They’re often the first ones in the office, and the last ones to leave. They’re responsible for steering the ship through both smooth and rough waters. They’re the ultimate decision-makers, leaders, strategists, and visionaries. They’re CEOs, and their job is no easy feat. Given all of the challenges that CEOs face, the fact that they show up to work day after day is pretty admirable in itself. But the recipients of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs award are not just showing up to do their jobs — they’re setting an example for leaders everywhere.
This year, Glassdoor has recognized the top CEOs among U.S. Large Companies (1,000+ employees) and U.S. Small & Medium Companies (fewer than 1,000 employees), as well as in the UK, Canada, France, and Germany*.
Topping the list of Highest Rated CEOs for U.S. Large Companies for 2017 is Clorox CEO Benno Dorer with a 99% approval rating. Dorer’s achievement marks a number of firsts for the Highest Rated CEOs award — the first time Dorer has received this award, the first time that a consumer goods company has secured the top position, and the first time that Glassdoor’s U.S. Large Companies Highest Rated CEOs list has expanded to include 100 CEOs, making Dorer’s accomplishment especially noteworthy. Employees cite Dorer’s focus on professional development, transparency, and his vision for the company as some of the top reasons he excels as a CEO.
Although Dorer tops the list, he’s certainly in good company — other top-ranking CEOs are as follows:
Top 5 Highest Rated CEOs: U.S. Large
1. Benno Dorer, Clorox - 99% Employee Approval
2. Jim Kavanaugh, World Wide Technology - 99% Employee Approval
3. Michael F. Mahoney, Boston Scientific - 99% Employee Approval
4. Craig B. Thompson, Memorial Sloan Kettering - 99% Employee Approval
5. Martin Rankin, Fast Enterprises - 99% Employee Approval
Top 5 Highest Rated CEOs: U.S. Small & Medium
1. Justyn Howard, Sprout Social - 99% Employee Approval
2. Taylor Olson, Slingshot - 99% Employee Approval
3. Brady Harris, Eliot Management Group - 99% Employee Approval
4. Lane Rankin, Illuminate Education - 99% Employee Approval
5. Ken McElrath, Skuid - 99% Employee Approval
On behalf of everyone at Glassdoor, we offer a heartfelt congratulations to all winners. Senior leadership truly sets the tone for company culture, and is a top influencing factor of employee happiness — so if you’re in the market for a career change, you may want to consider applying to one of the great companies listed above, or another on the list. After all, company culture is truly top-down.
Think your CEO deserves to make next year’s list? Share a review, and it will be considered for Glassdoor’s 2018 Employees’ Choice Awards.
Employers — wondering why your CEO didn’t make the list, and how you can become eligible for next year’s awards? Read here.
*Each list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each CEO approval rating determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility. For the full methodology, visit here.