updated 06:10 pm EST, Wed December 1, 2010
Jobs, Zuckerberg top CEO approvals while MS lags
An updated list of CEO approval ratings from Glassdoor has shown a wide disparity between some technology firms' executives. Apple's Steve Jobs, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Google's Eric Schmidt lead the group, all claiming 96 to 97 percent approval from their staff on the site. Rivals were much lower, however, and saw MySpace president Mike Jones at 60 percent, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz at 56 and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer at a particularly low 49 percent.
The results were partly dictated by the companies' respective growth levels. Apple, Facebook and Google have all been growing quickly and often profitable, making them happier work environments. They have also typically embraced less traditional corporate systems, often through more direct communication with executives or perks that aren't normally offered elsewhere. One review of Apple described it as having a limited career path but also being much more engaging than elsewhere.
"[Apple has a] great culture of hard work, passion, and innovation with less bureaucracy than other large sized companies," the anonymous worker said.
Companies like Microsoft and Yahoo have either maintained profitability or have been clawing their way back, but these have often been either stable or losing share to their competitors, such as Microsoft's losses in mobile or Yahoo's concessions to Google on the web. Reviews of Microsoft at Glassdoor have repeatedly cited high levels of bureaucracy and nepotism. MySpace has been falling fast in the wake of Facebook and may be shut down if it can't turn around, fueling any existing discontent.
Yahoo's results are considered relatively surprising as Bartz has instituted multiple large-scale job cuts to get the company back to profitability and has had to give up use of Yahoo's search engine, which is now run by Microsoft's Bing. [via SAI]