Career website Glassdoor has released its annual breakdown of the top fifty Chief Executive Officers, based on US employee feedback, which gives us something of an insight into how employees feel about their ultimate boss. And for 2015, Larry Page, Google’s Chief Executive Officer, has been voted as the number one favorite boss. Larry managed a 97% approval rating but his first place is an improvement over last year, where he was ranked tenth. It appears that Google is a well liked place: it’s been voted as the best employer to work for four years running now with many businesses large and small aiming to make their workspace “more like Google’s.”
Glassdoor’s feedback for Google includes how employees feel looked after, praising a great work environment, onsite food and transport provided. There are great opportunities, including travel, plus flexible working and gender neutral. Disadvantages in the role included long hours and tight deadlines, plus a number of employees criticised Google’s recruitment process where some felt it was unnecessarily drawn out and required the consensus of the whole team before bringing somebody else into the unit. It seems, then, that Google are very careful of the existing team and will not bring in a new member without checking if it could upset the balance: valuing keeping the existing team happy is a good sign for employees!
Looking through the rest of the US list, there are other technology Chief Executives showing; of the top ten, four are occupied by technology bosses, which shows a mix of how important technology businesses are to the world plus how well liked and respected the top bosses are. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg is positioned at spot four with a 95% approval rating with Ultimate Software boss, Scott Scherr, occupying the fifth spot with a 95% approval rating. Apple’s Tim Cook is at spot ten with 94%. There are two technology Chief Executives just outside the top ten: eleventh place is occupied by Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi (with 94% approval) and twelfth sees Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s Chief Executive Officer, and 93% employee approval. The full list is showing at the bottom of this article.
Away from the US and looking to the United Kingdom, here again Larry Page tops the charts with an impressive 99% employee approval score. Other notable UK Chief Executives in the list include UK carrier Three‘s David Dyson, at 97% and in third place, with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella coming in spot fourteen at 89%.