Outsiders may question Mark Zuckerberg's leadership from time to time, but it seems that inside of Facebook, he can do no wrong.
The 28-year-old Facebook CEO topped Glassdoor's list of the highest-rated chief executives. Zuckerberg got a 99% approval rating, a 14% jump over last year. Glassdoor, which bases its rankings on anonymous reviews by employees, quoted one Facebook employee as saying that Facebook provides "An open community from Zuck on down. Mutual trust companywide and sense of community and drive, instilled by our CEO, who we all truly respect." Comparatively, Google CEO Larry Page clocked in at No. 11 with 95%. Amazon's Jeff Bezos was No. 16 with 93%. Apple CEO Tim Cook came in at No. 18 with 93%.
After Zuckerberg, the rest of the top 10 included, in order:
- Bill McDermott & Jim Hagemann Snabe, SAP (99%)
- Dominic Barton, McKinsey & Co. (97%)
- Jim Turley, Ernst & Young (96%)
- John E. Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual (96%)
- Frank D’Souza, Cognizant Technology Solutions (96%)
- Joe Tucci, EMC (96%)
- Paul E. Jacobs, Qualcomm (95%)
- Richard K. Davis, U.S. Bank (95%)
- Pierre Nanterme, Accenture (95%)
Despite Zuckerberg's high approval on this list, not everyone has been a fan. Last August, a few months after the company's disastrous IPO, The Los Angeles Times quoted four prominent investors who argued that Zuckerberg was in over his head and he should hand over the reins to someone else.
One caveat on the study: Glassdoor doesn't outline its methodology, so it's not clear how many people were surveyed. Zuckerberg's ranking may have been based on a relatively small number of employees vs. a large amount for Page and Cook. Glassdoor claims it has received more than 500,000 company reviews over the last 12 months.