Glassdoor reveals naughty/nice ceo’s

We received an email from Glassdoor.com the company review site. Thought you might find this interesting.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and Glassdoor knows which CEOs have been naughty and which have been nice, at least according to their employees.  We’ve made a  list and checked it twice.  So, here’s who can expect a lump of coal in their stockings this year.

The naughty list is synonymous with Glassdoor’s “Watch List” – a term we coined for the CEOs with the highest disapproval ratings (with at least 50 reviews) and are at risk of being ousted. Other CEOs who’ve made the list, include recent additions like CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau’s James R. Pouliot (62% disapprove), Amgen’s Kevin Sharer(54% disapprove), Sun Microsystems‘ Jonathan Schwartz (50% disapprove) and eBay’s John Donahoe (49% disapprove). RainBird CEO Anthony LaFetra is a “Watch List” veteran who remains a close second, followed by AOL CEO Randy Falco who is the third least popular.

Naughty CEOs
CompanyCompany RatingCEOCEO Approval
Rating (%)
CEO Disapproval Rating (%)
Office Depot2.2Steve Odland480
Rain Bird2.1Anthony LaFetra975
AOL2.7Randy Falco1368
Motorola2.6Greg Brown1066
EDS2.6Ron Rittenmeyer1265
CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau2.2James R. Pouliot1262
Amgen3.2Kevin W. Sharer1554
Affiliated Computer Services2.4Lynn R. Blodgett1053
Sun Microsystems3.2Jonathan I. Schwartz2650
eBay2.8John J. Donahoe2049

In looking back on our Watch List members this year, a few received their own pink slips.

Genentech’s Art Levinson comes in as the #1 rated CEO (with at least 50 employees) with a 92% approval rating while and Office Depot‘s Steve Odland is the  least popular CEO with the highest disapproval rating of 80%.

NICE: Coming in at second place after Art Levinson is Apple’s Steve Jobs with a 90% approval rating. And despite a volatile year, four out of five Goldman Sachs’ employees approve of the job Lloyd Blankfein is doing.

Here are just a few of the reasons Art Levinson gets ranked so highly in Glassdoor.comreviews:

“Great products that make a difference in people’s lives, smart, interesting, fun people, company clearly values its employees and takes good care of them, very science and patient-driven, great perks and lovely campus.”


“A lot of employee centric benefits, along with the chance of working for a company that is very cutting edge. The company has a lot of potential for the future, and this is a great place to gain experience and to be able to include as part of my professional resume. This is a very friendly environment where employees are encouraged to network as well as take time off to be able to decompress. Every 6 years, a six week sabbatical is included to coincide with the 5 weeks of vacations that can be accrued for a total of 11 weeks off (that’s nearly 3 months off in 1 year.”

“A strong emphasis on communications and collaboration. A company wide decision-making structure that intrinsically forces authority downward to the lowest possible level providing many opportunities to exercise and test one’s judgment.”

Nice CEOs
CompanyCompany RatingCEOCEO Approval
Rating (%)
Genentech3.8Art Levinson93
Apple3.8Steve Jobs90
Goldman Sachs3.8Lloyd C. Blankfein88
Google4.0Eric E. Schmidt88
Procter & Gamble4.0A.G. Lafley88
McKinsey & Company4.0Ian Davis86
American Express3.6Ken Chenault80
NVIDIA3.4Jen-Hsun Huang80
Adobe4.2Shantanu Narayen79
NetApp3.9Dan Warmenhoven78

NAUGHTY: A Department Manager at Office Depot in Dallas, Texas writes “Fire Odland and kill ridiculous programs like ones listed above. Please, Please, Please give this company back to its workers. The corporate office in Delray Beach, FL is asleep at the wheel and frankly incompetent. Maybe If some of them would listen to or maybe even spend a few hours in a store they would understand their own business a little better. This company will fail If you do not get back to basics! Cheap no hassle prices and fast checkout! NO MORE PROGRAMS PLEASE!”

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