Which CEOs Have Been Naughty or Nice According to Their Employees?

Yes, that’s right. It’s that time of year where we’re making our list and checking it twice trying to find out which CEO’s rated on have been naughty or nice in the eyes of their employees this year.

Genentech‘s Art Levinson comes in as the #1 rated CEO (with at least 50 employees) with a 92% approval rating while and Office Depot‘s Steve Odland is the  least popular CEO with the highest disapproval rating of 80%.

NICE: Coming in at second place after Art Levinson is Apple’s Steve Jobs with a 90% approval rating. And despite a volatile year, four out of five Goldman Sachs’ employees approve of the job Lloyd Blankfein is doing.

Here are just a few of the reasons Art Levinson gets ranked so highly in reviews:

“Great products that make a difference in people’s lives, smart, interesting, fun people, company clearly values its employees and takes good care of them, very science and patient-driven, great perks and lovely campus.”

“A lot of employee centric benefits, along with the chance of working for a company that is very cutting edge. The company has a lot of potential for the future, and this is a great place to gain experience and to be able to include as part of my professional resume. This is a very friendly environment where employees are encouraged to network as well as take time off to be able to decompress. Every 6 years, a six week sabbatical is included to coincide with the 5 weeks of vacations that can be accrued for a total of 11 weeks off (that’s nearly 3 months off in 1 year.”

“A strong emphasis on communications and collaboration. A company wide decision-making structure that intrinsically forces authority downward to the lowest possible level providing many opportunities to exercise and test one’s judgment.”

Nice CEOs
Company Company Rating CEO CEO Approval
Rating (%)
Genentech 3.8 Art Levinson 93
Apple 3.8 Steve Jobs 90
Goldman Sachs 3.8 Lloyd C. Blankfein 88
Google 4.0 Eric E. Schmidt 88
Procter & Gamble 4.0 A.G. Lafley 88
McKinsey & Company 4.0 Ian Davis 86
American Express 3.6 Ken Chenault 80
NVIDIA 3.4 Jen-Hsun Huang 80
Adobe 4.2 Shantanu Narayen 79
NetApp 3.9 Dan Warmenhoven 78

NAUGHTY: A Department Manager at Office Depot in Dallas, Texas writes “Fire Odland and kill ridiculous programs like ones listed above. Please, Please, Please give this company back to its workers. The corporate office in Delray Beach, FL is asleep at the wheel and frankly incompetent. Maybe If some of them would listen to or maybe even spend a few hours in a store they would understand their own business a little better. This company will fail If you do not get back to basics! Cheap no hassle prices and fast checkout! NO MORE PROGRAMS PLEASE!”

The naughty list is synonymous with our “Watch List” – a term we coined for the CEOs with the highest disapproval ratings (with at least 50 reviews) and are at risk of being ousted. Other CEOs who’ve made the list, include recent additions like CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau‘s James R. Pouliot (62% disapprove), Amgen‘s Kevin Sharer (54% disapprove), Sun Microsystems‘ Jonathan Schwartz (50% disapprove) and eBay‘s John Donahoe (49% disapprove). RainBird CEO Anthony LaFetra is a “Watch List” veteran who remains a close second, followed by AOL CEO Randy Falco who is the third least popular.

Naughty CEOs
Company Company Rating CEO CEO Approval
Rating (%)
CEO Disapproval Rating (%)
Office Depot 2.2 Steve Odland 4 80
Rain Bird 2.1 Anthony LaFetra 9 75
AOL 2.7 Randy Falco 13 68
Motorola 2.6 Greg Brown 10 66
EDS 2.6 Ron Rittenmeyer 12 65
CSAA Inter-Insurance Bureau 2.2 James R. Pouliot 12 62
Amgen 3.2 Kevin W. Sharer 15 54
Affiliated Computer Services 2.4 Lynn R. Blodgett 10 53
Sun Microsystems 3.2 Jonathan I. Schwartz 26 50
eBay 2.8 John J. Donahoe 20 49

In looking back on our Watch List members this year, a few received their own pink slips.  Any opinions which CEO on the “naughty” list is next?  Anyone else who should be?

*CEO Approval Ratings are based on more than 50 employee reviews