With the planned departure of Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer in the next year, there is no shortage of critics out there who have maligned not only the exec but his entire company.
And while I have my issues with Mr. Ballmer’s leadership and with Microsoft in general, it’s a bit harsh to write off this entire company as a dying star that would be downright maddening to call your employer.
I mean, Microsoft boasts almost $88 billion in cash and investments and annual operating cash flow of over $31 billion. This is not a company that is collapsing, nor is it a company that doesn’t have resources to reinvent itself with the right person at the helm and the right plan in place.
On the other hand, there are a host of companies out there that seem to be doomed no matter who is in the CEO seat. Those kind of businesses would indeed be painful to run, and might have trouble finding a warm body in the corner office as a result.
Here are five companies with CEO jobs that nobody wants: