Like The Herald Business Journal on Facebook!
The Herald of Everett, Washington
Heraldnet.com

The top local business stories in your email

Contact Us:

Josh O'Connor
Publisher
Phone: 425-339-3007
joconnor@heraldnet.com

Jody Knoblich
General Sales Manager
Phone: 425-339-3445
Fax: 425-339-3049
jknoblich@heraldnet.com

Jim Davis
Editor
Phone: 425-339-3097
jdavis@heraldnet.com

Site address:
1800 41st Street, S-300,
Everett, WA 98203

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 930
Everett, WA 98206

HBJ RSS feeds

  • Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, was rated No. 32.

    Associated Press

    Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, was rated No. 32.

Who are the top-rated CEOs?

Ford’s Alan Mulally checks it at No. 2, while Craig Jelinek at Costco comes in at No. 5.

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Pinterest icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
Jena McGregor
The Washington Post
Published:
WASHINGTON — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may have put the kibosh on working from home last year and received attention for a performance review system that ranked employees on a curve — just as Microsoft was dumping that much-hated approach. But that hasn’t stopped her from getting a 79 percent approval rating from Yahoo employees, making her one of two female chief executives to place among the 50 most popular CEOs of large U.S. companies, according to Glassdoor.
The career website is out with its 2014 listing of the country’s best-rated CEOs, according to ratings that were part of company reviews on Glassdoor over the past 12 months. Mayer came in 49th, barely squeaking into the top 50, but she’s in good company. The top five include the list’s No. 1, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (who clocked a 100 percent rating), as well as Ford’s Alan Mulally (No. 2, 97 percent) and Costco’s Craig Jelinek (No. 5, 95 percent).
Last year’s No. 1, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fell to No. 9 this year; the biggest climber on the list was Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who rose from No. 37 in 2013 to No. 7 this year. He scored a 93 percent rating, slightly above the 88 percent average of the top 50 companies. The average CEO approval rating among the 300,000 companies that have reviews on Glassdoor is 69 percent.
Given how little most Americans think of business leaders — a 2013 Pew Research Center survey found just 24 percent think business executives offer “a lot” to society — that’s a pretty high grade. Only one in five people, according to a 2014 report by the public relations firm Edelman, trusts corporate leaders to tell the truth and make ethical and moral decisions. Employees may give their own CEOs higher ratings because they know them well — or despite the fact that they don’t.
“Many times, employees have never met the CEO, so are basically judging them on their leadership of the company,” said Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert.
For the first time this year, the company also collected a list of the highest-rated leaders of small- and medium-sized businesses. Four CEOs — Intaact’s Robert Reid, APT’s Anthony Bruce, Paylocity’s Steve Beauchamp and SirsiDynex’s Bill Davison — each received a 100 percent rating from his employees. To be considered for this list, companies had to have at least 30 reviews.
Others: No. 3 Richard Edelman of the Edelman public relations firm, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs at No. 4, Capital One’s Richard Fairbank at No. 27, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at No. 32, Victoria’s Secret Stores’ Sharen Turney was 34th, Marriott’s Arne Sorenson was 35th and GEICO’s Tony Nicely ranked 46th.
McGregor writes about leading in changing times for The Washington Post’s On Leadership blog.
Story tags » MicrosoftFordAmazon

Related

MORE HBJ HEADLINES

CALENDAR

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus

Market roundup