Microsoft employees rate Steve Ballmer as worst CEO

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A company rating and review website, Glassdoor.com, regularly quizzes employees of tech companies how they feel about their current CEO asking: "Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company?" Unfortunately for Steve Ballmer, Microsoft employees gave him the lowest approval rating of any tech company. 

Microsoft employees gave Ballmer a 40% approval rating which is down from last years 46%. This is not good news for Ballmer who has already been on the board of directors' naughty list after the failure of the Kin. In 2008, Ballmer said he would retire in 10 years -- with his declining approval rating and recent Kin failure -- another set of mistakes could move that retirement forward a few years. 

The second lowest ranked tech CEO was eBay's John Donahoe, who has an equally appalling 46% approval rating from his employees. This was a big jump in the positive direction for Donahoe, the previous year his approval rating was just 26%. The survey wasn't bad for all tech CEOs though, Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt was given a 96% approval rating, the highest among tech companies. Apple's Steve Jobs was the second highest rated tech CEO with a 95% approval rating from his employees. 

The survey also shows that things have not been going well at Yahoo recently as its CEO, Carol Bartz, has shown the largest decline of all surveyed in approval rating from employees over the last several months. 

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I can't believe Bartz is rated above him though. He hasn't gotten a single successful new product out the door, and meanwhile fired tons of people.

I've worked for psychopaths like Balmer. Trust me, it is not fun. Unfortunately in todays corporate world, psychopaths tend to gravitate to the top.

satukoro said,
I'm still voting for Gates to come back. People seemed to like the company a bit more back then.

I don't think so. MS was much more hated in the 90s than 2011

blahism said,

I don't think so. MS was much more hated in the 90s than 2011

He just seemed like a friendlier CEO. It feels like Ballmer has less of a following.

Microsoft seriously need to work in this otherwise they are going to suffer a serious talent drought which will only worsen their situation.

When google pulls stunts like giving all employee's right down to the cleaners a bonus, and gets ranked as one of the best places to work, people desire working there, your top talent aspires to head there, and they can head hunt who ever they want with healthy stock options and endless prospects for growth.

Who leaves college these days thinking 'I want to work for Microsoft!' I'm pretty sure the only staff they end up with are those they head hunt, who are basically whats left after google, apple and facebook have had their pick, and people who need a job, which are those passed over by the other big 3.

If I were running MS I would do something drastic, they already tried to buy facebook and thankfully failed, but they are a sizeable investor. I would leverage that, and try to merge. Facebook is currently the smaller company yes, but they are growing, and generate far more revenue per head than MS.

Create a social OS, social gaming console, be THE social phone provider through nokia. Something radical and revolutionary is the only hope MS has because they need to turn heads and stop the future talent flocking to google, apple and facebook.

But then maybe there is a reason I'm not a billionaire CEO

I would rather work at MS than Google

I bet most of the "Reviews" are just investors or people looking to get rich. For people actually interested in a "work life balance" the last company they would rate highly is APPLE or GOOGLE

I've never liked Ballmer. Seems like a hothead. Although Microsoft has done really well for itself in recent years in its flagship products (Windows, XBox, and Office) the company has neglected its mobile platform. There also seems to be a strong disconnection between all the various groups at MS.

I don't think Microsoft should be there trying to compete with Apple in Phone segments, Tablets etc. Microsoft was always Software company. I believe key thing for Microsoft is to push PC as ultimate platform for Gaming, Professional Work, and Entertainment in General. At the end of day Apple Phone or Tablet is just little stupid thing with all its limitations which will never be able to compete Windows. I played with iPad and after hour you realize, what a stupid crap this is, absolutely useless for anything.

techguy77 said,
I don't think Microsoft should be there trying to compete with Apple in Phone segments, Tablets etc. Microsoft was always Software company. I believe key thing for Microsoft is to push PC as ultimate platform for Gaming, Professional Work, and Entertainment in General. At the end of day Apple Phone or Tablet is just little stupid thing with all its limitations which will never be able to compete Windows. I played with iPad and after hour you realize, what a stupid crap this is, absolutely useless for anything.

Shows what you know. All kinds of applications for the iPad and the tablet form factor are cropping up everywhere. There are a lot of instances where computing needs to be done while on the feet. Just about every other form factor requires someone to be sitting in order to supply input and receive output from a computing device.

Beyond that, when was the last time you read a magazine comfortably from your PC? Try that with an iPad or some other tablet now. There is quite a bit of difference there.

Microsoft can't stay focused on the PC or else they will be left behind.

Shadrack said,

Shows what you know. All kinds of applications for the iPad and the tablet form factor are cropping up everywhere. There are a lot of instances where computing needs to be done while on the feet. Just about every other form factor requires someone to be sitting in order to supply input and receive output from a computing device.

Beyond that, when was the last time you read a magazine comfortably from your PC? Try that with an iPad or some other tablet now. There is quite a bit of difference there.

Microsoft can't stay focused on the PC or else they will be left behind.


do you realize that Apple did not invent tablet form factor and also specifically slate? also do you realize the difference about computing capabilities of iPad compared to PC?

They had Ozzie which was suppose to reinvent Microsoft but the old guard refuse to leave so nothing change and Ozzie got tired of it and left. If the old guard would retire and they got some new blood I bet Microsoft would rock. Now all they do is maintain status quo or play catchup.

example by the time they make Windows work on the tablet or ipad type of device they will have lost the market. Time to get a CEO that is on the cutting edge not lagging behind.

Eric Schmidt was going slowly downhill and he's already replaced as CEO.
It looks like Google have higher standards than MS.

It's bad when an approval rating is below 50% for a CEO, but at the same time, I worry about approval ratings above 95%. I can't imagine a working environment where virtually everyone adores their boss. It's not natural, and the only way it seems like it could work is if they're given a crapload of freedom, in which case--what's the management doing?

Jarrichvdv said,
Bill Gates is boring. I REAAAALLY like Steve Ballmer. And I'm bloody serious.

Yeah he is but he does a lot for charity and I have respect for him for that. Steve Ballmer makes me laugh with his bold approch and to the point.

Because for Google they don't included all technicians that keep all their datacenter up and running but executives and people of HQ (those guys that spend the whole day playing with a ball).

I have noticed over the last year plenty of Arsians (ars technica) saying Ballmer needs to be fired...yesterday. Cant say I disagree! The man is an embarrassment to Microsoft. Should have been canned eons ago.

why do we need CEOs... couldnt all the devs just ditch them for more money then discuss their plans around a Natural User Interface table

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