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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 (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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Valuable Industrial Placement Experience

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Newbury, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Newbury, England (UK)

    I worked at National Instruments full-time (more than an 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
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    Team of smart young engineers, really fun environment, but stressful when the time calls for it

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    - Alot to learn and offer to young graduates in terms of technical knowledge
    - Great team, closely knitted family

    Cons

    - Occasional politics friction betweem tech team and sales team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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