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A safe retirement home for ok engineers

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

I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Can't get fired. Great healthcare. Innovative products. Fairly lax culture. There is a wide breadth of technologies you can gain experience with and there are a good amount of sharing of knowledge one can learn from.

Cons

Extremely conservative. Don't expect pay raises ever. There is little difference in work put in vs. career gains out. You're mainly at the mercy of upper management in terms of your career as the company is so understaffed that you'll simply be put where they need you right now. A lot of "band-aid" engineering and quality engineering and design process is never the expectation. Mediocre engineering is the norm here as accountability is close to zero. Extreme department to department differences in where the company places value vs value provided to company. Company acts as if it's still based out of the CEO's garage with 20 employees. Terrible cross-company messaging.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Foster and hold onto talent rather than replacing with college new hires. Pay competitively. Employees work for incentives whereas Dr. T works for the love of it. Recognize the difference.

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    Great Technology BUT i was in the wrong team.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at National Instruments

    Pros

    - Great IT systems to function independently as an AE
    - R&D counterparts are rather brilliant in technical competence
    - Documentation and technical articles are well presented online that befits a cutting edge technology firm
    - Apparently, customers i communicated with are willing to work with you.

    Cons

    - Team that i was working with has zilch technical knowledge. e.g asked an engineer whether he knows what is firmware and he said no. Actually, it is fine not to know, perhaps i have higher expectations of an engineering degree holder
    - AE turnover rate was high. --> i guess that speaks for itself
    - Senior staff exude the impression that they know it all
    - A higher executive staff employed his family member as a part-timer and working in the same office. --> in my opinion that is conflict of interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Turnover is high and that should be an indicator. So, look at the front panel and do something about it to change this culture.
    - Foster a bit of community in the department and treat staff with dignity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    An excellent place to start your career. Top-notch executive leadership.

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

    I worked at National Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Loads of responsibility bestowed upon you early on
    -Comfortable company culture with lower stress level than other tech companies
    -Highly communicative, ethical, and open senior management
    -Access to lots of internal training and employee development courses
    -A company that thinks of layoffs as a last resort, rather than a first option
    -Nice perks at the Austin office like on-site Doctor, 3 cafeterias, sand volleyball courts, and serene nature-surrounded campus

    Cons

    -Financial compensation is on the low end
    -Performance bonus is based on company performance, not personal performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring the best and work even harder to keep them compensated and advanced enough to retain them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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