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Steve Ballmer's approval rating slides among Microsoft staff

updated 10:50 pm EDT, Tue May 31, 2011

Approval rating drops to 29% in Q2

Despite recent reports suggesting Microsoft's board of directors is confident in CEO Steve Ballmer, the latest Glassdoor reviews suggest the executive's approval rating has continued to slide among the company's wider group of employees. Numbers from the most recent quarter suggest only 29 percent of Microsoft staffers approve of the executive, compared to 40 percent in the previous quarter.

The CEO has experienced a relatively steady decline in approval ratings since the second quarter of 2008, when 65 percent of staffers gave positive ratings. When the results from each quarter are combined, over 1,500 employee reviews establish an approval rating of 47 percent.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Glassdoor's ratings suggest Apple CEO Steve Jobs leads the pack with a 97-percent approval rating. Intel head Paul Otellini is not far off, with 94 percent approval, while Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos achieved an 84-percent rating.

Hedge fund manager David Einhorn recently called for Microsoft to find a new CEO, after labeling Ballmer as the "biggest overhang" that is holding back the company's stock performance. Although the executive is somewhat controversial among investors, separate reports suggest the board of directors, including co-founder Bill Gates, does not share the same sentiment. [via GeekWire]

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    separate reports suggest the board of directors, including co-founder Bill Gates, does not share the same sentiment.

    *phew* what a relief. I was worried they might actually wise up.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Brain drain

    While the board stands solidly behind Monkeyboy, in complete denial that his tenure as CEO has been poison for the company, more good people at MS are sure to get frustrated and flee to competitors.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Gates has zero common sense

    Bill Gates never understood the consumer market and he never will. He's tone-deaf to popular culture. That's one reason for Microsoft's success in the corporate IT space. Gates focused on locking in businesses because that's all he understood.

    Now Ballmer is afraid of messing with that Windows + Office success. And Gates' complete lack of vision guarantees that Microsoft will have no roadmap other than "Copy Apple." They, and Microsoft, are stuck in the past. Somewhere in the mid-1990s.

  1. BMWTwisty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Long Live Ballmer!

    May he remain in charge forever! Long live the King! Please continue to keep the board of directors' supply of hallucinogens well-stocked!

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I say...

    separate reports suggest the board of directors, including co-founder Bill Gates, does not share the same sentiment.

    After hearing this... Bill and "The Board" should get the Clockwork Orange treatment... Tape their eyes open and force them to watch "The Monkey Boy" video on a continuous loop for about 10 hours.

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My Theory is...

    Ballmer must be a stealth Apple plant. How else could MS be so out-of-touch with consumers intentionally? If you look at this clown's leadership, you can actually see that he predicted the iPod would flop, the iPhone would flop and that tablets wouldn't appeal to consumers and flop. As ever, with Microsoft, they try to scramble after the ship has left port by cobbling together imitations of the real thing, but alas, the "social" isn't "squirting" much goodness their way. I genuinely hope MS retains Ballmer for a good long time, he has already put Apple on top, who knows what he could do in a few more years.

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969



    throw the bum out, though the longer he stays the better it is for MS competitors

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He needs to stay

    He's doing a great job so far.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    When the Board Publicly Supports You

    If the Board of Directors has to issue a public statement that they fully support you, it's time to pack your bags. The board's support for the CEO is simply assumed (after all, they can fire the CEO). To have to publicly state the obvious means that the board is under intense pressure from major stock holders to fire your sorry CEO butt.

    Usually, not long after the board issues a statement publicly supporting their CEO, the board usually asks the CEO to "spend more time with their family" or "take up an exciting life time opportunity that requires them to leave the company".

    Otherwise, you end up in stock holder revolt territory with a proxy fight on your hands. Dealing with that means not dealing with your core business and usually results in lower sales and over all lower value. If you think Microsoft stock is in the doldrums now, wait until there's a big proxy battle.

    Balmer and Gates may be the two largest shareholders (with about a billion shares between them), but that's only about 10% of the company. The institutional investors control a majority of Microsoft shares.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks like...

    it is "Ballmers to the wall" time.
    "I'm gonna' make you dance like monkey, dance like a monkey!"

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