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Tim Cook Voted Best CEO, Beats Jobs in Approval Ratings

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Jobs and careers community GlassDoor has just released its latest list of the Top 25 Highest Rated CEOs and Tim Cook has topped the list.

Apple CEO Tim Cook hasn't even been on the job for a year, but already he's snagged the title of 'World's Best CEO.' Based entirely on employee feedback, GlassDoor's list includes current CEOs with at least 100 ratings from their own employees over the past year. Workers are asked just one question during the CEO survey: Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company? And, according to the results, Apple employees are happier with Tim Cook's leadership than they were with Steve Jobs. GlassDoor reports that not only did Tim Cook place at number one on its list of top CEOs, he received a higher approval rating than his predecessor. While Steve Jobs' had a cumulative rating of 97 percent when he stepped down, his March 2010 - 2011 rating was 95 percent. Tim Cook's rating sits 2 percent higher, at 97 percent.

Cook is joined in the top five by Ernst & Young CEO Jim Turley at number two (95 percent approval, up 12 percentage points from last year), Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs at number three (95 percent approval and an increase of 7 percentage points over the previous year), American Express CEO Ken Chenault at number four (94 percent approval and an increase of 5 points), and Google CEO Larry Page at number five with 94 percent approval. Larry Page is also newly-appointed, having been CEO of Google for just shy of one year. However, his approval rating is lower than Eric Schmidt. For the period started March 16, 2010 through to March 15, 2011, Schmidt had an approval rating of 96 percent. This 2-point drop represents the only decline in the top five companies.

The only woman to make the list was Meg Whitman, who placed 24th and scored an approval rating of 80 percent. This is up from former CEO Leo Apotheker's rating of 67 percent.

Check out the full list here.

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    lahawzel , April 3, 2012 5:10 PM
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    jellico , April 3, 2012 6:02 PM
    Beating Jobs isn't exactly a sterling benchmark since the vast majority of people who ever worked for him thought he was a a-hole of epic proportions. There are stories of employees who were afraid of being in an elevator with Jobs because, in past situations when he was in a bad mood, it wasn't uncommon for people to find themselves unemployed by the time the elevator reach its destination.

    Jobs wasn't a titan... he was a tyrant.
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    lahawzel , April 3, 2012 5:10 PM
    Tom's Apple News
    The Authority on Macs
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    TeraMedia , April 3, 2012 5:30 PM
    icolytes unite!

    The Kool-aid is strong with this one.
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    jaquith , April 3, 2012 5:38 PM
    Being a CEO isn't a popularity contest; a Titan vs Mr. Nice Guy. It's about profit, obliteration of competition, and increasing your companies market share. Since I own stock I want a Titan.

    Jobs & Gates were Titans during their reign.
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    madooo12 , April 3, 2012 5:58 PM
    aicomTim Cook is the harbinger of a new era for Apple. Let's hope they continue to move technology forward, but put a stop to their little patent troll legal department. For those who think Apple is a closed source patent troll, check out http://opensource.apple.com . Apple has more FOSS than most software companies.

    WOW, so apple made python, SQLite, ruby...

    those are only projects which come with OSX, not programs made by apple, the only opensource project apple made was webkit, which was forked from another opensource project -KHTML-
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    DroKing , April 3, 2012 6:00 PM
    Lol and Apple still suck. Whats the point of this? *snore*
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    jellico , April 3, 2012 6:02 PM
    Beating Jobs isn't exactly a sterling benchmark since the vast majority of people who ever worked for him thought he was a a-hole of epic proportions. There are stories of employees who were afraid of being in an elevator with Jobs because, in past situations when he was in a bad mood, it wasn't uncommon for people to find themselves unemployed by the time the elevator reach its destination.

    Jobs wasn't a titan... he was a tyrant.
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    phatboe , April 3, 2012 6:04 PM
    Tim cook has been CEO for a few months how can he already be at the top? Not to say he won't do good things, but give him time.
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    hotsacoman , April 3, 2012 6:06 PM
    jaquithBeing a CEO isn't a popularity contest; a Titan vs Mr. Nice Guy. It's about profit, obliteration of competition, and increasing your companies market share. Since I own stock I want a Titan.Jobs & Gates were Titans during their reign.


    That's what it has been up to this point, but it seems that the old ways are changing. There is more camaraderie amongst CEO and those down the chain. Let's hope that it keeps going this way because the company will benefit more if everybody in it is being looked out for and compensated.
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    gm0n3y , April 3, 2012 6:19 PM
    I'm a bit of an Apple hater, but Tim Cook is a huge improvement over Jobs. He has actually started talking to competitors to resolve disputes.
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    frombehind , April 3, 2012 6:20 PM
    Hmm, rumors suggest that Jobs was actually an A-hole to his employees behind closed doors... beating that shouldn't be too hard.
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    aicom , April 3, 2012 6:30 PM
    madooo12WOW, so apple made python, SQLite, ruby...those are only projects which come with OSX, not programs made by apple, the only opensource project apple made was webkit, which was forked from another opensource project -KHTML-


    Nobody said Apple did anything like that except you. I don't know how people understood it, but I meant OS X's kernel and drivers are open source (unlike Windows). Apple is also the main force behind LLVM and its adoption so don't forget about that.
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    willard , April 3, 2012 6:31 PM
    For those talking about how Jobs was a notorious asshole (and he was), that's not what this is about. It's about how much employees agree with how the CEO is running the company, not how much they like working with them or hanging out.

