National Instruments Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
608 Reviews

3.7
608 Reviews
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National Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO James J. Truchard
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478 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are friendly and you are encouraged to maintain a good work life balance (in 83 reviews)

  • The people are generally brilliant and the work environment is healthy (in 51 reviews)


Cons
  • below average compensation, below average work-life balance for managers, leadership lack perspective (in 13 reviews)

  • Organizational structure and consensus culture are huge roadblocks in the decision making process (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments full-time

    Pros

    It's an absolute delight working here. You learn a lot everyday!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome first job

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    Current Employee - Applications (ELP) Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Applications (ELP) Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Amazing office culture and plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Anarchy in Top management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Skeptical of Their Intentions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Good culture.
    Good colleagues.
    Flat Hierarchy.
    Seems to lend an ear to issues, but really need to follow up with tangible actions.

    Cons

    Compensations and Benefits are completely off the market standards. Whats worse is that the management seems to be blind to it.
    Too much emphasis on culture. I think they fail to realize that almost all American companies provide similar culture. Reducing salary by almost 40% less than market standards in the pretext that "Hey the culture is superb". Its ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to pay the smart folks better if you want them to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very good place to kick start your career as a fresher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Instruments

    Pros

    NI is a very big name in the T&M industry. In NI there are a lot of things that you learn as a professional as well as a person. You will be shouldering a lot of responsibilities and initiatives are always welcomed. You will be learning a lot of things that ll help you long term.

    Cons

    The initial salary is competitive but considering the current economic situation, hikes may not be really attractive. There will be a lot of work pressure but that can be easily tackled if you're passionate about what you do.
    Team outings and other NWR events are on the lower side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More team outings, company outings and more recreational activities in campus would greatly boost employee's morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    One of the best places to work

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

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    National Instruments(Bangalore Instrument's)

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please be ethical, treat your employees well , don't do all these non sense above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Great freedom to work, your time, your way

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to clear the aim, where are we heading?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage Dedicated senior technical staff in identifying business problems and continue to get work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart place. Open culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bangalore
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    NI India Sales Organization- Terrible employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    None- You cant advise those who have no capacity to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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