86. National Instruments (NATI)
What makes it so great?
The laid-back culture is a huge plus, say staffers at the virtual instruments company. ìOur CEO drives his pickup truck to work, sits in a cubicle smaller than mine, and has lunch with random employees,î says one.

Headquarters: Austin
Top 3 (of 8) U.S. locations: Austin , Cleveland, Middleboro
2005 revenue ($ millions): 572
Website: www.ni.com
U.S. employees 2,294
Employees outside U.S. 1,735
New jobs (1 year) 131
% job growth (1 year) 6
% voluntary turnover 9
Applicants N.A.
Most common job (salaried):
Engineer 2 Staff
$69,866
Most common job (hourly):
Administrative Specialist 2
$33,111
Job sharing program? No
Professional training (hrs./yr.) 50
Paid sabbaticals? No
100% health care coverage No
% minorities 24%
% women 29%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Yes
From the January 22, 2007 issue
Notes:
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2005 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of salaried and hourly employees.