At National Instruments, 77 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 2331 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.78. It was published on Aug 29, 2017. 17356 Visitors

What Employees Say

I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
When people change jobs or work units, they are made to feel right at home.
People care about each other here.
Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulders.

What They Do

We asked National Instruments to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

NI creates tools, including modular hardware and software, for engineers and scientists in the test and measurement and control industries. Customers use NI technology to build high-performance systems that ultimately improve the world. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Engineering
US Headquarters: Austin, Texas, 78759 US Sites: 12
Major Locations: Austin (Headquarters), Texas, 78759; Santa Clara, California, 95054; Norton, Massachusetts, 02766; Santa Rosa, California, 95401; Pullman, Washington, 98104 US Employees: 2,940
US Revenues: $454.4 million Worldwide Revenues: $1,230 million
Employees Worldwide: 7,463 Corporate Structure: Public
Stock Symbol: nati Founded: 1976

NI Volunteering Urban Roots

Perks and Programs

We asked National Instruments to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Robotics Volunteering: “When customers assess NI, they see a company obsessed with engineering—to the point where, as a hobby, NI’s employees volunteer at robotics competitions. Other scientific companies could try to make that point in an ad; NI lives it.”—Chip and Dan Heath, Made to Stick. NI employees volunteer in local classrooms focused on STEM education and for teams participating in robotics contests such as FIRST Robotics Competition. Employees enthusiastically sign up as mentors because they understand the value of preparing the next generation of engineers. Volunteering also gives them the opportunity to see the company mission in action. NI encourages all employees to join the program. During the 2016-2017 school year, NI Robotics Mentors in Austin, Texas mentored more than 2,000 local students.
  • NI Health Center: The NI Health Center is a fully staffed on-site primary care facility at NI corporate headquarters. Employees can schedule an appointment with a doctor or nurse practitioner for general health concerns, screenings, and specialist referrals. As an employer-funded center, the NI Health Center provides employees and their spouses with quality primary health care at a more cost-effective rate. The staff can serve as an employee’s primary care provider, thus alleviating the challenge of scheduling off-site appointments and helping to prevent health complications through more frequent follow-up for illness and chronic disease management. By addressing current health issues, preventing future health problems, and promoting long-term healthy lifestyles, the center plays an instrumental role in helping employees achieve work-life balance.
  • Company Picnic: Instead of hosting a traditional company picnic, NI takes over Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, treating NI employees, families, and friends to an exclusive day at the theme park. NI offers heavily discounted tickets, free parking, a catered lunch, unlimited beverages, and, best of all, short lines for the rides. This annual event gives NI employees the opportunity to connect with colleagues, family, and friends outside of the office.
  • Wellness Program: NI’s comprehensive wellness program includes a fully staffed on-site fitness center with coaching and exercise classes, a tobacco cessation program, wellness programming for both low-risk and high-risk employees, campus walking trails, volleyball courts, and corporate-wide, sponsored participation in wellness events. The company’s on-site wellness team—which includes medical, health promotion, and fitness specialists—work together to support employees in reaching their wellness goals. Employees and their spouses can take advantage of wellness programs, which focus on making lifestyle and behavioral changes to achieve overall physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • Creative Professional Development: Through robust development strategies, NI helps employees reach beyond their roles to influence their own and, ultimately, all NI stakeholders’ success. NI employee development programs are set apart by how employees can be innovative and entrepreneurial with their own professional development. NI takes a jungle gym approach to career development: employees can move in diverse directions to grow their talents, discover their passions, and position themselves where they can add the most value. Examples of this can be found in NI’s newest hires as well as senior leadership. As illustration, the Engineering Leadership Program allows new graduate hires to explore several career tracks—sales, product marketing, and research and development—before selecting the one that makes the most sense for them.
  • Engineering Leadership Program: The Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) develops the next generation of NI leaders. As NI’s entry-level role for new college graduates, the ELP provides opportunities to develop technical breadth and depth, business acumen, and leadership skills that pave the way for a successful career at NI. The ELP can last between 18–36 months, depending on an engineer’s desired skill set development and career interests. About 130 engineers participate in the program at any given time. An ELP engineer receives formal and informal mentoring and guidance, over 400 hours of classroom training, opportunities to teach and engage with NI customers through technical support and customer education classes, and the ability to step into team leader and/or team manager roles.
  • Employee Appreciation Week: NI finds meaningful ways to appreciate employees year-round – two unique examples include the annual Employee Appreciation Week and deck parties. NI devotes an entire week to thanking and caring for employees through its annual Employee Appreciation Week (EAW). At a recent EAW, employees enjoyed: “NI HOP” (House of Pancakes) at which leadership flipped and served pancakes; sessions led by experts on achieving happiness and wellness; discounted lunch in campus cafeterias; a volunteer opportunity with local nonprofit Urban Roots Farm; on-site farmers market; and “NIer to NIer” peer learning sessions. Meanwhile, throughout the year employees enjoy NI deck parties, a long-standing tradition. Several are hosted every year at headquarters and celebrations have included catered food, live music, petting zoo, photo booth, and employee tech demos.
  • Campus: NI’s Austin headquarters features sky blue buildings surrounded by a richly landscaped campus of native trees and flowers, walking trails, winding paths, and a large deck for deck parties. The campus has two cafeterias with menus that include health-conscious options. One building contains an on-site health center and a staffed fitness center with weekly classes. In 2016, NI launched “Project “Nigel’s Nest” – named after NI mascot, Nigel the Eagle—to make enhancements to campus, including: Upgrading the courtyard to include expanded seating, speakers for presentations and music, outdoor games like bocce ball and washers, a new grill, and a space for food trucks; Colorful, modern and well-equipped collaboration zones for one-on-one meetings, team huddles, and project working sessions; and high-quality engineering labs.
  • Work-Life Balance Through Personalized Flexibility: NI trusts that its employees will meet the high bar set for them professionally when given the freedom to accommodate their personal lives. Through part-time and flexible scheduling, employees work with managers to determine the employee’s schedule in consideration of personal priorities, such as picking up kids from school or reducing work hours in the event of a personal situation. Flexibility can vary depending on the employee’s schedule and needs of the particular department. NI also welcomes an employee’s personal life, and the people they care about, into the workplace through family friendly events (the annual Bring Your Kid to Work Day event includes 500+ children of employees) and physical accommodation (cafeteria high chairs, lactation rooms, and parking permits available for expectant mothers).
  • Departmental Conferences: NI hosts various departmental conferences with worldwide training and development opportunities dedicated to the group’s functional needs. Examples of these include the annual sales conference; NITech (research and development conference); AE conference; finance conference; the Global Communications, Employee Programs, and Community Relations Summit; IT NERD conference; MIX (marketing conference); and the HR Summit. Through these internal conferences, employees network with colleagues around the world, present their specialty areas, and learn about trending issues and technologies related to their department.


50% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 8% of salary93% Company-paid health coverage for employees
90% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 93% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $5,335 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$7,500 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • Restricted stock units
NI Cycling Team


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
10 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 10 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment
25 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 25 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Telecommute option (3% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (90% have access)
  • Medical facilities (only at headquarters)
  • Onsite Amenities (On-site subsidized cafeterias and food trucks; on-site health center and fitness center with fitness classes; newly renovated and landscaped courtyard with barbecue pit, bocce ball, volleyball court, and basketball court; free assorted coffees and teas; on-site package/mailing service; massage therapy; walking trails; covered parking; on-site notaries)


90 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
90 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take90 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$4,000 Adoption benefit90 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$353,139 Total company-matched employee donations in last year The NI Green Team is led by a group of active employees. Leads environmental impact team
Self-Conducted Environmental impact audit


  • Recruiting Manager, University Recruiting, who is also the EEO Coordinator is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

NI Deck Party


NI Corporate Headquarters

How to Get Hired

We asked National Instruments for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

NI hires not only for aptitude, but for the ability to take initiative and work collaboratively—fundamental components of the company’s open, innovative environment. NI employees must be strategic problem solvers and entrepreneurial self-starters. NI wants people who hold their work to high standards, can take on multiple projects, and are detail oriented and methodical. The company aims to align people to their talents and help them to be the best they can be. Additionally, NI hires for culture fit. NI is a values-driven company, as opposed to a rules-driven one. The company looks for candidates who share the values of commitment to uncompromising honesty, integrity, commitment to innovation, constant respect for other employees, and dedication to NI customers. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective employees must be true to themselves, curious, enthusiastic about learning, passionate about their talents, and confident in their ability to make a difference in a place that will nurture those talents. Prospective employees can gain the attention of the interviewer by highlighting their best qualities through their experience. NI can evaluate their capacity for leadership by previous involvement in work or volunteering, and the confidence with which they provide their answers. Prospective employees also need to demonstrate that they have the same commitment to their goals as NI does. Personal projects illustrate the prospective employee’s motivation and desire to succeed in the field.  Finally, NI’s employees, products, and customers work toward tackling the great engineering challenges of our time, thereby improving the world. Candidates who share in this passion for the impact and importance of engineering get noticed. 

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

NI is always looking to hire the best and the brightest in all capacities, and across all departments. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Interested candidates can look for available positions on Candidates may also go there to follow the link under “Why Work at NI?” to read about NI’s benefits, development opportunities, people and culture, and community involvement both locally and globally. Another viable source is LinkedIn,, and other popular social employment sites.  Finally, they can email to connect with us or ask questions

hiring Outlook

100 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year -3% Job Growth
53 Average applicants per opening 10,902 Total job applicants
2% New hires by employee referrals 20% Openings filled by current employees
100 Recent graduates hired 6% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
10% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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