WASHINGTON — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer might have put the kibosh on working from home last year and received attention for a performance review system that ranked employees on a curve — just as Microsoft was dumping that much-hated approach — but that hasn’t stopped her from getting a 79 percent approval rating from Yahoo employees, making her one of two female chief executives to place among the 50 most popular CEOs of large U.S. companies, according to Glassdoor.
The career website has released its 2014 list of the country’s best-rated CEOs, according to ratings that were part of company reviews on Glassdoor in the past 12 months. Mayer came in 49th, barely squeaking into the top 50, but she’s in good company. Coming in at No. 1, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (who clocked a 100 percent rating). He joins Ford’s Alan Mulally (No. 2, 97 percent) and Costco’s Craig Jelinek (No. 5, 95 percent) in the top five list.
Last year’s No. 1, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, fell to No. 9 this year. The biggest climber on the list was Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who rose from No. 37 in 2013 to No. 7 this year. He scored a 93 percent rating, slightly above the 88 percent average of the top 50 companies. The average CEO approval rating among the 300,000 companies that have reviews on Glassdoor is 69 percent.
Given how little most Americans think of business leaders — a 2013 Pew Research Center survey found just 24 percent of respondents say business executives offer “a lot” to society — that’s a pretty high grade. Only one in five people, according to a 2014 report by the public relations firm Edelman, trusts corporate leaders to tell the truth and make ethical and moral decisions. Employees might give their own CEOs higher
ratings because they know them well — or despite the fact that they don’t.
“Many times, employees have never met the CEO, so are basically judging them on their leadership of the company,” said Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor’s community expert.
For the first time this year, the company also collected a list of the highest-rated leaders of small- and medium-sized businesses. Four CEOs — Intacct’s Robert Reid, APT’s Anthony Bruce, Paylocity’s Steve Beauchamp and SirsiDynex’s Bill Davison — each received a 100 percent rating from employees. To be considered for this list, companies had to have at least 30 reviews.
Others on the top CEOs at large companies list include Richard Edelman of the Edelman public relations firm at No. 3, Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs at No. 4, Capital One’s Richard Fairbank at No. 27, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at No. 32 and Victoria’s Secret Stores’ Sharen Turney at 34th.