Microsoft employee approval rating of Ballmer, company increase


Microsoft employees had a more favorable opinion of CEO Steve Ballmer in 2012 compared to 2011.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's come under fire in recent years from investors wanting him ousted, but it appears Microsoft employees' faith in their company's leader is growing rapidly.

According to data Glassdoor provided the Puget Sound Business Journal, Ballmer's employee approval rating skyrocketed from 2011 to 2012, going from just 35 percent to 52 percent. Ballmer's employee approval rating dropped to 48 percent as of this month, however.

Ballmer's approval rating wasn't the only good news for the company, as Microsoft employees also improved their overall rating of the company. That rating went from 3.4 out of 5 in 2011 to 3.7 out of 5 last year, although it too has dropped as of this month – it's now at 3.5 out of 5.

Anonymous company approval ratings from Microsoft employees on Glassdoor can be seen here.

Despite the positive reviews from his employees, Ballmer still faces external pressure. CNBC, for instance, ranked Microsoft's chief executive as the second-worst CEO of 2012. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates appears to still support Ballmer, though, as it was reported he concurred with Ballmer's controversial decision to ask Windows Division leader Steven Sinofsky to leave the company. Sinofsky was widely viewed as a potential successor to Ballmer for the CEO position.

Source: Puget Sound Business Journal | Image via Microsoft

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I mean it is not like the guy totally missed the move to phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. It is not like the guy who missed how important search and location services would become. it is not like the who guy missed how critical voice search would be.

Ballmer has wrecked MSFT. he needs to go period. Google, Android, i-gear all happened under Ballmer's watch. Where MSFT produced nothing more than mediocre late products.

any CEO on earth with such a bad head for the future should be let go. The only reason he is around is because MSFT is so dominant it can't help but to shower money.

I think park of MS problems are behind them, and they left with Steven Sinofsky.
Why do I say this? He had singular control over large portions of MS's IP - mainly Windows OS. He didn't play well with other groups within MS, and he blocked internal research projects that could have developed into new technologies.

MS's internal structure also doesn't lend well to a cohesiveness of their operations, because internally, project teams compete for focus and resources. If the project team leader has great vision but lacks the knowledge/understanding of have to navigate the internal political morass that is MS, they get starved of resources and ultimately consumed by other projects.

IMO, internally, things at MS need to change for them to return to industry dominance -- that or they'll slowly die.

How did Microsoft miss the move to tablets and phones? Microsoft was pushing tablets consistently from 2001 on. And they were past version 6 of their mobile OS by the time smartphones became popular.

MS's internal structure also doesn't lend well to a cohesiveness of their operations, because internally, project teams compete for focus and resources

Which is exactly why you need someone like Sinofsky or Jobs to shut down those competing visions that just result in projects not shipping and teams working on incompatible redundant projects. Longhorn.

Avatar Roku said,
How did Microsoft miss the move to tablets and phones? Microsoft was pushing tablets consistently from 2001 on. And they were past version 6 of their mobile OS by the time smartphones became popular.

Which is exactly why you need someone like Sinofsky or Jobs to shut down those competing visions that just result in projects not shipping and teams working on incompatible redundant projects. Longhorn.

I agree, but what MS needs is a strong personality at the top (I don't see Steve Ballmer as this type of manager), who rules from on high ala Jobs, rather than business unit VPs (Sinofsky), attempting to achieve their vision of MS from their unit's perspective by protecting his or her's rice bowl. In the end, these rouge VPs have a negative effect that impacts the entire company. It's my opinion, but I believe that this is THE reason he's not there anymore.

There's no reason they can't all just get along. Get **** done, and still deliver great software.

Edited by ahinson, Jan 16 2013, 9:39pm :

Considering what Microsoft is doing now with Windows, Xbox, and Windows Phone, the man has guts. He's steering Microsoft in a new direction, and despite anger, angst, and other banter, he's sticking with that course.

I like where MS is going. Love my ATIV S, and Surface, and at work over 200 people have had me install Windows 8 and I have yet to have to reinstall windows xp or 7 on any of them.

MS were all over the place years ago but now they seem to pulling it all together. Ballmer was in charge of good and bad times but they seemed to do okay. I would argue if their current plans fail, he should probably go.

I think the worst ideas recently are Windows Phone and Windows RT, names that is, the software is 1.0 which is annoying but on the track they needed to be. Names are so wrong and missed opportunity.

WooHoo!!! said,
MS were all over the place years ago but now they seem to pulling it all together. Ballmer was in charge of good and bad times but they seemed to do okay. I would argue if their current plans fail, he should probably go.

I think the worst ideas recently are Windows Phone and Windows RT, names that is, the software is 1.0 which is annoying but on the track they needed to be. Names are so wrong and missed opportunity.

Having different stores is not a great idea either.

There should be one windows store for all hardwares (Phone, RT, XBox). If you buy Angry bird for your phone and it is also avalaible for xbox live then you don't have to buy it again. Sorta like Steam for PC, Mac and Linux. Buy once play everywhere it is avalaible.

I also think they are still going in a good direction, they are innovative, but I wish there were even more (!) continuity between their products/teams.

The guy has no vision into the future and a different way of doing things. He's very focused on profit margins, old school tactics and just plain, boring products. I hope 2013 is a turn for MS.

We shall see, but things like being focused on profit margins are something you should want in the leader of your company. A good leader knows when to let others do the work they're not good at, and I think Microsoft is starting to do just that lately. Whether or not the good or the bad is Ballmer's doing, he will get the credit or blame for it (and deservedly so - the man at the top is in charge). I think Microsoft's current trends with it's products ARE the vision of the future - cloud services, mobile form factors and OSes, and consumerization of computing. That's just one man's opinion, of course.

Why is anyone surprised by this? Ballmer GAVE every single MS employee a brand new Windows Surface RT for FREE. Of course they love him..

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