Steve Ballmer fails to break into 50 Highest-Rated CEOs list

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has failed to make it into Glassdoor's 50 Highest-Rated CEOs for 2013 list, falling well short of the approval ratings of other CEOs in the technology industry. Many well-known names made it onto the list, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who ranked first with a 99% approval rating; Google CEO Larry Page, #11 with a 95% approval; and Apple CEO Tim Cook, #18 with 93% approval.

A quick peek at Microsoft's company page on Glassdoor reveals that Steve Ballmer's approval rating is only 47%, well short of the 80% approval required to make the Highest-Rated CEOs list. As employees of the company are asked whether they approve of their CEO's leadership, it's apparent that Microsoft workers have mixed reactions in regards to Ballmer and his ability to run Microsoft.

On the other hand, a number of chief executives from other tech companies did manage to make the list with high approval ratings. Those CEOs are as follows:

  • #1 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (99% approval)
  • #8 Qualcomm CEO Paul E. Jacobs (95% approval)
  • #11 Google CEO Larry Page (95% approval)
  • #12 Citrix CEO Mark B. Templeton (95% approval)
  • #13 Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff (94% approval)
  • #15 NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang (94% approval)
  • #16 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (93% approval)
  • #17 Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg (93% approval)
  • #18 Apple CEO Tim Cook (93% approval)
  • #21 Intel CEO Paul S. Otellini (91% approval)
  • #22 NetApp CEO Tom Georgens (91% approval)
  • #23 Intuit CEO Brad Smith (91% approval)
  • #45 Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor (82% approval)
  • #46 Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (82% approval)
  • #49 Dell CEO Michael Dell (81% approval)

Source: Glassdoor via WinBeta

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Was anyone really expecting him to be on that list in the first place..? I mean really.

I love Microsoft but every time I think of Ballmer, I think of the videos I saw of him bouncing around on the stage and yelling like he was on some crazy drug..

CEO's heads are usually considered ripped for the chop when a company financial results take a dramatic hit with no foreseeable improvement on sight. Microsoft is not in that position yet or likely to be in the next couple of years but the cozy years for Microsoft are well and truly over. Google is seriously challenging the future of the Windows division on every front and Ballmer and Co are clearly making too many mistakes to steer the mighty ship out of the rocks where is heading. The general strategy of the company regarding Windows Phone and Windows 8 is correct but their implementation into a successful market product is deeply flawed. Not only a teenager reading Tech blogs would have done a far better job than Ballmer at selling phones and tablets he also also managed to **** off his traditional core PC users -myself included- with his brilliant idea of forcing a touch based interface onto a device not intended to be used with keyboard. The pathetic way in which they try to imitate Apple at every level instead of working out a sensible plan for the future suggest that he definitely has lost his grip on reality and he's just fumbling around with marketing gimmicks. Surface in particular is a case in point; 4 months old the market and 1 million units sold worldwide! (after an unprecedented marketing campaign) against 22 million by Apple in the same period. A phenomenal failure for a product that with the inclusion of Office should had attracted far more interest should it had been priced and featured more sensibly. And what about surface pro; the real thing, as they say, it will flop again because Microsoft is asking 900 bucks for what it is essentially an underpowered laptop. When you are so far behind in market share your primary consideration should be trying to steal it away from your competitors offering products that represent more value for money or extra value for your money. Microsoft is doing exactly the opposite. And let's not talk about Windows Phone. Another product with great potential that they still don't know how to sell properly... Enough said, I do really worry about the future of Windows, the iphone and the ipad did catch everyone by surprise but look at the diverging fortunes of Android and Windows and you'll see how so much agile and sharper Google's moves had been compared to Microsoft's beatings around the bush. It's time for the loud and clueless baldy to go. I think.

haha, Google is a threat to the Windows division.
Windows Phone yes, Windows itself, no... not by a long shot.

Surface... MS created a new billion dollar division in the course of 4 months. It might not have been the most successful launch of any device in history. But creating a whole new division with over a billion USD revenue over the course of less then 6 months... is impressive. Keep in mind this was not a market hijacking oriented device. It started to set a standard, and only in recent time starts to be 'an actual product'. Plus the limited distribution has held back allot of sales to, compared to an iPad which you get with subscriptions to virtually anything (magazines, education, a roll of toilet paper).
Microsoft is a software company, Apple is a hardware company and Google a fancy advertisement bureau.

Google's recent actions show they fear Windows Phone, why would they if according to you and many... Android has nothing to fear. Even though its most likely not Windows Phone that will kill a big Android marketshare. Google has bigger fish to worry about with Android then trying to push Windows Phone back out of the market.

