The technology industry makes another strong showing among the 100 top CEOs of 2018 in the new Employees’ Choice Awards from Glassdoor, the jobs and recruiting website.
With 26 CEOs on the list, tech was well represented, and four CEOS in the top 10 are the heads of tech companies, including No. 1, Zoom Video Communications’ Eric S. Yuan (99 percent CEO approval rating); No. 3, DocuSign’s Daniel Springer (99 percent approval); No. 8, LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner (97 percent approval); and No. 10, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff (97 percent approval).
DocuSign CEO Springer’s story is especially remarkable, having gone from a stay-at-home dad to the CEO of a newly public company in a little more than a year. Springer joined DocuSign in January 2017 after a long search by the digital signature giant to find a replacement for previous CEO Keith Krach. DocuSign was founded in Seattle and later moved its headquarters to San Francisco but still has a large presence in its original hometown.
Among Seattle-area CEOs, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella ranked the highest at No. 20, with a 96 percent approval rating. Of the 15 CEOs who are recognized by employees in multiple countries, Nadella was the only one to show up on five lists — U.S. large companies, Canada, U.K., France and Germany.
Glassdoor’s rankings were calculated and provided to the media prior to the current controversy over Microsoft’s contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Some employees are urging Nadella to cancel the contract amid the uproar over ICE’s practice of separating families and children at the border. In a message to employees Tuesday evening, Nadella called the policy “cruel and abhorrent” but didn’t directly address the calls to cancel the contract, instead saying that Microsoft technology isn’t aiding ICE in the practice.
The other Seattle-area CEOs recognized are: T-Mobile’s John Legere, No. 36, (94 percent approval); Slalom’s Brad Jackson, No. 39, (94 percent approval); Costco Wholesale’s Craig Jelinek, No. 83, (92 percent approval); Nordstrom’s Blake W. Nordstrom, No. 89, (91 percent approval).
Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their CEO’s leadership, along with insight into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.
Here’s the top 10 (at U.S. companies with 1,000 or more employees):
- Zoom Video Communications’ Eric S. Yuan (99 percent approval)
- Boston Scientific’s Michael F. Mahoney (99 percent approval)
- DocuSign’s Daniel Springer (99 percent approval)
- In-N-Out Burger’s Lynsi Snyder (99 percent approval)
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s James Downing (98 percent approval)
- Power Home Remodeling’s Corey Schiller and Asher Raphael (98 percent approval)
- H E B’s Charles C. Butt (98 percent approval)
- LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner (97 percent approval)
- Wegmans Food Markets’ Colleen Wegman (97 percent approval)
- Salesforce’s Marc Benioff (97 percent approval)
Glassdoor said Apple’s Tim Cook had the distinction of being the tech CEO with the biggest decrease in rankings, as he fell 43 spots from No. 53 in 2017 to No. 96 overall in 2018.
Click here for more on Glassdoor’s methodology.