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National Instruments Reviews

Updated 1 March 2015
Updated 1 March 2015
691 Reviews
3.6
691 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively relaxed working style, nice managers and colleagues. Great work life balance. Good benefits, pretty city (Austin). You'll like to work here if you enjoy working in a midsized fast-growing city with lots of young Mavericks, and if you're okay with the typical mid-class salary.

    Cons

    Lower than average compensation, especially for software developers. It's enough for a mid class life but their employees are worth more. Personal development is restricted,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve compensation to attract more talents. Give employees a clear vision of the future of the company, and the success of employees themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Technical Writing Intern

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    Former Intern - Technical Writing Intern in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Intern - Technical Writing Intern in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    -Company atmosphere
    -Opportunity to work on interesting projects
    -Ability to get certified in LabVIEW
    -Great managers

    Cons

    -Pay
    -Lack of variation in work if not proactive enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow technical writing interns to utilize ability to work remotely from various location on the NI campus. Extended length of time spent at desk reduce productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer intern

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The environment at NI was exceptional. Everyone was excited to be working there and they were full of new ideas and explorations they wanted to discuss and share with everyone. In essence everyone was constantly learning not just in their own fields but also about one another's.

    Cons

    Commute from where I lived was a bit long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, smart colleagues and great work culture

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

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart colleagues, great work culture, work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay is not very great

    Recommends

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