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Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs 2012

Glassdoor is revealing its latest list of the Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs – the list is based entirely on feedback from employees who were asked one simple survey question: Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company? In the last year alone, more than 280,000 employees rated their CEO on Glassdoor.¹

Check out who made the Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs list:

Company CEO  Approval Rating
 3/16/11 – 3/15/12
  Approval Rating
  3/16/10 – 3/15/11
Apple Tim Cook            97%     Steve Jobs: 95%
Ernst & Young Jim Turley            95%             83%
QUALCOMM Paul E. Jacobs            95%             88%
American Express Ken Chenault            94%             89%
Google Larry Page            94%    Eric Schmidt: 96%
Intel Corporation Paul S. Otellini            93%             90%
Accenture Pierre Nanterme            91%   William Green: 86%
VMware Paul Maritz            90%             75%
Starbucks Howard D. Schultz            89%             80%
Nordstrom Blake W. Nordstrom            89%             89%
Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein            89%             97%
PricewaterhouseCoopers Dennis M. Nally            88%             79%
U.S. Bank Richard K. Davis            88%             84%
JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon            87%             84%
US Air Force Michael B. Donley            86%             83%
EMC Joe Tucci            86%             88%
Sprint Nextel Dan Hesse            85%             77%
Procter & Gamble Bob McDonald            84%             94%
US Army John McHugh            84%             70%
Fidelity Investments Edward Johnson, III            84%             78%
GE Jeffrey Immelt            83%             64%
Oracle Larry Ellison            81%             72%
Home Depot Frank Blake            80%             80%
Hewlett-Packard Meg Whitman            80%   Leo Apotheker: 67%
Lockheed Martin Robert J. Stevens            80%              83%
Report based on CEOs with at least 100 ratings between 3/16/11 and 3/15/12; CEO approval ratings during 3/16/10 – 3/15/11 based on at least 20 ratings.

So what stands out from this list of Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs? Below are just some of the highlights:

How Does Apple’s Tim Cook Compare to Steve Jobs?

While many speculated how Cook would be received by employees and how he would lead the tech giant, he seems to have settled in quite nicely, garnering a 97% approval. By comparison, when Steve Jobs stepped down in August 2011, his cumulative rating was 97% approval, though his rating between March 2010 and March 2011 was 95%. One Apple Employee (Cupertino, CA) comments, I think leadership is doing an amazing job. We have the best management team anywhere.”

HP CEO Winning Employee Support

Meg Whitman may not have achieved enough popularity among California voters during her run for governor of California, but she seems to be winning support from employees at Hewlett-Packard. Whitman is the only woman to break into the list of top rated CEOs with an 80% approval rating. And she is faring much better than her predecessors – Leo Apotheker garnered a 57% cumulative approval and Mark Hurd received a 34% cumulative approval. One Hewlett-Packard employee wrote that, “Mark Hurd badly impacted HP Values and people morale, but HP has got amazing people who kept on performing through salary cuts and CEO scandals. So my most sincere good luck to Meg and her leadership team to bring back some of the HP way.”

Several Finance Leaders Retain High Ratings In Tough Times

Despite public outcry over Wall Street’s excessive salaries and a very fervent Occupy movement, U.S. Bank employees give CEO Richard Davis an 88% approval rating, and JPMorgan Chase employees give  CEO Jamie Dimon an 87% approval. Interestingly,Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who was criticized recently by former executive Greg Smith in the New York Times, garners an 89% approval rating, which is down eight points from his 97% approval last year².

Troops Salute Military Leaders

The leaders of the US Air Force and US Army pull rank and make it on this list of well-liked leaders. Michael Donley, Secretary of the US Air Force, receives an 86% approval rating. As a member of the US Air Force notes, “Most supervisory level people only want to see you exceed and will work as hard as you do, sometimes harder, to see you attain your goals. The only ceiling for advancement, is the ceiling that you build over yourself.” And, John McHugh, Secretary of the US Army, receives an 84% approval rating.

In addition, you can view a graphic of the Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs.

It’s also worth noting that several CEOs representing the tech industry make this top 25 list. View a break out of the Top 10 Highest Rated Tech CEOs.

Do you approve (or perhaps disapprove) of the way your CEO is leading your company? Share a company review on Glassdoor and rate your CEO.

¹ The report below is based on current CEOs with at least 100 ratings from their own employees over the past year (3/16/11-3/15/12). Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1=strongly disapprove, 3=no opinion, 5=strongly approve. Rankings based on CEO rating and quantity of ratings a CEO has received during the past year.

² CEO ratings between 3/16/10 and 3/15/11 are based on at least 20 ratings during that time period.