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International Women’s Day – Spotlight on Women CEOs

Today is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To commemorate this holiday, we are spotlighting a selection of just a few of the highly rated women CEOs on Glassdoor. These CEOs, who are rated highly according to feedback shared by their own employees, lead both Large as well as Small and Medium sized U.S. based companies[1].

The average CEO on Glassdoor has a CEO approval rating of 69%, and the average company is rated 3.2 out of 5. (Company ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied).

International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, and there is still much to be done. But these women, listed here in alphabetical order, are leading the way for others and providing optimism for the next generation of future women leaders.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors – 88% approval[2]

Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors on January 15, 2014 since then, she’s gained the support of her workforce earning high ratings on Glassdoor. Barra currently has garnered an 88% approval rating, and the company is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 stars overall on Glassdoor.

Here’s what a few employees had to say about how Barra is leading the company:

“There is a real top management commitment to develop great products, provide a good working environment for employees, act with transparency and contribute to the communities where they operate.” – General Motors Employee, location n/a

“CEO is doing a great job.” – General Motors Employee, Austin, TX

Judith Faulkner


Judith Faulkner, Founder and CEO of Epic Systems Corporation – 84% approval

Judith Faulkner founded Epic Systems Corporation in 1979, and is CEO of the healthcare software company. She has an 84% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor, and the company is rated 3.7 out of 5 stars overall.

Here’s what a few Epic employees, past and present, have shared about Faulkner’s leadership:

“Really cool CEO; her vision, I feel, is genuine, and has she has the energy to back it up.” Former Technical Services Problem Solver, Verona, WI

“CEO (Judy) really cares about people, is very involved, wants to run her company ethically.” – Former Technical Services, Verona, WI

“The company is principled and makes corporate decisions based on “the right thing to do.” – Interface Analyst, Verona, WI

Celeste Gudas

Celeste Gudas, CEO of 24 Seven Talent – 93% approval

Celeste Gudas is CEO of 24 Seven Talent, a talent recruitment firm, and has grown 24 Seven Talent from a single New York office to twelve offices around the U.S. and the globe. Gudas currently has an approval of 93% on Glassdoor, and employees give 24 Seven Talent a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

Here’s what a few 24 Seven Talent employees have written about Gudas and her management team:

“Management listens to ideas and promotes a sense of ownership and collaboration.” Vice President, Los Angeles, CA

“I also enjoy working for a privately held, woman owned organization.” Recruiter, location n/a

“24 Seven is a firm that displays healthy team dynamic and support, upper management acts as mentors instead of bosses, and encompasses a fun/positive company culture.” 24 Seven Talent Employee, New York, NY

Marillyn Hewson

Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin – 85% approval         

After spending 30 years of her career at Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson became the CEO in 2013 and has since inspired the company’s 112,000+ employees worldwide. Employees give Hewson an 85% approval rating and rate the company 3.6 out of 5 stars. Beyond these high marks, employees also have high praise for the entire executive team.

Lockheed Martin employees write:

“Executive leadership is very communicative, efficient, respected and respectful; worth following and learning from.” – Lockheed Martin Employee, Marietta, GA

“Upper management always interested in employee feedback, new ideas and works to implement the best of those into operations. Everything extra you give is valued.” – Senior Engineer, Rockville, MD

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson, President and CEO of Fidelity Investments – 92% approval 

Abby Johnson became President of U.S. investment firm Fidelity Investments in 2012, then CEO in 2014. She currently has a 92% CEO approval rating on Glassdoor, and her employees give her company 3.8 out of 5 stars. Johnson is the granddaughter of Fidelity’s founder, Edward C. Johnson II, and succeeds her father, Edward “Ned” Johnson III in heading the privately owned firm.

Here’s what a few Fidelity employees have to say about Johnson and her team:

“Some really thoughtful improvements by Abby Johnson with the work life balance and tuition reimbursement for young employees. It is a company that wants to do the right thing.” – Fidelity Investments Employee, Boston MA

“Generally I think our senior leadership does a fantastic job and are motivated to do the right things for our clients and our employees.” – Senior Vice President, Westlake, TX

“Excellent management, genuinely care to see you succeed. – Fidelity Investments Employee, location n/a

Lizanne Kindler

Lizanne Kindler, CEO of Talbots – 88% approval

Lizanne Kindler became president of women’s retailer Talbots in August 2012, and she was then promoted to CEO in 2014. Kindler has an 88% CEO rating on Glassdoor, and her employees give Talbots a rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars.

Here’s what Talbots employees are saying about Kindler and her leadership team:

“Lizanne is an incredibly strong and thoughtful leader who seems to inspire everyone, and there is a strong sense of ‘we’re all in this together’ at Talbots.” – Associate Merchant, Hingham, MA

“Amazing CEO and leadership team.” – Associate, Boston, MA

“New senior leadership has been very effective.” – Talbot’s Employee, Hingham, MA

Indra K. Nooyi

Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo – 78% approval

Indra Nooyi has been CEO of PepsiCo since 2006, and has been with the company since 1994. As CEO, Nooyi has been hailed for the way she has restructured the company to focus on more healthy snacks and beverages. Her employees also have positive feedback. Nooyi currently has a CEO rating of 78% among employees, who rate PepsiCo with 3.4 out of 5 stars.

PepsiCo employees have this to say about Nooyi and her leadership team:

“The day-to-day culture is casual and great and the CEO, Indra Nooyi is truly an inspiration.” – Associate Manager, New York, NY

“Very talented senior leadership.” – Executive, New York, NY

Pamela M. (Pam) Nicholson

Pamela M. (Pam) Nicholson, CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car – 86% approval

When she was appointed CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in June of 2013, Pam Nicholson became the highest-ranking woman, not only at Enterprise Holdings, but also in the entire $20-billion U.S. car rental industry. On Glassdoor, Nicholson currently garners an 86% approval rating among employees, who rate Enterprise Rent-A-Car as 3.3 out of 5 stars.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees have 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.” – 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!” – Assistant Manager, location n/a

Melanie Whelan

Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle – 84% approval

Melanie Whelan is CEO of SoulCycle, a fitness company, and at 38 years old she is an up-and-comer to keep an eye on. Whelan currently has an approval of 84%, and employees rate SoulCycle 3.9 out of 5 stars.

Here’s what SoulCycle employees are saying about Whelan and her management:

“The company cares about your personal growth as well as growth with in your current position.” SoulCycle Employee, New York, NY

“Great exec staff (they actually listen to what you have to say)” SoulCycle Employee, New York, NY

[1] Large size companies: CEOs heading companies based in the U.S. with at least 1,000 employees or more. Small and Medium size companies: CEOs of small & medium US-based companies (with less than 1,000 employees).

[2] CEO approval and company ratings as of 2/29/16