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National Instruments Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
674 Reviews
3.6
674 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed working environment and good work/life balance; stable employment outlook (in 97 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 69 reviews)


Cons
  • Although the work/life balance was in general, sometimes the work could take over (in 14 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, great people, great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications (ELP) Engineer in Newbury, England
    Former Employee - Applications (ELP) Engineer in Newbury, England

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All employees are genuinely approachable and friendly, there's a great company culture, and a feeling of community.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can become a little routine, but this is probably the case with any job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is generally friendly and nice, however there can sometimes be a feeling that more transparency in decision making might be good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Member in Newbury, England
    Current Employee - Team Member in Newbury, England

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a range of good benefits. The team spirit is very high and a strong culture. There is a lot of training at the beginning.

    Cons

    Recognition is not equal across all departments with some managers being more generous than others with different ideas of good performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review recognition process across whole team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Learning Curve, Exciting environment and open minded culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Equip lots of interdisciplinary knowledge with you in short time, and involved in various industries which provide you a broad horizontal views

    Cons

    slightly unorganized, hard to define the responsibility belonging, and probably need a well-developed knowledge management system to enhance the forecast growth

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Biggest mistake of my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    I can't think of a single one.

    Cons

    As an intern, I had thought that perhaps I would be given real projects to contribute to. Instead, my manager discriminated against me from day one and reserved technical projects for other interns; I was stalked by a coworker at work who followed me around like a shadow and did not let me work - my manager deliberately ignored this, HR did not believe me; false accusations were made against me, and HR believed them. At every turn I was met with negativity; not ONE person listened to any of my concerns. I was made to work long hours and even over the Christmas holidays.

    On the day I left (my internship was terminated), I felt free. Be careful when you apply for an internship at Newbury - you will be lavished with free food and made to answer phones all day. Interns are required to give "technical support (without the technical knowledge) to customers." Like a call centre, you will be made to wear a headphone with receiver all the time; even your toilet breaks are monitored.

    If you accept an internship at this place, beware - you have been warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interns are the future of a company; treat them with respect and equality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great career starter with progression paths, but not without flaws

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newbury, England

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    NI is great for graduates, it provides for a lot of training and exposure to a vast portfolio of products and technologies. There are also varied paths for progression available. The environment is great, and the people are all friendly and approachable, even in higher management.

    Cons

    Working hours regularly include unpaid overtime. A company shouldn't "promote" time away from your personal life this much. Also, in the UK at least, the company is plagued with lower than average salaries, and an out-of-touch HR department. If an employee needs to speak to someone about a concern at work, the HR team is probably the last people he or she would consider; mostly because of one particular person there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees value their personal life, and help them manage their time and workload better. Also, it is imperative that the HR team gets an overhaul - there's probably been enough complaints about this one particular person already.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Valuable Industrial Placement Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Newbury, England
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Newbury, England

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - A brilliant industrial placement year in the middle of my degree offering lots of valuable experience
    - An intership with 90+% of the responsibilities of the equivalent graduate position
    - Excellent office environment; Great ethos, very friendly atmosphere, colleagues with genuine passion for there jobs!

    Cons

    - The salary was at the lower-end of similar Engineering degree placement schemes on offer at the time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mechanical Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    A best place to work
    Work-life balance
    Flexible working time

    Cons

    No cons at this moment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Analog Intern C series

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

    I worked at National Instruments as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good engineering practices and work nice culture

    Cons

    Low pay. Need to pay more to attract talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to attract talent increase compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    staff hardware engineer

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    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great working environment, convenient work location

    Cons

    poor management stability. Low in salary :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great to gain experience and industry insight

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment and work life balance.

    Great exposure to industry applications

    Investment in sales tools is always a priority

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower side of the scale, specially in branches outside US, they ask for the best and brightest, expect performance as top notch executives but payment is dissapointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you were able to invest in the persons that work for you, must likely your business will grow faster. Shame is the least you invest the least effort people will put down to the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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