National Instruments Employee Reviews in United States

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A great place to work
Staff Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 23, 2016
National Instruments prides itself on being a great place to work. In practice this means that jobs are secure; NI is known for not doing layoffs. This has its downsides, but for many job security is paramount. NI had many events throughout the year including NI Week and NI Days where employees were exposed to the work of other groups in the company. This proved a great opportunity to learn about what work was being done across the company. As well NI would have deck parties with free food and beer.

NI was a great start to my career. It is well known that NI tends to hire students just out of school. While NI is a great place to work, ultimately the reason for hiring college graduates is to keep costs down by paying lower salaries. If you're a student looking for a solid company to launch your career, NI is a great place. That said, you should work hard to learn as much as you can and prepare yourself not to stay more than a few years. Exposure to the culture of other companies is part of the learning process.
Pros
Job stability
Cons
Lower salary than other engineering companies
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Relaxed culture with smart engineers
Embedded Software Developer (Former Employee) –  austinSeptember 27, 2015
Culture is very relaxed and encourages a strong work life balance. Sometimes the projects may not be as interesting as you might like them to be, but everyone is very supportive and helpful! Teams are smart, focused, and experienced. It is said that the compensation is below average here with the tradeoff that security and work life balance are very good here!
Pros
nice location, good work/life balance, established, supportive teams
Cons
below average pay, mundane tasks occasionally
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Innovative company, great place to start a career
Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 22, 2015
National Instruments prides itself for innovative work while providing a good work/life balance. The culture is great, Engineers work collaboratively.

The recruiting machine is well oiled. Engineers start in the Engineering Leadership Program or R&D. The ELP program focuses on growing tomorrow's leaders in sales, marketing, or R&D.
Pros
Smart colleagues, collaborative environment
Cons
Average salary, stagnating growth
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Productive work environment with amazing work life balance
Integrated Marketing Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 17, 2015
National Instruments is a staple in the Austin business circle, developing high-tech hardware and software systems to enable engineer and scientists to further their work. It has an amazing work life balance (better than most places), but does not have many of the amenities of the start-ups in town. It's important to know what you want out of your job: Three meals provided or time with your family? I love working here, but it is not for everyone.
Pros
Work life balance, gym, basketball courts, volleyball courts
Cons
Salary a little low, large company/slow moving
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Good
Engineering (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 2, 2016
Good Place to work, Flexible hours and work. Cares for employees and has good benefits. Fun and interesting projects included.
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Good Company going through growing pains
Staff Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 3, 2016
Depending on what organization you worked for, your work life balance was pretty easy.

They are trying to improve their people management. You can see slight changes.

