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Top 10 Highest-Rated CEOs

Top 10 Highest-Rated CEOs

A couple of mainstays, coupled with some not-so-everyday names.

Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, has released its annual report of the highest-rated CEOs for 2014. The list is determined by employee feedback shared over the last year.

Employees voluntarily and anonymously provided their opinion on the Glassdoor website, regarding their approval or disapproval of how their CEO is leading the company.

The survey gathered employee opinion on some of the best reasons to work for their employer, some of the downsides -- and it encouraged employees to provide advice to senior management.

In addition, employees are asked to rate their CEO, and are specifically asked: "Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company?"

Just two women made the list: Yahoo's Marissa Meyer and Sharen Turney of Victoria's Secret. Neither are included in the top 10, however. Take a look at the top 10, with comments from their employees.

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  • Jeff Weiner, 100% Approval Rating

    Weiner has been CEO of LinkedIn since 2008, taking the company through its IPO in January 2011.

    “The CEO is what helps spread the culture. He emphasizes culture.” – LinkedIn Associate Web Developer

    “Culture of complete transparency. Bi-weekly company all-hands with the CEO.” – LinkedIn Engineering


  • Alan Mulally, 97% Approval Rating

    After taking over Ford (NYSE: F) in 2006, Mulally was able to drive the automaker to profitability -- and avoid a government bailout during the 2008 recession.

    “Outstanding CEO; even if you've never met him, you can still learn a lot from watching and learning how he manages such a huge, complex organization.” – Ford Motor Financial Analyst Employee

    “Alan is a great CEO breaking down many barriers between groups so we can all work more as one team.” – Ford Motor Employee


  • Richard Edelman, 97% Approval Rating

    Edelman took over his father's firm, the world's largest independently-owned public relations firm, in September 1996.

    “Richard Edelman has a special gift for motivating his PR professionals to make Edelman the best PR company in the industry.” – Edelman Finance Manager


  • Paul E. Jacobs, 95% Approval Rating

    Jacobs stepped away from Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) in early March, but not before being with the company for almost 25 years, the last seven serving as CEO.

    “Visionary leader, great technology portfolio and offers opportunities to work on many different projects.” – Qualcomm Senior Learning & Development Specialist


  • Craig Jelinek, 95% Approval Rating

    Jelinek has been the President and CEO of Costco (NASDAQ: COST) since February 2010.

    “At Costco it actually benefits the company for staff to have higher education. Also, working for a company where the CEO actually wants to take care of his employees, i.e., living wage increases and benefits.” – Costco Assistant


  • Brad Smith, 94% Approval Rating

    Smith become president and CEO of Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU) in January 2008, at one point also being a member of Yahoo's board of directors.

    “At the very top, Brad Smith and team are well respected and keep things moving in the right direction.” – Intuit Employee


  • Lloyd Blankfein, 94% Approval Rating

    Following the nomination of former CEO Henry Paulson to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Blankfein took over Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) in May 2006.

    “Opportunities for leadership. Strong management team. Great co-workers.” – Goldman Sachs Financial Associate


  • Howard Schultz, 93% Approval Rating

    Schultz is in his second tour-of-duty as Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) CEO, following a less-than-successful run as owner of the Seattle SuperSonics.

    “Good senior management, competitive pay for managers, work life balance.” – Starbucks Store Manager


  • Mark Zuckerberg, 93% Approval Rating

    The 29-year-old maverick founded Facebook in 2004 and has grown the social media upstart into one of the biggest companies in the world.

    “Of course the perks are great, but the most important perk is working for a company I truly believe in. Mark is an incredible leader who wants to make the world a better place, and I love doing work for a mission I care about.” – Facebook Analyst




  • Larry Page, 93% Approval Rating

    The Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) co-founder ranked at #17 on Forbes' 2014 ranking of billionares ($32.2 billion).

    “Sergey and Larry entertaining you every Thursday discussing what's happening in the company and answering your questions.” – Google SRE


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