Nice try though.

Ha, ha, yes Google is right now the one having a laugh and Microsoft the one hot under the collar. And yes my good humoured friend, Android is a direct threat to the Windows division if Windows is expected to remain a consumer brand and not cobbled into the corporate market and hardcore gamers. Windows fortunes have been married to that of the PC. In case you haven't noticed the PC era is now gone, something that it is not open to partisan disputes; everyone accepts it -starting with Ballmer and Co. hence the rush to come up with a contender in the tablet arena- although it is not clear to which extent is the PC market going to shrink. But it is going to shrink, and failing to gain a foothold in the tablet market would be seriously bad news to Microsoft, having already failing massively in the phone market. The best estimates put MS market share of tables on around 15% a few years down the line. At the moment it hasn't even have a foothold, it is a total non-entity at around 3%. Many people are seeing the writing on the wall and shouting their warnings on the impending calamity. Surface was a right, albeit late, move for Microsoft, but you must be one of Ballmers family member's not to see that it hasn't been a success and with that clever pricing strategy it will never be.
The worry are not the many mistakes being made at a critical time where few can be afforded, the worry is that no one at Microsoft seems focused enough, smart enough to have noticed them when industry experts, commentators and many consumers had already anticipated them months in advance.
Even PC users who had not intention or desire to buy a tablet have been punished and crushed by Microsoft incompetence at the top. I was going to buy windows 8 but after experiencing with it for 3 months I decided to stick with windows 7 for the foreesable future. Ms used to develop Windows with a sensitive ear for their customers feedback; now is busy twisting their arms to push where they do not want to go, because that's what Apple has so successfully done. But Ms has certainly not sexy "appleal" and won't get away with it. PC users want freedom and a bit of respect and at the moment I don't feel we are getting much from Microsoft. If they don't start to do it soon and come up with better ideas that the competition Google smiles are going to turn into a big laughter. Its software maybe inferior to that of Microsoft, but perhaps more suited to the very limited needs of the increasing number of people that from now on won't be buying a pc for browsing the internet or connecting to Facebook. And there is one big reason why manufactures may decide to ship their devices with Google's rather than Microsoft's software on board: is free.

Ballmer needs to go, his company is under siege yet they are moving so slow and in some cases backwards. Not the sign of good leadership.

You know I see a lot of talk about how slow MS is moving, but I've seen enough cases of people flipping out online about stuff not getting done and then see it just get done. Case in point, people were bitching about MS not doing enough to get things like the UNity engine up and running and low and behold a month later Unity games begin showing up in the WIndows store.

That being said I think Ballmer needs to retire just because he's a sign of the old MS. I really think MS could also find a leader with a real sharp clear vision of the product they want to sell and also how they will get it sold. MS really feels like they are counting on general corporate momentum to do a lot of the work for them with some minor nudging in certain directions. I think they've got products to sell now they just need someone to really push everything to the next paradigm.

You see it being said because that is what is needed to get Microsoft competitive. The Unity game is not something MS did, WP supports it so it was just a matter of a dev being interested enough. But when you look at recent products like WP, in its 3rd year and still missing basic features in the core OS, Windows 8 basically unfinished with the core app particularly poor, and the shining turd that Is Xbox music where you cant even get correct album art for your songs.

A good leader would look at the state of their products, how their competitors are ahead and selling more and how slowly they are responding and take appropriate action. A good leader would also not look at the state of the market and consider it acceptable to release products that are so uncompetitive. That's why he has to go, there is no unified effort by Microsoft as a company to compete with apple and google so they are getting left behind. New, young blood would energize and motivate Microsoft to at least start using all their assets together to compete more aggressively.

efjay said,
Ballmer needs to go, his company is under siege yet they are moving so slow and in some cases backwards. Not the sign of good leadership.

^This 100%

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has a 99% approval rating, and is at #1? Apple at #18? Intel at #21? Oracle? And others? I see a lot of companies with very disappointed shareholders... holding shares that have been significantly hurt recently.

rfirth said,
Oh, this is employee ratings... not investor satisfaction ratings

My guess is that the survey was based on shareholders Zuckenberg would have got a single digit approval rate...

I don't find that particularly surprising, bearing in mind that this is based on employee ratings. He might not be popular from the point of his (very picky) customers and the botched IPO, but as far as I'm aware, Facebook is a great place to work, he's a good boss, and the company makes money too, can't argue with that.