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Schmidt leads CEO approval rankings, Jobs slips to second

updated 11:10 pm EDT, Thu March 31, 2011

Dell and Ballmer compete for last place

Despite Steve Jobs' presence at the top of Barron's latest list of 'Most Valuable' CEOs, the Apple co-founder has slipped behind Google head Eric Schmidt in terms of CEO approval ratings. The Glassdoor survey, which includes data from company employees, suggests that Jobs still holds a 95 percent approval rating for the year spanning from March 2010 to March 2011, down from 98 percent the previous year.

Interestingly enough, Schmidt's rating has climbed from 93 percent to 96 percent during the same period of time. The Google veteran in January announced his departure from the search giant, citing the move as necessary to resolve a problem with over-distributed power between himself and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The reason for Jobs' drop in approval rating is unclear, as his leadership has been viewed as pivotal in the company's high-profile and successful product launches through the last year. The company has been criticized, however, for failing to provide full details regarding Jobs' health. The iconic executive is currently continuing a medical leave of absence, though he did make a public appearance for the iPad 2 launch.

At the bottom of Glassdoor's ratings, Michael Dell and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer hold respective approval ratings of 48 and 40 percent. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos maintained a relatively high rating of 83 percent, while Oracle's Larry Ellison slid from 77 to 73 percent. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz showed the largest decline, falling from 77 percent to a 50 percent approval rating in one year. [via TechCrunch]

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What the f** does this have to do with anything? Who the f** is Glassdoor?

  1. stenniz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Your kidding

    This article was written by Eric Schmidt!

  1. facebook_Scott

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    One Can Only ASPIRE . . .

    One can only ASPIRE to have a 95% Approval Rating within your company while on an INDEFINITE Leave of Absence! That is actually INCREDIBLE. Mix that with the fact that Schmidt gets sympathy votes from those that will "miss him" as he goes on a DEFINITE Leave of Absence and nothing much has changed here.

    Steve Jobs is a RARE SPECIMEN in history!

    Best wishes to his health and recovery.

  1. anthology123

    Joined: Dec 1969


    depends how you read it

    If I were to read this a certain, way the fact that Schmidt's approval rating went up AFTER he announced his resignation from google show that employees like him more now that he will NOT be the head of the company anymore.

  1. facebook_Trademark

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    Joined: Apr 2011


    Similar story

    Even as Eric Schmidt steps down as chief executive at Google on Monday, he can leave with the satisfaction that his employee approval rating is at an all-time high. There’s an art to quitting when you’re on top.

    Schmidt has an approval rating of 96 percent, up 3 percentage points from a year ago, according to employee approval surveys by Schmidt barely edged out Steve Jobs, whose rating fell 3 points to 95 percent. says that its latest survey of employee approval at the top 12 large technology companies yields some insights that aren’t normally measured with the daily ebb and flow of a company’s stock price.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It is April 1

    So is this a Joke?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: What...

    What the f** does this have to do with anything? Who the f** is Glassdoor?

    Yes, who are these idiots. They must not know how to do a survey if they didn't get Steve Jobs to be on top of the list.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: One Can Only ASPIRE . . .

    One can only ASPIRE to have a 95% Approval Rating within your company while on an INDEFINITE Leave of Absence!

    Are you kidding? Ballmer would have a 100% approval rating from everyone the moment he went on an indefinite leave of absence.

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