Facebook Continues To Hold Lead As Top Tech Company; Tech Industry Report Card 2012

In Glassdoor’s fourth annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 50 Best Places to Work for 2012, Facebook holds on as the top rated tech company, according to employees. In the annual report, Facebook slipped to the #3 slot from its #1 position last year as its overall rating dropped to 4.3 (based on a 5-point scale) from 4.6 a year ago.

More than 65,000 companies were considered for the 2012 awards, with a dozen other tech companies making this year’s list as well, including MITRE, Google, Apple and Rackspace. In addition to companies that made the Best Places to Work list, we also looked at how other tech employers rate this year compared to last year. Our 2012 Tech Industry Report Card looks at more than 55 tech-driven companies of all shapes, sizes and ages that return widely different ratings from their respective employees.

Tech Report Card Highlights

  • Tech Companies to see Big Improvements: Rackspace’s rating increased to 3.9 from 3.1 last year. NVIDIA receives a 3.5 this year, up from 3.0 last year, while Hewlett-Packard climbed to 2.7 this year from 2.2 under Leo Apotheker’s reign last year. Samsung Austin Semiconductor comes in at 2.5, up from a 1.9.
  • Top 5 Tech CEOs: National Instruments CEO James Truchard and NetApp’s Tom Georgens received 100% approval ratings this year, followed by Apple’s Tim Cook (96%) and Synopsys’ Aart de Geus (96%). Rounding out the top 5 is Intel’s Paul Otellini with a 93% approval rating.
  • Most Improved Tech CEOs: eBay’s John Donahoe saw the biggest boost in approval ratings this year; as his rating climbed to 65% approval from 30% last year. Sapient CEO Alan Herrick climbed to 85% from 58%. Analog Devices’ CEO Jerry Fishman climbed to 80% from 55%, and Intuit’s Brad Smith climbed to 84% from 60%.

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