Mark Zuckerberg is doing something right. The Facebook chief earned a 99 percent approval rating from his social network employees, topping Glassdoor’s annual list of the 50 highest rated CEOs.
Glassdoor surveyed hundreds of thousands of employees across various industries, and based on their feedback over the past 12 months, ranked the most impressive bosses, one of which happens to be hoodie-wearing billionaire Zuck.
Despite a class-action lawsuit, privacy settings confusion, and concerns over the new Graph Search option, Facebook workers have apparently been pleased with their fearless leader, boosting him 14 points from last year’s list.
Facebook is “an open community from Zuck on down,” one anonymous Menlo Park employee said in a statement on Glassdoor. “Mututal trust companywide and sense of community and drive, instilled by our CEO, who we truly respect.”
Facebook said in a statement that it recognizes the importance of employee endorsements, stressing that “support from the people closest to you is usually the most gratifying, so high employee sentiment is a particularly meaningful compliment.”
Zuckerberg isn’t the only tech company head adored by his employees; 18 of the top 50 listed CEOs are at the helm of technology-based organizations, including SAP’s Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe, who rose seven points from 2012 to tie with Zuck for first place.
Meanwhile, Google’s Larry Page earned a 95 percent rating, just missing the top 10 for the second year in a row. Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, climbed 13 points — the second-highest jump after Zuck — to reach a 93 percent approval, same as Apple’s Tim Cook, who dropped four points.
Oracle’s Larry Ellison remained unchanged at 82 percent, just above Michael Dell in 49th place with an 81 percent rating.
“The CEOs who are more successful in gaining employee approval are those who paint a clear vision of what the company is setting out to achieve and how it’s going to get there,” Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO, said in a statement. “To be recognized by your employees as a strong leader also comes as a result of having a solid company culture that helps employees foster the skills necessary to move business forward and meet the needs of customers.”
Other techy CEOS on the list include Joe Tucci (EMC), Paul Jacobs (Qualcomm), Pierre Nanterme (Accenture), Mark Templeton (Citrix), Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Jen-Hsun Huang (Nvidia), Hans Vestberg (Ericsson), Paul Otellini (Intel), Tom Georgens (NetApp), Brad Smith (Intuit), and Scott McGregor (Broadcom).
Notably, Victoria’s Secret’s Sharen Turney is the only female exec to make the list, landing at No. 42 with an 82 percent approval rating. New to the CEO game, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer did not make the cut — despite her 87 percent approval rating — because too few employees reviewed her, according to CNET. Also, HP’s Meg Whitman, who was 2012′s lone woman at No. 24, was left off of this year’s list.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1 p.m. Eastern with comment from Facebook.
By Stephanie Mlot, PCMag