    Steve Jobs did amazing things for Apple, which is why he had such a high approval rating. He turned the company around from being the laughing stock of the tech world to one of the most profitable companies in history. That's going to earn you strong marks in "Am I good at running this company."
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    Vladislaus , April 3, 2012 7:19 PM
    aicomTim Cook is the harbinger of a new era for Apple. Let's hope they continue to move technology forward, but put a stop to their little patent troll legal department. For those who think Apple is a closed source patent troll, check out http://opensource.apple.com . Apple has more FOSS than most software companies.

    You do know that tons of stuff listed there the code doesn't even belong to Apple. And because of that Apple is forced to provide all changes it made to the code. Also Microsoft also has a huge list of FOSS, does this mean it's not a mostly closed source company?
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    aicom , April 3, 2012 7:29 PM
    VladislausYou do know that tons of stuff listed there the code doesn't even belong to Apple. And because of that Apple is forced to provide all changes it made to the code. Also Microsoft also has a huge list of FOSS, does this mean it's not a mostly closed source company?


    Seems I open up quite the can of worms... I'm not comparing Apple to the likes of GNU or anything to that effect. The real idea I was trying to put forward was the huge disconnect between the developers and the lawyers. The lawyers are suing for patents while the developers are handing out code to anyone who wants it.

    Finally in reply,
    I am aware as I posted above. I am also aware that they are required to post changes to software licensed in certain ways (GPL), but there is also plenty of software up there that has no requirement to be open source such as their own in-house drivers.

    Microsoft also does support some open source (Hyper-V in Linux for example). The WDK has plenty of driver examples, but none are actually legal to use in another open source project (not copyleft).

    I guess I'm sort of skewed being a low level OS developer, I see fully open source drivers and I don't care much about the layers above. In this way, Apple does best Microsoft. Apple has open source Darwin, Microsoft has no open source NT kernel.
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    killerclick , April 3, 2012 7:52 PM
    I couldn't articulate why exactly I hate Apple and their products until I read Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson. It's the whole design philosophy underlying their entire product line that I find offensive - the walled garden, end-to-end approach with tight control over everything they can have control over. Sure, it can provide a better user experience (as it did in case of many Apple products), but it's exactly the wrong approach with people like me.
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    Vladislaus , April 3, 2012 8:03 PM
    aicomSeems I open up quite the can of worms... I'm not comparing Apple to the likes of GNU or anything to that effect. The real idea I was trying to put forward was the huge disconnect between the developers and the lawyers. The lawyers are suing for patents while the developers are handing out code to anyone who wants it.Finally in reply,I am aware as I posted above. I am also aware that they are required to post changes to software licensed in certain ways (GPL), but there is also plenty of software up there that has no requirement to be open source such as their own in-house drivers.Microsoft also does support some open source (Hyper-V in Linux for example). The WDK has plenty of driver examples, but none are actually legal to use in another open source project (not copyleft).I guess I'm sort of skewed being a low level OS developer, I see fully open source drivers and I don't care much about the layers above. In this way, Apple does best Microsoft. Apple has open source Darwin, Microsoft has no open source NT kernel.

    But then again the NT kernel isn't based of the Mach kernel and FreeBSD. Apple is a large cooperation like Microsoft and others. They only release the source code of projects that they are forced to release it and projects that it's in their best interest to be open sourced. All the rest is closed source.
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    shin0bi272 , April 3, 2012 8:09 PM
    from 1985-2000 apple was a company with a stock price of around 10 bucks a share. Then jobs sees the new mp3 players from creative and rio and redesigns them into the ipod. Everyone likes the design, the capacity, and operation. And even though it costs much more than the other guys its more popular. Then jobs sees the cell phone market in 06 or 07 and decides hes going to reinvent the cellphone. He took the concept of the PDA with a touch screen display and added it to a blackberry level smart phone. Due to the previous popularity of the ipod the iphone quickly shoots to the top of the sales charts (taking their stock price with it). Then theres the stretched out ipod touch that is the ipad which broke apple into the tablet market, and as the front runner in 3 markets. That's the good news.

    The downside is with every breakout design you have imitators and occasionally (android) those imitators end up being superior. Plus with Jobs' strict adherence to the policy of "apple should make all its own software" for so long he really painted the company into a corner. It was only after they released a portable device that didnt need any outside software to be useful (the ipod), and they could control every aspect of and no one worried about it, that they started becoming popular. With the death of their visionary megalomaniac leader, apple's future might seem bright for now but soon other companies will innovate their products past the capacity of apple to change the game and apple will go back to being a 10 dollar a share stock.
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    slabbo , April 3, 2012 9:43 PM
    no surprise here. Hell, even I can do better than a dead guy.
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    aicom , April 3, 2012 10:11 PM
    Let's just hope Cook will end the "thermonuclear war" on Android. It's not a stolen product. As shin0bi272 points out, it is an imitator but that's why the US patent system is broken. Imitators often take the product to heights it would have never reached. Most people forget that Mac OS predates Windows, but now I'd say that Windows is the superior OS of the two (I'm not counting Linux here). Android was created after the iPhone came out and it has come to a point where I would gladly toss out my iPhone for a new ICS Galaxy Nexus.
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