Work Life Balance vs. Pay/Position

Cenergistic whiskyNigh
Aug 12, 2017 16 Comments

Oh, what an age old discussion. I am a recent college grad, and I accepted a position in a well known and recognized leadership program within National Instruments. I love my coworkers, my job, projects, hours (40-45 max), commute time, city (Austin rules), etc...

I don't like that I make 68K/yr with no hope of excelling above 80-85K in the next 5-10 years. Benefits are amazing... on sight gym and full service physicians office reserved for staff, company owned health care, deck parties, 6% match, RSU@ 25% per Q, etc etc. they sell you on a low salary due to the "NI way." It's great, but is it worth such low pay?

Anyone have similar experiences from the past and care to share the outcomes?

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  • McMaster-Carr / Eng myself1
    I'm only at 100k right now as an Embedded Software Developer with 12 years of industry experience so 68k is decent right out of college. Employers definitely try to find the line between acceptable/not acceptable pay so probably best to challenge the salary at your next review but back it up with facts (eg. Similar positions with higher salary)
    Aug 12, 2017 7
    • McMaster-Carr / Eng myself1
      If you dont have many financial obligations I would recommend to start working on your personal projects asap. Most adventures will not be successful hits but you just need to have one successful adventure to make it. A higher paying position may take time away from your personal projects.
      Aug 12, 2017
    • McMaster-Carr / Eng myself1
      Also, once you start to accumulate financial obligations it will be much more difficult to work for yourself as your financial situation would be less stable.
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Cenergistic whiskyNigh
      OP
      Young is better for sure. My brother in law started a real estate firm when he was 26. 8 years later, worth 20M. Closed on 600 properties last year 😵
      Aug 12, 2017
    • McMaster-Carr / Eng myself1
      Wow! That sounds awesome!
      Aug 12, 2017
    • McMaster-Carr / Eng myself1
      Older is ok too so long as you don't accumulate many financial obligations.
      Aug 12, 2017
  • Salary is not just about a paycheck. The benefits and environment sound great. Remember, the higher the salary the greater the tax obligation. Anything that keeps the IRS out of your pocket is a great thing.
    Aug 12, 2017 2
    • McMaster-Carr / Eng myself1
      In addition to this, you need to consider the cost of having a higher paying job that eats up your weekend time. On-call type jobs suck
      Aug 12, 2017
    • Cenergistic whiskyNigh
      OP
      This is true. The environment is amazing.

      Although, I do come from a long line of talented CPAs. And man are they good at what they do!! ;)
      Aug 12, 2017
  • New / Mgmt RUhs63
    I was underpaid for a long time but had decent benefits such as good work/life balance, travel around the world, plenty of vacation. It allowed me to build experience, get a much better gig later and now I make about twice as much. It all depends on what's important to you. If you are just out of college it may not be a bad idea to do this for a couple of years. But keep your eyes open for other opportunities.
    Aug 12, 2017 2
    • Cenergistic whiskyNigh
      OP
      Where were you happier?

      A lot of companies recruit people out of this program for much higher salaries. But a lot of people say they miss working at NI when they leave.
      Aug 12, 2017
    • New / Mgmt RUhs63
      Happier now, but the other place went downhill after a while - bad managers mostly. Don't get me wrong, being underpaid and knowing it can grow resentment over time - but if you factor in all the other stuff plus the fact you get experience it may be worth it.
      Aug 12, 2017
  • Pandora dipthong
    Seems like you're in the perfect opportunity to noodle on your own thing, test out ideas, and develop your own app/company/service etc. make the most of this time and build something of your own.
    Aug 12, 2017 0
  • National Instruments SkVI17
    What is the RSU @25% per Q? You get 25% of your salary in RSU each quarter?
    Sep 1, 2017 0

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