Today, Glassdoor announced our 2016 Employees’ Choice Awards for the 50 Highest Rated CEOs, according to U.S.-based employees – and this year, four of the winning CEOs are women. We want to highlight this because there is still a long road ahead and much to be done to achieve true gender parity at the highest levels of workplace leadership. For perspective, there are only 20 women CEOs among those leading S&P 500 companies, meaning of these 500 CEOs, only 4% are women. On the 2016 Glassdoor list, four of the Top 50 CEOs are women, representing 8% of our list, and outpacing the women CEO representation on the S&P 500 by double. These four women are leading the way for others and providing optimism for the next generation of future women leaders.
The women CEOs who are being honored with this award have earned a 93%-95% approval rating based on feedback from their U.S. employees over the past 12 months*, and head up companies with more than 1,000 employees.
So who are these outstanding women leaders and what makes them so highly rated among their own employees?
Lynsi Snyder, President of In-N-Out Burger – 95% approval (#17)
Lynsi Snyder, who leads popular burger purveyor In-N-Out, is the highest-ranking woman on our list, coming in at #17 overall. Snyder’s grandparents founded In-N-Out in 1948, and Snyder has led the company since 2010. Among U.S.-based employees over the past year, Snyder has garnered a 95% approval rating, and the company is rated 4.2 stars out of 5 stars over the past 12 months on Glassdoor.
Here’s what a few employees say about Snyder and her management team:
“Good pay, strong leadership, opportunities to advance in the company.” - In-N-Out Burger Employee (location n/a)
“Great management, generally strong unit of people to work with. They will train you if you act like you want to be there and are willing to learn. They’ll also show you how a company manages to exist and profit selling the same hamburger that they’ve sold for decades.” – In-N-Out Burger Employee (Huntington Beach, CA)
Lesa J. Francis, CEO of Staffmark – 94% approval (#28)
Lesa Francis leads commercial employment agency Staffmark, and is the second highest-ranking woman on Glassdoor’s list. Francis heads up the Cinncinati-based company, and earned a 94% approval rating from her employees over the past year. Staffmark is rated 4.0 out of 5 stars in the last 12 months on Glassdoor.
Here’s what some of Francis’ employees have to say about her leadership:
“I have been in the Staffing Industry for over 30 years and Staffmark is by far the best company I have ever worked for and Lesa is a fantastic CEO!!!” – Staffmark Chief Resource Officer (Cinncinati, OH)
“Love my job, my co workers, and upper management.” – Staffmark Employee (Cinncinati, OH)
Pamela M. Nicholson, CEO of Enterprise Holdings – 94% approval (#31)
When she was appointed CEO of Enterprise Holdings in June of 2013, Pamela Nicholson became the highest-ranking woman, not only at Enterprise Holdings, but also in the entire $20-billion U.S. car rental industry. Nicholson garners a 94% approval rating among U.S. based employees over the past year. Enterprise Holdings has a rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars in the last 12 months on Glassdoor.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees have had this to say about Nicholson and the senior leadership team:
"Upper management in St. Louis is amazing and strives to succeed and help out every level of employee.” – Enterprise Holdings Senior Accountant (St. Louis, MO)
“I love the people I work with! It’s not intimidating at all to reach out to upper management and there’s so much support from them!” – Enterprise Holdings Assistant Manager (location n/a)
Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte – 93% approval (#41)
Cathy Engelbert, a 30-year veteran of Deloitte, was the first woman at a Big Four professional services firm to be named CEO in March 2015. Since then, she has gained high marks from her U.S.-based employees, achieving a 93% approval rating over the past year. Deloitte has achieved a rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars in the last 12 months.
Here’s what Deloitte employees have to say about Engelbert and her management team:
“Incredible place to work for women, great leadership, sound management decision making.” – Deloitte Senior Manager (New York, NY)
“Amazing opportunities to learn and grow. Smart people. Management knows what they are doing.” – Deloitte Consultant/Track Lead (New York, NY)
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*Employees’ Choice Award winners for the 2016 Highest Rated CEOs list 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. See our full awards methodology.