The most enjoyable part of my job is my co-workers. If you are lucky and you get an awesome team. The work day goes by a lot easier.
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Antiquated company that needs to look around at competition
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 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.
Pros
Benefits, 3% 401k and 3 health plans, Employee stock purchase program
Cons
Salary is not competitive
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Sincere, but slow to adapt
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJanuary 15, 2016
National Instruments is a company with one of the most beautiful visions I've ever seen. Pushing to create hardware and software that will accelerate progress on the world's grand engineering challenges. National Instruments' products are used from CERN to SpaceX to berry sorting facilities.
The hiring process focuses on bringing in people who will ascribe to the grand vision, and have the technical chops to make it happen -- so there is generally a fairly homogenous culture onsite. The upside to that is that it is easy to get along with one's coworkers. The downside of course is that without enough varying viewpoints, there isn't enough dissent to slow down some of the more 'aggressive' initiatives passed down from management. The burnout amongst the workers is real.
I wish the best for National Instruments, it is one of the few companies actively trying to be "the good guy", but I also hope they will listen more to the troops in the trenches. Otherwise they may not be able to maintain the manpower necessary to realize their grand visions.
Pros
I've never had a bad manager here (and I've had several)
Cons
The health plans are getting expensive, and the talk of 'worklife balance' is starting to feel like mere lip-service
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Great place to work! Wonderful mentorship
Staff Technical Writer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 18, 2015
I started my career at NI, and, looking back, it was a really great environment. I learned a lot, and the company really pushed continued learning. The mentors I had were very kind and helpful. I wish more places took a page from NIs playbook.
Pros
Great learning opportunities, low stress
Cons
Low salary
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Good place to wet your feet after school
Research & Development Hardware Technician (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 3, 2015
This place will give you extensive exposure to all facets of the hardware/software design process. You will interact with everyone on a near daily basis from Technicians on up to VP's. You will gain a very solid foundation which will allow for easy transition into just about any technical field out there.
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Work/Life balance
Cons
Pay
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Products that are worth working hard to create
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 29, 2016
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.
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Growing Pains
Sales Development Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 12, 2016
Sales team didn't provide a clear vision to employees of what they were striving for. Some of the management is green and cannot manage their team well or provide meaningful feedback.
Pros
nice campus
Cons
poor compensation, going through growing pains (some outsourcing), poor management
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Its a fun workplace
Manufacturing Manager (Former Employee) –  Austin, TexasFebruary 8, 2016
Its a great company to work for especially for fresh college graduates to gain experience in cross functional organizations.
Company encourages innovative thinking.
Pros
Deck parties
Cons
Won't think twice to move jobs overseas whereever there is a tax advantage
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Great place to start or end a career
Applications Engineering (Current Employee) –  austin, txAugust 12, 2014
NI is a great company with great people, but is muddled with excessive mid-level management and poor compensation.

You are given a lot of freedom to learn new things and move horizontally throughout the company. There is excessive mid-level management, an absurd amount of "kool-aid" and corporate marketing cheerleading, and poor upwards mobility. Compensation is ok, but does not move much and is a source of much friction within the company. Basically, you are told that the culture makes up for the lack in pay/bonuses...

Work-life balance in outstanding, the people are great, and I enjoy going to work. However, after several years, your salary begins to lose out to inflation and it no longer is an economical place to work.

NI is a great resume builder and first/last job.
Pros
work-life balance, culture, learn new things and gain experience
Cons
going through growing pains so lots of change for the sake of change with no real target, poor compensation
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I like it overall
Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Louisville, COMarch 31, 2016
Had a pretty good experience working there. Pay was good and work environment was serious which I liked. They have many different departments and I worked for AWR department.
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Fun place with deck parties and happy hours
Technical Sales Consultant (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 18, 2016
Fun place to work where you get to deal with customers working on cutting edge technologies. Beer Fridays are pretty common and are a great way to end the week at a great company.
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Slow, steady, secure
Group Manager (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 9, 2011
NI is a great place to work. To those that thrive there, this means interesting projects, unmatched job security, open and honest communication from senior management, and smart and engaged coworkers. It's a pretty unique place in a world that doesn't value loyalty or long term business planning and relationships.

However, it does have an extreme negative. The pay is significantly below average. This is the trade-off you make working there. Opportunities for advancement are plentiful as the company grows, however, salary increases don't scale with responsibilities and title. After hitting the 5 year mark, many top performers begin to seek out greener pastures to make a decent salary. This keeps the company young, as it is continually replenished with new college grads.
Pros
beer at work, smart coworkers, stability and security, open senior management team, flexible hours, work/life balance
Cons
salary, bad coffee, poor middle management
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Productive
Hardware Engineer Intern (Former Employee) –  Santa Rosa, CAMarch 23, 2016
Created testing programs in LabVIEW. Dealt with testing equipment such as oscilloscopes and function generators. Did not have too much interaction with other co-workers
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Great place to work!
North American Oil and Gas Business Manager (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXJanuary 7, 2016
Extremely high tech focused company with a long proven track record of growth and innovation. Company culture is outstanding.
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you can grow and learn from working with good people
Shipping and receiving logistics coordinator (Former Employee) –  austin texasAugust 5, 2015
a good company to work for.
i was provided lots of work related tasks that help to develop a strong work ethic.
a good opportunity to work hard at work worth doing.
Pros
great people to work with
Cons
management and monies
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