The 25 CEOs Employees Admire Most

It’s a no-brainer that customer feedback is important to companies, but honest evaluations from employees are vital as well. That’s where the CEO survey comes in.

The online career site solicited feedback from more than 280,000 employees at some of America’s largest companies, asking them to rank their boss. To form its list, “Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs,” Glassdoor asked just one question: “Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company?”

Here are a few survey highlights:

Apple’s Tim Cook takes top honors

This is pure speculation, but picking up the leadership gauntlet that once belonged to Steve Jobs had to have been at least slightly daunting for Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). However, Jobs’ shadow hasn’t adversely affected the new leader of the software behemoth. Cook received the highest approval rating (97%) on the survey, matching Jobs’ cumulative rating. On the comment section of the survey, one Apple employee wrote, “I think leadership is doing an amazing job. We have the best management team anywhere.”

Meg Whitman is the sole female on the list

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard: (NYSE:HPQ) scored an approval rating of 80% from her employees, putting her at No. 24 overall. Whitman’s ranking is much better than the cumulative approval ratings of two of her predecessors: Leo Apotheker (57%) and Mark Hurd (34%). Also, Whitman was the only female CEO to make Glassdoor’s list.

You can read the complete list at by clicking the link above. Here’s a peek at the CEOs who topped the list:

  1. Tim Cook (97%): Apple
  2. Jim Turley (95%): Ernst & Young
  3. Paul E. Jacobs (95%): QUALCOMM (NASDAQ:QCOM)
  4. Ken Chenault (94%): American Express (NYSE:AXP)
  5. Larry Page (94%) Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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