Mark Zuckerberg Tops Highest Rated CEOs List

Mark Zukerberg tops Glassdoor’s annual list of the 50 highest rated CEOs.

Mark Zuckerberg may not be in good relationships with investors, but those inside Facebook still love him. Photo: LeStudio1 Bernard Bujold/Flickr

The Facebook chief won a 99 percent approval rating from his employees, topping Glassdoor’s annual list of the 50 highest rated CEOs.

Glassdoor surveyed millions of employees across various industries and ranked the most impressive bosses, one of which happens to be billionaire Mark.

Facebook is “an open community from Zuck on down,” one anonymous Menlo Park employee said in a statement to Glassdoor. “Mututal trust companywide and sense of community and drive, instilled by our CEO, who we truly respect.”

The social networking giant 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.”

Facebook CEO isn’t the only tech company head approved by his employees; 18 of the top 50 listed CEOs are heads of technology-based organizations, including SAP’s Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe.

Google’s Larry Page won a 95-percent approve by his employees, 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, reports PC Mag.

“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.”

The list of best techy CEOS includes 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).

Only one woman received enough support from her team to make the list of the most-loved CEOs. Victoria Secret’s Sharen Turney ranked number 42 out of 50 on the list.

Victoria’s Secret’s employee reviews mostly come from retail associates, who tend to be women, meaning Turney’s appearance on the list was due to the support of female employees.

Lucy Kellaway, a popular British columnist, recently wrote an article claiming that the reason why successful women are less liked than their male counterparts is because the ones who make it “have to be more impressive and more fierce” and therefore, scarier.

However, Kellaway says women should use it to their advantage: “I know all sorts of women who get their way because their bosses are too terrified to say no,” she writes.

While being intentionally “scary” may help women rise to the top, it won’t necessarily win thembrownie points from their subordinates. As women become more prominent players in the workplace, perhaps it’s time that society shed this idea that women can only be either”motherly” material or “scary” career-ambitious females.

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