Solid company to work for
Software Developer (Current Employee) – Los Angeles – August 23, 2013
Native Instruments has a very relaxed approach to work environment, with a relatively good balance between work/life.
In terms of advancement, I see much of the managerial positions filled up by either people brought over form N.I. Germany, or by Germans hired in the US. I get a sense of distrust toward having US employees take on lead roles, a preference toward hiring German nationals whenever possible.
Compensation (in engineering) is about 80% that which I would expect from a top notch tech firm.
Also, although we can usually be done in 8 hours, the rhythm is relentless.
Like I was told in my onboarding meeting: "NI is unique in that it has become an industry leader, but it has retained its startup feel". I agree with the statement, but I would add: it has a startup feel in the intense grinding that goes on, after a year here I feel I have been working here for three. In terms of compensation though, it is not at all like a startup, it is more like an old crumbling mega capitalist enterprise with low wages, OK benefits, and no training.
Great informal environment
No vertical mobility, lower salaries, super demanding