National Instruments
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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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96% Approve of the CEO

National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard

James J. Truchard

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/life balance, though honestly that depends on which group you're in"
    in 68 reviews
  • "flexible work schedule, casual work environment, job security"
    in 49 reviews
Cons:
  • "below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Sometimes the decision making process is too slow and seemed too conservative"
    in 14 reviews
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One of the best places to work

Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsI love the company I work for.
It's consistently being voted as one of the best places to work for, from the past 14 years so that should tell that this really is a great place to work. Compensation is decent. I'm happy about my role and responsibilities.
I'm able to maintain a great work life balance because of -
1. Work hours are fairly flexible.
2. Work pressure is not too high.
3. The people I work with are very nice.
4. The campus is in the middle of the city so I don't spend a lot of time commuting.

ConsI don't know about other teams but I can speak for myself.
I guess the work can afford to be a bit more challenging.
We can also do with some more leadership in the technical ladder.

Advice to Senior ManagementI'm sure you are constantly introspecting and evolving. As long as you continue to do that, we're good!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Experience, great freedom to work, your time, your way

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at National Instruments full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat freedom to work, your time, your way

ConsLess career growth chances. Slightly less pay, will pinch you.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to clear the aim, where are we heading?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsLess work though mostly NI propietry work beyond that I could not say any positive on this.

ConsI was working in Bangalore R&D office.They electronically bugged my house..Entered in to my private space through survilance..Caused lot of problem's. Getting out of that company was became very difficult. Managers are not good. My personal and professional life was affected by all these.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be ethical, treat your employees well , don't do all these non sense above.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company to work for

Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

Pros- Great work culture. An individual can perform to his/her full potential
- Highly talented and Considerate co-workers

ConsWork doesn't come your way automatically. Each of us need to

Advice to Senior ManagementEngage Dedicated senior technical staff in identifying business problems and continue to get work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Smart place. Open culture.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsFreedom, Autonomous.
Lots of learning (depends on team).
Work with smart people.

ConsVery conservative Austin management.
Bad Office facilities.
Not very good Local Management.
Salary.
Attrition.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo Austin :
Take bold steps. Being conservative hampering our growth rate severely. NI have got lot of talent, it is better to use them wisely.

To local management:
Think globally. Stop being cheap. Better work facilities. Encourage managers to come out of traditional project management and help them to own products.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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NI India Sales Organization- Terrible employer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsOnly one- You meet smart people at the junior levels. Of course, they leave because the smart ones never get ahead in this company.

Cons1) Leadership- MD and his team of cronies are perhaps the worst brand ambassadors of NI India. Specifically, the Operations Manager (also 'office manager'), Marketing Manager, Area Sales Manager
2) Unethical practices- Selling to defense and other entities under the hood of 'alliance members'- Wonder if NI Austin even knows about it. If they do, and havent taken action, they're just as liable

Advice to Senior ManagementNone- You cant advise those who have no capacity to change

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The experience was unmatched. Great both in terms of practical experience and knowledge

Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsGreat work culture and real supportive environment .

Consone have very limited opportunities in terms of getting a job at NI.

Advice to Senior ManagementNever interacted much so have nothing to advice

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great experience, got to know the intricacies of instrumentation industry

Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore

I have been working at National Instruments as an intern for less than a year

ProsRelaxed working hours and good compensation. Being in applications engineering field, you get to know about business perspectives of technical industry too

ConsEntry level job (not the intern though) has some customer support responsibility which may not seem appealing

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Not a good place for Technical Writers- career will be strained!

Technical Writer (Former Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsWork culture, office location, learning opportunities

ConsTechnical writing team, micromanagement, biased dominating manager for technical writing team, no hikes and proper ratings

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should not lose good employees for the sake of a lady manager. Technical writers, please think twice before you join this team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good company to work for, if you show initiative and are ready to put in the hours.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bangalore

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

ProsHard work and getting results are recognized globally.
Flexible timings
No micro management
Open culture.

ConsIn no particular order:
Extremely uneven distribution of work load.
Mediocre pay and almost no benefits.(Specific to R&D Bangalore).
No cafeteria. Pathetic food on campus (Specific to R&D Bangalore).
Constantly changing strategies.
Management pretends to be lending an ear to your problems, but they hardly ever try to resolve them. (Specific to R&D Bangalore).

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow a spine.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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