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Okay as a new grad, but be prepared to move on
Digital Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXSeptember 10, 2018
National Instruments is a reasonably good choice for a career start as a new graduate, but you will soon find that compensation is far from competitive and that growth opportunities are lmited.
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Work/Life Balance
Cons
Low pay, little room for growth, unstructured support and mentorship system
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Run away
Senior Technician (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 30, 2018
NI is slowly moving jobs overseas, don't walk, run! Management is cryptic and will string you along. Good entry level experience for finding the next job.
Pros
Work/Life balance
Cons
Low pay
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2.0
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Salary is low - No carrer growth.
Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 19, 2018
The company is not growing as it used, little or no career growth.

Salary is bad and they have been saying it will be fixed for 3 years now but no change. I like the company work life balance but is not enough. Already looking to move.
Cons
Salary
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4.0
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I loved Working Here
Web Events Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXAugust 8, 2018
This was the BEST place for my first job. I learned so much and was exposed to tons of different learning experiences. Pay was not great but I was promoted soon after.
Pros
Great environment, tons to learn
Cons
Pay is low, but gets better as you move up
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3.0
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Changing Culture
Senior Communications Specialist (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXAugust 6, 2018
NI is still a company run by engineers so if you're in a non-technical role there could be some challenges. There also isn't a lot of diversity with NI struggling to hire women and a lack of females in leadership roles. The culture is very important, and if you fit in, you're golden. However, you will know pretty quickly if you're not a good culture fit.
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3.0
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Fun and exciting
Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 26, 2018
Don't like reviews why I don't work there, I really got along with the other departments if I could I would go back, but all in all great company to work at.
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4.0
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Excellent place to start a career
Inside Sales Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 23, 2018
Pros:
- Significant training provided and environment to learn/grow
- Potential to wear many hats and move around the company
- Open door policy, easy to get/provide feedback
- Casual dress code, somewhat relaxed environment/managers
- Excellent people to work with
- Job security

Cons:
- Managers definitely have favoritism. Some are excellent managers (Sales), others are awful (AE) and only got the job due to favoritism
- No work from home policy. Unfortunate when some positions can be entirely done from a laptop
- Low compensation compared to similar companies
- Stingy with raises. They are barely higher than the necessary cost of living increases necessary for Austin's growth. Now common for new hires to make the same if not more then employees who have been there for 2-5+ years
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Been there a long time but its time to move on.
NA (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 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.
Pros
work/life balance
Cons
don't count on raises keeping up with industry or inflation
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4.0
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High energy and fun workplace with boring work
Applications Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 10, 2018
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.
Pros
Fun environment
Cons
Work is not challenging, glorified call center
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Good Work Life Balance but very poor compensation
eCommerce Product Marketing Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 27, 2018
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.
Pros
Good Work Life Balance
Cons
Poor Compensation, Poor Management
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Company more interested in bottom line than its people
Data Analyst (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 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.
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4.0
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good culture, good people
Marketing (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 15, 2018
Great place to work, good culture, people are really nice. Good work life balance. Open, transparent communications from Leadership. Truly a great place to work.
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4.0
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Great people, strong culture, laid back
SR. Machine Operator/Programmer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJune 12, 2018
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.
Pros
Great benefits, solid co-workers. Great place to work for.
Cons
Job will stagnate. Slow in advancement and will have to work multitasks if person left the company.
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Industrial Trainee
Industrial Trainee (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 31, 2018
It is a great company. I have been taught about various testers in the company and been trained for 36 hours long on the NI STS T-bench and tested ADC parametric and functional tests.
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5.0
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Great place to work for professional engineers.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISSTANT (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 29, 2018
NI is a great place to work for engineers. There is plenty of opportunity for advancement for engineers. Support staff have less opportunity to advance at NI.
Pros
Engineering
Cons
Lack of advancement for administrative assistant staff.
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5.0
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Challenging Environment
Cost Accountant (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDMay 21, 2018
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.
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5.0
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Unlimited Possibilities
HR Business Partner (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMay 17, 2018
National Instruments provides its employees opportunities for career growth and advancement. I also was able to work with smart and insightful fellow employees. .
Pros
Career Growth and Advancement
Cons
Little to No Work/Life Balance when Critical Projects are Due
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4.0
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Innovative, fast-pace, empowering place to work
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 13, 2018
Pushes the limits and expects high-quality work.NI is built with diverse, smart, trustworthy people. Helps customers build and test amazing products that has a positive effect on us.
Pros
Collaborative
Cons
Political
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3.0
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Software engineers are underpaid.
Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Austin, TXApril 9, 2018
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.
Pros
Work-life balance is phenomenal
Cons
Poor career advancement and abysmal compensation.
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Awesome people, some big-company bureaucracy
Applications Engineer (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 26, 2018
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.
Pros
benefits, culture
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