Last week, Glassdoor, an online community where employees can anonymously post an insider’s review of what it’s like for their employer, released its annual report of the Highest Rated CEOs for 2014. This list, determined by the people who work for them, ranks the top 50 CEOs at large companies (1,000 or more employees) as well as the top 25 CEOs heading small & medium-sized companies (fewer than 1,000 employees).
Are you wondering which big name CEOs tops the list for large companies? Take a look.
Coming in at number one is the chief of LinkedIn, Jeff Weiner, with a perfect approval rating of 100%. The Wharton School graduate held various leadership roles at Yahoo! before joining LinkedIn in 2008. Under his watch, LinkedIn has become a publically traded company on the New York Stock Exchange, made a number of acquisitions, including SlideShare (known as “the YouTube of slideshows”), and seen its membership grow from 55 million to 277 million users.
Alan Mulally became CEO of the Ford Motor Company in 2006, but it wasn’t until the 2008 economic downturn that Mulally emerged as a top-tier CEO. His seemingly desperate move to mortgage all of Ford’s assets to the tune of $23.6 billion in 2006 drew criticism originally. However, the funds were used to successfully restructure Ford; the company returned to profitability after years of losses, and Ford was the only auto manufacturer of the Big Three to not go bankrupt or require a government bailout.
Public relations company Edelman was founded by Daniel Edelman in 1952. Years later, his son Richard Edelman, would take over as CEO and lead the company during the rise of the Internet and social media. In 2004, Richard launched a blog, becoming one of the first CEOs to do so.
John Schlifske joined Northwestern Mutual in 1987 as an Investment Specialist before moving up to management and executive roles, eventually being appointed CEO of the financial services company in 2009. Schlifske holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carleton College and a master’s degree in finance and accounting from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Paul Jacobs rounds out the top 5 with a 95% approval rating from Glassdoor users. Appointed to the position of CEO of semiconductor and telecommunications equipment manufacturer Qualcomm in 2005, Jacobs spearheaded the company’s push to commercialize many mobile technologies that are standard today, including the incorporation of GPS on mobile devices as well as over-the-air app downloads.
Jacobs, who holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering and computer science, recently stepped down as CEO, making way for COO Steve Mollenkopf to take over in March 2014. Jacobs now serves as the Executive Chairman of Qualcomm.
Want to know where Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Marissa Mayer rank? Take a look at the entire list below!