. Work hours are flexible as long as you get the work done. Everybody work with the same goal. Job security - NI never lay off their good worker because of bad economy.
I loved working for National Instruments. I enjoyed my team in the Customer Education Department. We all became like a family. Our days were busy, but we enjoyed our jobs. And our boss was always fair and treated us well. The hardest part was when thing happened that were out of your control. We all just worked together to get through any issues.
Delays with shipping companies getting our supplies to classes on time
You will get to work on exciting projects that make a big difference in the world and pick up some valuable skills along the way. Eventually, you will be confronted by the realization that innovation and creativity are stifled by leadership who have zero accountability for their decisions and actions.
Talented peers, great work life balance, making a difference in the world
Middle and upper management do not address root issues, Harmful to company performance and employee sentiment
Senior Test Engineer (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – May 2, 2016
A typical day at work is 8-5 and you get your work done in a relaxing fashion. The culture is great and you don't feel the stress.
NI does cutting edge work. You get to bring forth your ideas and learn a lot.
Management and co-workers are NICE. I have not seen a different company where people are so nice. Disclaimer: Sometimes management chooses an inexperienced and un-fit candidate to be a manager. I reported to a newbie manager who was a passive control freak - He'd modify my code after I left work to match the style he wanted inspire of the fact that his style was not the most professional looking code.
Hardest part is pay. NI doesn't pay very well and you don't get bonus and salary raises regularly.
Enjoyable part of the job is the work. Work is beautiful !
Antiquated company that needs to look around at competition
Engineer (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – April 14, 2016
This company used to be a leader in both employee satisfaction and competitive products. They've just fallen behind in the last few years. Focusing too much money into research instead of into supporting new customers and attracting new customers.
The culture is great, and is the saving grace for NI. I think they fall back on how great the work/life balance is as justification for poor compensation. They know the employees will stay because they enjoy the casual environment.
Now is the tipping point. If they don't continue to innovate and pay competitively they will fall irreversibly behind and lose a lot of talent.
Benefits, 3% 401k and 3 health plans, Employee stock purchase program
There are many wonderful things about working at National Instruments, but what means the most to me is that our products make a difference! I understand, in a very real way, how the work that I did at National Instruments enables scientists and engineers to do what would otherwise be too difficult to accomplish in a reasonable time.