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National Instruments Reviews

Updated 14 August 2014
Updated 14 August 2014
605 Reviews

3.7
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective (in 13 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You will work with talented individuals (bring your "A" game).
    The products the company produces are very interesting and make a difference.
    Very good culture and the employees are treated with respect.
    The pay and benefits are on par with the rest of Austin in my experience.
    They do a pretty good job of hiring good managers and promoting from within.

    Cons

    It's an Engineering company, if your not an Engineer, you long-term opportunities will be limited.
    Work-life balance can be tough depending on what area you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for making this a great place to work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great employees but stingy compensation

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I Intern  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer I Intern in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    The company really has fostered a great culture -- it's actually fun to come to work. Internal classes also allow you to develop some skills.

    Cons

    Large product base to navigate. There doesn't seem to be as much ability to pursue new and unique ideas as they would like you to believe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The work/life balance really is great, but show your employees you value them and pay competitive wages!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Flexible place to work, however they haven't figured out how to pay properly.

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    Current Employee - Hardware Technician  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Hardware Technician in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is good. Product development keeps you engaged. Office culture is relaxed and fun. Deck parties are a good boost for morale.

    Cons

    Pay and increases are not competitive to the market around town. There is a lot of frustration around the company about this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider truthfully looking at the value of your employees and what they are really bringing to the table.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    The projects are very interesting and enjoyable to work on. The benefits are good, and the opportunities to learn new things when you start are many. I get to wear shorts everyday and occasionally drink beer at work functions. Talk about nice culture. There are decent opportunities for career growth. The CEO, CFO, and other executives are pretty great. They've been able to weather two recessions now without any layoffs.

    Cons

    It seems like the company is currently going through some growing pains. I'm sure they will eventually work through it, but the company isn't really growing. Salary quickly falls behind the industry average after a few years of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Might need to try new strategies if the company hasn't been growing, rather than waiting to weather the storm or trying to squeeze every little thing for more profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start career

    Current Employee - Writer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Writer in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    There is challenging, interesting work available with supportive management, co-workers, and training opportunities. The work culture and environment are positive.

    Cons

    Some do not consider the salaries to be comparable to similar opportunities available at other companies, including the offered benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on more than just the entry-level careers and positions.

  7.  

    Very friendly place to work, not the best at salary and growth

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    Current Employee - Staff Technical Writer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Technical Writer in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    The people are friendly, smart, and motivated. The campus is lovely, the company really has a mission.

    Cons

    Pay is low, advancement opportunities are stifled by thick wall of 10-20 year experience employees, vacation is pathetic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better vacation, better telecommuting, better accountability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun and exciting place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern I  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern I in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    Casual dress code with food and events going on all the time. Large opportunity to grow in rank quickly. Management is easy to communicate with.

    Cons

    Austin is hot and the roads around town and weather are not an ideal environment. Housing prices are increasing rapidly as well. The company's great, but the area's not the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications (ELP) Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Applications (ELP) Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    Pros

    Amazing office culture and plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Anarchy in Top management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company overall but little respect for manufacturing and company culture not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    Offers stable employment compared to other tech companies in the area
    Original founder is still CEO and has good core values
    R&D engineers highly regarded
    Profit sharing and ESPP

    Cons

    Tends to be lower paying for tech jobs in the area
    Still experiencing growing pains with confusion amongst roles
    Manufacturing jobs continue to get outsourced at a much higher pace than any other part of the company
    Culture has faded away over the years due to cost cutting, market and investor pressures

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Staff Programmer Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Programmer Analyst in Austin, TX (US)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, good benefits, great challenges

    Cons

    Mediocre pay, not feeling like contributing to the company (working in eCommerce)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's little to none management can do when the whole department gets 3% raise only

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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