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so many talented people
Applications Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 17, 2018
great people around and so smart. very innovative products. compensation a bit lower than average, not sure how they retained so many talented people. some favoritism. need to quickly adapt and get with good mentor.
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A once great company to work for that is now toxic
Senior Software Technician (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 6, 2018
National Instruments was a great company to work for. As a leaping off point in your career it's a good place to start. As time has gone on the work culture has turned toxic with people treating one another in unprofessional ways.

Management has its hands tied for the most part and the system they have in place for career advancement takes advantage of the employee.

They hire people for one roll then have them perform another, typically with no increase in pay for the work they are being expected to perform. Software technicians constantly find themselves doing the work of an engineer with any additional compensation.
Pros
Work life balance
Cons
Under paying, Toxic Culture
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Fun place to work and was always opportunities to achieve.
Senior Test Engineering Technician (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXFebruary 1, 2018
A great place to be part of a cutting edge company with a great culture for advancement. Always some new project to hone you skills on and a excellent management team.
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No benefits
Quality Assurance Technician (Current Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAJanuary 4, 2018
I had no benefits and didn't become permanent. i worked over a year with no intending of converting me. I like the people and the job but i need to look for my future and it;s not good here.
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I like working at NI very much. Great learning environment and great people to work with.
Software Technician (2.5 yrs.) (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 26, 2017
Even though software development is very fast paced the work environment is not stressful. Employees have great opportunities for advancement and job skill development. Employees have the opportunity to take responsibility for managing their work at many different levels. Company management and high level decision making is very transparent. High level information is quickly communicated to the company.
Pros
Full service cafeterias, flexible work schedule, on-site medical clinic, fitness center, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts
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Extremely smart coworkers, fun place to work, low salary, and poor management
Staff Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 21, 2017
Extremely smart coworkers - By far the best part of working at NI
Low salary - Management claims it's a fair salary based on good culture.
Management - Typically selected from within based on popularity but ignores talent.
Pros
work/life balance
Cons
low salary
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Good work life balance but no career advancement
Programmer Analyst II (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 11, 2017
The best thing about NI is its people. They are Collaborative, Hardworking and Fun! Work life balance is pretty great. However, the compensation is far less when compared to its competitors. And the management needs to step it up in terms of recruiting, retention and actually identifying employee needs.
Pros
Work Life Balance
Cons
Low chances for career advancement
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Fantastic place to work!
Staff Development Specialist (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 7, 2017
I love the company and the people that I work with at National Instruments. The culture and work environment is fantastic! I feel very proud to work here.
Pros
Onsite gym. Onsite doctors office. Beautiful campus. Onsite cafes.
Cons
None that I can think of.
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Great place to work when starting your career, awful place to stay.
Technical Writer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXDecember 7, 2017
National Instruments has great benefits with extremely low pay and uses their benefits to justify the lower pay. Many other companies have the same benefits with great pay. You will learn a lot in whatever role you start in, but getting a promotion is practically impossible and managers will find every excuse to keep you where you are at for the sake of budget.
Pros
Great Benefits
Cons
Poor Upward mobility, favoritism, competitiveness, no collaboration
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Decent place to work
Product Support Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 15, 2017
Quality of management varies from team to team within departments.

Culture is great, as most coworkers are welcoming, open-minded, and socially active.

Major issues with salary compression.

Career growth opportunities depend heavily on whether or not manager takes a real interest in the success of individuals on their team.
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Much better out there
STAFF SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 15, 2017
NI was doing things that all tech companies now do: campus alchol, parties, team building fun. Now all tech companies do that and you can get paid more that at NI.
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Used to be a great place to work, then everything changed
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 19, 2017
The culture at NI changed drastically, and my new management team did not recognize my value. I was laid off.

The previous 17 years were great, excellent corporate culture, lots of wonderful employees, but then all the senior management and executives started retiring, bringing in Millenials to take their place. Everything changed. The culture was lost. Many MANY people left and/or were laid off in just a two year period. Sad.
Pros
Great benefits, the employees were great to work with
Cons
New management sucked
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Fun, relaxed, free dressed area with freedom to move anywhere in the campus.
Paid Internship (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 5, 2017
The workplace of NI to me was very friendly and welcoming. With there own events like S'mores day, Kids day, Pancake day, it was a whole lot of fun working their especially with my coworkers the other interns were so funny and cool to be around same with my Manager. The flexibility of hours was also a favorite at the place same as the increase in pay each summer worked there.
Pros
Flexible hours, Calm workplace, fun people, pay, own Breakfast and lunch kitchen
Cons
Working sometimes in the summer sun directly
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Used to be great...
Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXOctober 2, 2017
...but has become a shadow of what it once was. Salary and benefits have failed to keep up with the market (people are paid well below average) and with recent headcount reductions, more work for those left standing! It's a shame, but NI has become a toxic place to be. :(
Pros
Nice coworkers
Cons
Low pay and bad management
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Plenty of work to do
Senior Specialist - Events (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 29, 2017
Good opportunity to work at NI. Experienced frequent management changes. Culture includes employee deck parties and morale boosters often. I would work there again.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
limited back fill of positions
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Great products and workers
Sales Operations Specialist (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 19, 2017
Love the technology this company puts out. Staying on the cutting edge is what they do best. Keeping top people is not something they do well anymore. This is a great place to get your start,but after a year maybe 2 be ready to move on. Keep your resume up to date.
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Productive and fun.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 5, 2017
Well rounded team work. Working at night time was less stress. Communication was never a problem. Management was very kind and friendly. Love the Friday food and snacks.
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Great place to work
Sales Operations (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 5, 2017
Rated one of the best places to work for a reason. They have great culture and focus on core values. They make an investment in People that will allow you to succeed.
Pros
Great Benefits, Culture, and Campus
Cons
Can't turn left onto Duval
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Great long term workplace with limited growth, but great culture
Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 25, 2017
The culture and people at NI are excellent and what drove me to come to work every day. Likewise, the products and customers are exciting and changing the world. The facilities are good and improving, and they really do try to take care of their employees. In my case, the company is not growing as much anyone would prefer, and there just are not the advancement opportunities I'd like to have. That said, if I was looking for a comfortable, stable, long term employer to grow old with, NI would be an excellent option.
Pros
culture, products, colleagues
Cons
growth potential
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Great for Engineers Okay for Everyone else
Recruiting Specialist, R&D (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 3, 2017
Management has a lot of focus on improving engineers performance and experience while the business support roles are often overlook and under appreciated by the company as a whole.
Pros
Work Life Balance, Trust in Leadership
Cons
Lower pay, low recognition
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