LinkedIn's Weiner Tops List of Best CEOs as Zuckerberg Falls

 
 
By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-03-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unlike the less-than-savory bosses that a trio of maligned employees exact revenge on in the smash comedy "Horrible Bosses," a fair-minded, agreeable and encouraging boss does not often make entertaining cinema. But who wouldn't want the opportunity to work for someone who appreciates your talents, rewards exemplary performance and guides workplace culture to a perfect oasis known as Work Hard/Play Hard? Two reports from Glassdoor on the highest-rated CEOs aim to give people just that opportunity, using actual employees of the biggest names in tech (or anywhere else, for that matter) to guide potential employees to their perfect company. Both reports used CEO approval ratings gathered from Glassdoor-approved company reviews collected between Feb. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, and are based on reviews from U.S.-based employees. To be considered, at a minimum, CEOs at U.S.-headquartered large companies had to receive at least 100 approved reviews and CEOs at U.S.-headquartered small and midsize companies had to receive at least 30 approved reviews during this time frame. On Glassdoor's 2014 list of the Highest Rated CEOs at large companies, the top CEOs represent diverse industries, including tech, auto manufacturing, public relations and retail. The top-rated CEO on Glassdoor's 2013 report, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, dropped to No. 10 on the 2014 report with a 93 percent approval rating, down 6 percentage points.

 
 
 
  • LinkedIn's Weiner Tops List of Best CEOs as Zuckerberg Falls

    By Nathan Eddy
    LinkedIn's Weiner Tops List of Best CEOs as Zuckerberg Falls
  • LinkedIn CEO Takes Top Spot With 100 Percent Approval

    The company operates an online professional network designed to help members find jobs, connect with other professionals and locate business opportunities. The site has grown to reach more than 259 million users in some 200 countries since its launch in 2003. Glassdoor reviews of CEO Jeff Weiner call him "inspirational" and thank him for fostering a workplace culture where it's hard to find any downsides.
    LinkedIn CEO Takes Top Spot With 100 Percent Approval
  • Qualcomm Rounds Out Big Firms' Top 5

    Former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs (Steve Mollenkopf took the reins from him earlier this month as Jacobs was named executive chairman of the board) had a 95 percent approval rating, even though just 86 percent of employees said they would recommend a friend to work at the company. Jacobs spearheaded the company's largest acquisition, the $3.1 billion purchase of chipmaker Atheros. The deal helped expand Qualcomm's business far beyond smartphones and accelerated the adoption of Qualcomm's technologies and platforms in new segments.
    Qualcomm Rounds Out Big Firms' Top 5
  • Facebook Chief's Approval Falls Considerably

    The top-rated CEO on Glassdoor's 2013 report, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, dropped to No. 10 on the 2014 report with a 93 percent approval rating, down 6 percentage points. A former software development engineer for the company, who was based in Seattle, had this to say: "At a companywide level, secret projects, public incidents, important non-public business metrics and the like are all openly discussed. You can ask questions about them directly to Zuckerberg at the weekly Q&A."
    Facebook Chief's Approval Falls Considerably
  • Intuit's Brad Smith Lands in Seventh Place

    The CEO of Intuit, a software company that develops financial and tax preparation software and related services for small businesses, accountants and individuals, landed in seventh place with a 94 percent approval rating. Many reviewers cited the company's strong emphasis on active management and strong leadership, as well as recent organization improvements.
    Intuit's Brad Smith Lands in Seventh Place
  • Google Exec Falls Just Outside the Top 10

    The world's most ubiquitous tech company is led by Larry Page, who scored a 93 percent approval rating, good enough for 11th place on the list. While management was commended for efforts to improve employee health and wellness—as well as for the substantial perks offered—many lament the lack of work/life balance at the company.
    Google Exec Falls Just Outside the Top 10
  • Intacct's Robert Reid Tops the Small Business Rankings

    The CEO of the cloud-based financial management software company had an impressive 100 percent approval rating, although one reviewer's recommendation to senior management was to cut back on superfluous meetings. Several employees pointed out a workplace culture that seems like a big family as opposed to a collection of individual, unrelated workers.
    Intacct's Robert Reid Tops the Small Business Rankings
  • Applied Predictive Technologies' Anthony Bruce Also Scores High

    The CEO of this specialist in big data predictive analytics also scored a perfect 100 percent, landing in second place on Glassdoor's top 25 CEOs of small businesses. A former engagement manager in Washington, D.C., noted management is very invested in the success of each employee and listens to concerns. A current engagement manager in San Francisco playfully observed that the company is still so small he feels comfortable joking around with Bruce.
    Applied Predictive Technologies' Anthony Bruce Also Scores High
  • Paylocity's Steve Beauchamp Gets a Perfect Rating, Too

    CEO Beauchamp, who joined Paylocity in 2007, got a perfect rating from employees and former employees participating in Glassdoor's survey. A current implementation manager in Chicago said the management team is excellent, and they "treat the employees like human beings." A custom report programmer in Arlington Heights, Ill., positively noted upper management's "unrelenting" pursuit of improvement.
    Paylocity's Steve Beauchamp Gets a Perfect Rating, Too
  • Bill Davison, CEO of SirsiDynix, Gets 100 Percent

    Davison, who leads this provider of software solutions and associated services for libraries, is the fourth top-rated CEO on Glassdoor's small business list to score a 100 percent approval rating. Davison had previously held the position of COO and CMO of SirsiDynix. One current employee wrote, "The leadership at SirsiDynix takes the time to know the employees. Not just HR, but the CFO and other company leaders walk around and check in. They take the time to learn about our families and career goals."
    Bill Davison, CEO of SirsiDynix, Gets 100 Percent
  • 2U CEO Rounds Out the Top 5 Small Biz CEOs

    The co-founder and CEO of 2U, Chip Paucek, scored a 97 percent approval rating. The company partners with top-tier universities to deliver selective graduate degree and undergraduate for-credit programs online. Top leadership was referred to by one admissions counselor as "amazing," while another lauded the amount of transparency from upper management. "Stick with the transparency that has been a hallmark of company culture," the employee said.
    2U CEO Rounds Out the Top 5 Small Biz CEOs
 
 
 
 
 
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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