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Updated 14 April 2015
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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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. Helpful (2)

    Good way to start out of college

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good environment and space. Managers and team are cool. Never had to work overtime or too much.

    Cons

    Pay is average by industry standards, nothing too great. Managers and technical leads are often at odds. Bonuses often awarded to management at the expense of technical talent, while we're told company didn't do too well this year, so here's your pittance.

    Advice to Management

    Give more power to people who actually know their stuff. Money should go to technical individuals before managers.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Smart bunch of people. Management sucks

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I worked at National Instruments full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    People are smart and friendly
    Used to pay well but not much in terms of rewards, bonuses etc

    Cons

    Management doesnt have clear goals.
    Some of the managers are downright horrible. They micromanage people.
    Not a lot of opportunity to grow.
    Not much in terms of salary hike, bonus etc

  3. Helpful (2)

    College ragging and bullying environment at Bangalore Sales office!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Representative in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Representative in Bangalore

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing great to be mentioned.

    Cons

    Office environment very bad!! Very unprofessional behavior by the employees who have been there for 1 or 2 years or more.
    They just mock and bully around and harass the new employees. They find ways to make fun. Its frustrating and forces you to quit the job.
    Very bad treatment to the employees who are new to the company. No peace of mind at the office.

    Advice to Management

    Being sarcastic and bossy is NOT equal to being cool! Grow up people! Don't behave like college going kids!

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  5. Best company to work for. Freshers gets a lot of oppurtunity, well paid. Good work culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation for freshers
    Good learning experience
    Work/Life Balance is good

    Cons

    Hikes are less
    No good food in bangalore campus.
    Less extra curriculam

    Advice to Management

    Management is friendly, continue the good work.
    It takes too long for some of the decisions, please hasten up

  6. Good place to work for if you are in to sales....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Field Sales Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work for if you are in to sales....
    Much lesser head count...n hence the management has a better visibility knows each and every employee

    Cons

    Cannot expect a career growth if you r not interested in sales or marketing

    Advice to Management

    try to provide career growth paths for the employee interested in pursuing a technical domain

  7. Helpful (2)

    India office is full of politics

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good talent, product company, core values

    Cons

    Office politics
    Long term growth path is less

  8. Fantastic place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Bangalore
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work culture - absolutely brilliant. Your colleagues are brilliant, helpful and fun! You can come and go as you like as long as you finish your work. Work-life balance is fantastic.

    Cons

    Promotions may be a little hard. No real training, you must learn as you go along. Pay for interns is not as high as other internships. Apart from this, no real cons from my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps the pay scale for interns can be higher.

  9. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Intern in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Considering my period of stay there, NI has been the best company to showcase ur talent. U will be judged based on ur performance

    Cons

    Nothing seems to be cons here

    Advice to Management

    All is perfect till now

  10. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Lots of learning opportunity. The work here actually includes research.
    2. Excellent work life balance. Maybe the best in the industry.
    3. Extremely friendly environment. Everyone is approachable. You talk to ur managers as if they are ur childhood friends.
    4. Excellent Culture and values.
    5. Company is very stable. They have very limited market but they are leaders in their domain. They don't have to look for their competitors.

    Cons

    1. They don't differentiate between a developer and a tester. So if you are unlucky you could be put to testing team.
    2. Company doesn't want to spend much on its employees. They haven't increased their joining level salary for years now. So, they cannot afford to hire people from premium institutes anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being such miser towards your employees. Other than that you are doing a great job. Look for the areas where you can grow.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great Work culture, but immature management (Very specific to NI India)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time (more than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom at work and opportunities to innovate and learn. Great responsibilities are showered

    Cons

    Management is not effective and is too egocentric. Does not evaluate on the basis of work but on the compliance of the employee with respect to the upper management. No methods to screen the performance. No rewards for performance. Its too centric towards the Managing director and doesnot function like a company but like a family business.

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