NA (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – July 17, 2018
I've worked for NI over 15 years in engineering and average less than 2K/year in raises. New grads make 15k less than me which doesn't seem right.. I have no stock options, or RSU's, they ignore their loyal employees. Good place to be comfortable and raise a family.
don't count on raises keeping up with industry or inflation
Overall, the Applications Engineering department is a good first job for EE's and MechE's out of college due to the training opportunities available and the leadership training received. However, technical growth quickly stagnates as your day-to-day consists of 6/7 hours of troubleshooting customer issues on the phone. You will not become better at programming in this role, but can lead to more exciting roles in the company.
National Instruments was once a great compnay to work for but as the years went on the company culture changed. In most departments Work Life Balance is pretty good but no one except for executives are compensated well for the work they do.
Company more interested in bottom line than its people
Data Analyst (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – June 21, 2018
While National Instruments may be a good starter job (they are always hiring talented engineering graduates), profitability and the bottom line have become most important. Job security for senior staff is tenuous at best. There have been a number of recent layoffs in the past few years, focusing on more senior employees. Pay is below norm for most positions.
There always work at the work place and have fun. I learned a lot from team member of my organization. The management is good and fair. Workplace is excellent and laid back at times. The hardest part of the job is to meet deadline of project, product, stressful, and balancing life. The most enjoyable part of the job have employee appreciation week. There is food and drink.
Great benefits, solid co-workers. Great place to work for.
Job will stagnate. Slow in advancement and will have to work multitasks if person left the company.
The coming was growing and the machinery was being design on the shop floor. We were using the state of the art technology with an engineering and design department that learning on the fly. It made job of the cost accounting difficult because parts were often order and never made to accounting system.
Software engineers are significantly underpaid. They hired an outside consultant to confirm that yes, software engineers are underpaid. They have explicitly stated that they intentionally underpay, but make up for it with work-life balance. When the consultants came back, they admitted "well, we didn't realize we were THAT far under market! we'll split the difference." But they haven't.
New CEO is a godsend, but salary has not improved at all.
Always loved my coworkers, they hire people who really create a fun work environment. You feel cared about and rather than being competitive, everyone is more than willing to help each other out and grow. Most of the managers there that I knew are awesome though a few can be frustrating. There is some frustration that comes with working with a big company, but I think it falls in line with the same frustrations of any other big company. Benefits were pretty good. National Instruments brags about their work-life balance, but how easy that is to achieve really depends on your department and you have to work hard to achieve it.
Web Developer (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – March 16, 2018
National Instruments hired me in one role, and when my managers learned I had web programming skills, they changed my position to accommodate those skills. They did not, however, raise my pay to match the salary I earned at my previous job for the same amount of work.
They have policies which prevented my manager from matching that salary for the entire duration of my employment. I stayed with National Instruments during the 2008 financial crisis, having already lived through the 2001 down turn.
As much as I enjoyed my coworkers and the work environment, the pay left me in years of debt. It was the worst financial decision I made.
I think NI has a great culture, although there have been some growing pains as they become a bigger company. I think the next 5 years will be very interesting. The best part of working there is the people. The working environment is collaborative and respectful. My experiences with managers were mostly very positive
Great spot for temporary employment; expect low wages
Direct Marketing Intern (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – February 26, 2018
Worked here as an intern in college. Team and culture was fairly lively, but the work was not very challenging and the pay reflected that. The internship program was also not arranged in a way to get exposure to lots of different fields - could have been run better
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.