Glassdoor, a website that catalogs information about workplaces, published its 2013 listing of the top 50 CEOs as rated by their own employees. To get on this list, CEOs must have a rating of over 80% from more than 100 employees.
Of course, this list has limitations, for example most users of the site are US based, so companies in other countries don’t get so much attention. But you can still see how well they are doing by comparison.
Here are the top 10 tech CEOs that rule 2014 thus far. Have a look.
1. Jeff Weiner — LinkedIn
Soaring in at the top overall spot with a 100% approval rating is LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner. He’s been at the company since 2008, and received great reviews from former employees (who prefer to remain anonymous through Glassdoor).
“The CEO is what helps spread the culture. He emphasizes culture,” a LinkedIn associate web developer said.
2. Paul Jacobs — Qualcomm
On the overall company list, Jacobs actually ranked fourth, but was lifted to second place in the tech realm. He nabbed a 95% rating at Qualcomm, which makes wireless telecommunications products.
“Visionary leader, great technology portfolio and offers opportunities to work on many different projects,” a Qualcomm senior learning and development specialist said.
3. Brad Smith — Intuit
Smith placed sixth overall, but third on the tech list. Intuit’s CEO since 2008, his employees at the software company give him a 94% approval.
“At the very top, Brad Smith and team are well-respected and keep things moving in the right direction,” an anonymous Intuit employee said.
4. Mark Zuckerberg — Facebook
In 2013, Zuckerberg was rated the top CEO overall, with a 99% approval rating. This year, the face of Facebook pulls in at fourth on the tech company list (ninth overall) with a 93% rating.
“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,” a Facebook analyst said.
5. Larry Page — Google
Page pulled in at 10th overall, but cut that in half on the tech side. Google’s CEO (and co-founder) maintains a 93% approval rating. Despite the search engine’s dominant global presence, Page keeps things low-key.
“Larry wants us to keep the soul of a startup, even though we no longer are one,” an anonymous Google software engineer said.
6. Marc Benioff — Salesforce.com
Benioff wears a lot of hats at Salesforce.com. He’s the cloud computing company’s co-founder, chairman and CEO. He ranked 12th overall, but sixth on the tech list, with a 93% approval rating.
“Marc is the best CEO in the business — different for sure — but the best,” an anonymous Salesforce employee said.
7. Jerry Kennelly — Riverbed Technology
Jerry Kennelly was lucky number 13 on the full list, but lands the seventh spot on the tech list. The CEO and chairman of Riverbed, an application performance company founded in 2002, landed a 93% approval rating.
“Jerry is a fantastic CEO with tons of enthusiasm and energy. Very personable and cares greatly about his company and people. Couldn’t possibly be any nicer of a human being running a $1B company on this earth,” a Riverbed technology sales employee said.
8. Tim Cook — Apple
The heir to the Steve Jobs throne was 17 overall, but seized the eighth tech spot. Cook whipped up a 92% approval rating, a slight drop from last year’s 93%.
“You feel like everything you do has a direct impact and you’re a stakeholder,” a front-end engineer said. “The VPs and CEO are not removed either. It’s common to see them eating lunch on campus amongst everyone else.”
9. John Donahoe — eBay
The president and CEO of eBay since 2008, John Donahoe’s actual ranking was at spot 19 in the top 50. He snagged a 91% approval and warm praise from employees.
“The CEO of the company is smart, passionate and sincere. John Donahoe is the real deal and a great leader. He may be the most approachable CEO I’ve ever met,” an eBay director said.
10. Frank D’Souza — Cognizant Technology Solutions