Technology, Consulting and Consumer Goods Chief Executives Lead The Way For Top Marks From Employees

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (June 7, 2016) ­– Glassdoor, the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace, has announced the winners of its annual Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 across North America and parts of Europe. Unlike any other workplace awards, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based solely on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback, by completing a company review, on whether they approve or disapprove of their CEO, along with insight into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

This year, Glassdoor has expanded its Employees’ Choice Awards across six countries, honoring the Highest Rated CEOs across the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, there are two categories in the U.S.: 50 Highest Rated CEOs (honoring CEOs at employers with 1,000 or more employees) and 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies (honoring CEOs at employers with less than 1,000 employees). Winners are ranked based on their overall CEO approval rating from employees during the past year. For reporting simplicity, approval ratings are rounded to the nearest whole number though actual calculations extend beyond the thousandth to determine rank.

The top five Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 in the U.S. are:

  1. Bain & Company’s Bob Bechek (99 percent approval)
  2. Ultimate Software’s Scott Scherr (99 percent approval)
  3. McKinsey & Company’s Dominic Barton (99 percent approval)
  4. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (97 percent approval)
  5. LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner (97 percent approval)

The top five Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies in 2016 in the U.S. are:

  1. Madwire’s Joe Kellogg & JB Kellogg (99 percent approval)
  2. Justworks’ Isaac Oates (99 percent approval)
  3. StormWind Studios’ Tom Graunke (99 percent approval)
  4. EverFi’s Tom Davidson (99 percent approval)
  5. SailPoint Technologies’ Mark McClain (99 percent approval)

“The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards honor CEOs that stand out for having gained the support and approval of their workforce – no easy task for any leader,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “I am proud to expand these awards to new markets as incredible leaders are found around the world and are not limited by boundaries or borders. I congratulate all of the winners on this significant achievement.”

Glassdoor’s 50 Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 features business leaders across diverse industries, spanning technology, consulting, biotech and pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, travel and tourism, retail and more. Bain & Company’s Bob Bechek (No. 1, 99 percent approval) is among 22 CEOs debuting as a Highest Rated CEO, along with Nestle Purina PetCare’s Joseph R. Sivewright (No. 9, 96 percent approval), NBCUniversal’s Stephen B. Burke (No. 38, 93 percent approval) and lululemon’s Laurent Potdevin (No. 47, 92 percent approval) among others. Google, whose former CEO Larry Page ranked No. 1 last year (97 percent approval) takes No. 7 this year under new CEO Sundar Pichai (96 percent approval). Four women CEOs also make the top 50 this year, including In-N-Out Burger’s Lynsi Snyder (No. 17, 95 percent approval), Staffmark’s Lesa J. Francis (No. 28, 94 percent approval), Enterprise Holdings’ Pamela Nicholson (No. 31, 94 percent approval) and Deloitte’s Cathy Engelbert (No. 41, 93 percent approval).

On the 2016 list of the 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies, the top five CEOs are all newcomers to this list.

Employees’ Choice Award winners for the 2016 Highest Rated CEOs and Highest Rated CEOs at Small and Medium Companies lists are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, taking into account the quantity and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between May 2, 2015 and May 1, 2016. To be considered, employers eligible for the large list must have received at least 100 company reviews, including at least 100 CEO approval ratings and at least 100 senior management ratings, while companies eligible for the small & medium list must have received at least 35 company reviews, including at least 35 CEO approval ratings and at least 35 senior management ratings, respectively, during the eligibility period. Complete methodology can be found and downloaded here:

When an employee submits a company review on Glassdoor, he or she is asked to share their opinion on some of the best reasons to work for their employer (pros), any downsides (cons), and are encouraged to provide advice to management. Employees are also asked to rate several factors tied to their employment experience, including sentiment around their CEO’s leadership, in addition to rating their overall satisfaction with their employer, and workplace attributes like senior management among others. Specifically, when rating their CEO on Glassdoor, employees are able to choose from one of three options: approve, disapprove or no opinion of the CEO.

SEE THE 2016 WINNERS: All winning CEOs across this year’s seven categories can be found by visiting:

Workplace/office photos and employee commentary about winning CEOs, their senior management team and company culture are also available upon request. Please email:

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