National Instruments among Fortune top employers for third consecutive year

Austin, Tex. — For the third year running, National Instruments (NI) is among the 100 best companies to work for according to Fortune magazine, which releases its fifth annual list of top employers in its Feb. 4, 2002 issue.


Austin, Tex. - For the third year running, National Instruments (NI) is among the 100 best companies to work for according to Fortune magazine, which releases its fifth annual list of top employers in its Feb. 4, 2002 issue.

Making the Best 100 list carries special meaning following a challenging 2001 marked not only by an economic slowdown that affected all phases of American life, but also devastating terrorist attacks, said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO, and co-founder of the global software and hardware company.

'While it is relatively easy to build a well-regarded working environment when times are good, the commitment you have to your employees is truly tested during difficult times,' said Dr. Truchard. 'For us, we met the challenges of 2001 by staying focused on the success of our employees and customers. I am honored that our employees have once again recognized NI as a top employer.'

Dr. Truchard, who has a 100-year plan for growing NI, said his employees remain optimistic as they continue to concentrate on innovating new technologies and delivering customer success. By working together toward long-term growth and guiding NI through a tough business climate, employees are building a strong foundation for future career opportunities, said Mark Finger, NI vp of Human Resources.

'Our employees continue to deliver results during one of the most challenging times in our 25-year history,' Mr. Finger said. 'While other companies find themselves making drastic decisions that impact their employees, we are proud of our growth and commitment to making long-lasting investments in NI, its employees, and customers.'

Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz, who have tracked the best companies since 1981, compiled the list of best employers for Fortune. Much of their decision was based on an independent survey that measured the quality of workplace culture. This year randomly selected employees from 279 candidate companies completed the surveys.

NI leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Engineers and scientists can apply NI software and hardware to thousands of different uses that improve everyday life, from efficiently measuring the performance of car brakes or cell phones to measuring the impact of glaciers on the environment.

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