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by Jacob Morgan

I’m a big fan of Glassdoor, the company that provides an amazing level of transparency into what it’s like to work at various organizations. You can get salary information, honest employee reviews, information on the corporate culture, and much more. Glassdoor also has an amazing amount of data and information on what makes a great place to work and what employees care about. Think of it a bit like Yelp for people searching for jobs. They also release their annual “best place to work award” which looks at employee review data to see which companies have the most highest rated employee reviews. Recently Glassdoor released their highest rated CEOs list for 2015 which I wanted to share with you here. These are broken down by small & medium size companies and large companies, I have included both below. So without further adieu, here are the highest rated CEOs of 2015 as ranked by employee reviews on Glassdoor.


Renaud Laplanche Lending Club

Renaud Laplanche of Lending Club                        (Photo credit:


CEOs of small and medium businesses ranked in order of top 10


1 Frank Williams, of Evolent Health, 98% approve

2 Tobias A. Dengel, CEO of WillowTree, 98% approve

3 Renaud Laplanche, CEO of LendingClub, 98% approve

4 Greg Penske, CEO of Penske Motor Group, 98% approve

5 David Durand, CEO of Best Version Media, 98% approve

6 Scott Smith, CEO of OneGuard, 98% approve

7 Kevin Hartz, CEO of Eventbrite, 97% approve

8 John Dowd, CEO of Sundance Vacations, 95% approve

9 Darius John Mirshahzadeh, CEO of Endeavor America Loan Services, 95% approve

10 Brian Halligan, CEO Hubspot, 94% approve


Full list of top 25 CEOs of small and medium size companies is here


CEOs of large organizations ranked in order of top 10

1 Larry Page, CEO of Google, 97% approve

2 Mark G. Parker, CEO of Nike, 97% approve

3 Charles C. Butt, CEO of HEB, 96% approve

4 Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook, 95% approve

5 Scott Scherr, CEO of Ultimate Software, 95% approve

6 Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto Company, 95% approve

7 Lloyd C. Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, 95% approve

8 John E. Schlifske, CEO of Northwestern Mutual, 95% approve

9 Glenn Johnson, CEO of Insight Global, 94% approve

10 Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, 94% approve


Full list of top 50 CEOs for large companies is here


What’s particularly interesting about both of these lists is that there is not a single female on either the top 50 large list or the top 25 small/medium list. However the folks at Glassdoor recently did release the top 5 highest rated women CEOs on Glassdoor. These included:


1 Mary Barra, CEO of GM, 86% approve

2 Pamela Nicholson, CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 84% approve

3 Kay Krill, CEO of Ann Taylor, 84% approve

4 Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, 83% approve

5 Sharen Turney, CEO of Victoria’s Secret Stores, 83% approve


Still even when including the list of top ranked female CEOs, the highest rated female CEO scores lower than the lowest rated CEO from the top two lists. So there is quite a discrepancy between how men and women CEOs are rated which I find rather curious. What do you think of the list? Does anything else catch your attention that is worth pointing out? Let me know in the comments below!



Jacob Morgan is an Author, speaker and futurist. His latest book, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better , and Create a Competitive Organization, explores how the workplace is changing and was endorsed by business leaders such as the Chairman of KPMG, CEO of Whirlpool, CEO of Intuit, CEO of SAP, CEO of Schneider Electric, Gary Hamel, and many others. Jacob also co-founded the FOW Community which is a network of the world’s most forward thinking organizations who come together to explore the future of work. He frequently speaks at conferences and events all over the world and contributes to media publications such as Forbes, the WSJ, USA Today, INC Magazine, CNN, and many others. You can learn more about Jacob and get access to his blog, podcast, and video series by visiting You can also connect with Jacob on Twitter or email him, Jacob [at] TheFutureOrganization [dot] com.


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