WaMu CEO Bites the Dust - Who’s Next?

WaMu CEO Bites the Dust – Who’s Next?

Last month, we posted on the CEOs with the lowest approval ratings following oustings of the CEOs of Alcatel-Lucent and AMD. Recently, WaMu CEO Kelly Killinger, who has been one of Glassdoor.com’s lowest rated CEOs since launch, was given his walking papers. While only 10% of employees said they approved of Killinger, three out of four (75%) said they disapprove.

Some employees may be asking the board what took so long. Last week, new CEO Alan Fishman assumed the top job asserting that he believes WaMu has a future as an independent company. Time will tell.

CEO transition is hard for any company, but in adversity there is often opportunity. In reading reviews from Washington Mutual’s headquarters employees, Fishman could bode well by walking the halls and taking some time to focus internally and listen to the advice from his employees….and even address some of their (perceived?) inequities:

  • Morale problems – Take responsibility for decisions that cause the stock price to drop, during layoffs show that you are being affected as well as the folks on the ground doing the work.
  • Good times gone. Stop listening only to what your directs are telling you. Get out there among the rank and file for a change. Get out there on the teller line, on the floor, and in the back office. Make your own conclusions about what’s working and what’s not. The Senior VPs are great at telling you what you want to hear – how about finding out the real story for yourself?
  • Longevity penalty? Recognize the quality of talent you have within the company, and work with HR to find ways to reward that talent instead of always looking to bring people in from the outside. Make it more equitable, reward your talent, and they will pay you back with their loyalty.

Over time, we plan to be able to report on the approval ratings of past CEOs vs. replacement CEOs. For example, we will be able to show how eBay’s John Donahoe (28% approval rating) is doing relative to former CEO Meg Whitman, or what’s been happening at VMware since popular CEO Diane Greene (one of Glassdoor’s most popular CEOs at 84%) was ousted and replaced by Paul Maritz, who now has a 41% approval rating.

For now, we’ve updated our CEO Watch List. Below are the 20 least popular CEOs who have been reviewed by more than 50 employees or more.

Company CEO Approval Rating Company Rating
Motorola Greg Brown 10% 2.6
Rain Bird Anthony LaFetra 12% 2.2
EDS Ron Rittenmeyer 14% 2.6
AOL Randy Falco 14% 2.7
Computer Sciences Mike Laphen 21% 2.8
Wal-Mart H. Lee Scott Jr. 21% 2.8
Infosys Kris Gopalakrishnan 26% 2.9
Merrill Lynch Greg Fleming 28% 3.3
BearingPoint Ed Harbach 29% 3.1
UBS Marcel Rohner 29% 3.0
eBay Jon Donahoe 30% 3.0
Sun Microsystems Jonathan Schwartz 31% 3.3
AT&T Randall Stephenson 31% 2.7
Target Gregg Steinhafel 32% 2.9
UPS D. Scott Davis 35% 2.9
AT&T Mobility Ralph de la Vega 37% 2.6
Home Depot Frank Blake 37% 2.6
CGI Group Mike Roach 37% 3.0
Symantec John W. Thompson 38% 3.0
Walgreens Jeffrey Rein 39% 3.0

Any opinion on who will be the next to fall?

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