The psychological impact of Microsoft’s job cuts is still rippling through the company’s workforce, but CEO Satya Nadella has the advantage of a very high approval ratings from employees prior to the cuts.
Numbers provided to GeekWire by the Glassdoor employment review and ratings site put Nadella’s cumulative approval rating at 88 percent.
That’s well above the average CEO approval rating of 69 percent, and twice the approval rating of Nadella’s predecessor, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who clocked in at 44 percent prior to his departure.
The numbers suggest that many of the employees who remain will be inclined to be on board with his vision for the company, and willing to bear with the situation as Microsoft goes through a difficult transition.
Nadella’s approval rating doesn’t yet reflect any negative implications from the layoffs announced yesterday, but that should be interesting to watch in the weeks and months ahead, as the changes roll out.
The new Microsoft CEO was publicly praised by former colleagues when he took the job. One of his advantages in trying to overhaul the company is his experience in the trenches as an engineering leader.