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Steve Ballmer's Popularity Within Microsoft Takes a Dive

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It's not the best way for Steve Ballmer to end the year and it certainly raises questions how long Steve Ballmer will still work for Microsoft.

Glassdoor.com released its "Naughty and Nice" list for IT CEOs and Steve Ballmer is among those whose ratings declined notably during the year.

Steve Ballmer's approval rating among Microsoft declined to 35 percent from 49 percent last year. Only two CEOs in the list are rated worse - Yahoo's Timothy Morse at 31 percent and Xerox' Ursula Burns at 28 percent. The highest rated CEOs are National Instruments' James Truchard, and NetApp's Tome Georgens - both received a 100 percent approval rating. Tim Cook (Apple, 96 percent), Aart de Geus (Synopsys, 96 percent), Paul Otellini (Intel, 93 percent), Alfred Grasso (Mitre, 92 percent), Larry Page (Google, 92 percent), Mark Templeton (Citrix, 92 percent) also did well.

On the other end, Lowell McAdam (Verizon, 38 percent), Mike Walsh (LexisNexis, 42 percent), Jim Crow (Level 3, 43 percent) and Jon Riccitello (EA, 46 percent) are ranked among the least liked chief executive officers.

It is obvious that Steve Ballmer will have to take some steps to increase his popularity in one way or the other. While he repeatedly mentioned that he does not intend to retire until 2018, confirmed as CEO with a 92 percent majority last month, and still enjoys Bill gates' support, Ballmer has to deal with mounting criticism. Those rumors recently resulted in speculation that Bill Gates may be thinking about returning as CEO, which he denied.

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    memadmax , December 19, 2011 12:32 PM
    Steve Ballmer was popular????
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    synd , December 19, 2011 1:01 PM
    Where is AMD's CEO? :D 
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    CaedenV , December 19, 2011 12:42 PM
    When you have blind enthusiasm you dont need approval
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  • 27 Hide
    memadmax , December 19, 2011 12:32 PM
    Steve Ballmer was popular????
  • 11 Hide
    CaedenV , December 19, 2011 12:42 PM
    When you have blind enthusiasm you dont need approval
  • 16 Hide
    synd , December 19, 2011 1:01 PM
    Where is AMD's CEO? :D 
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    freggo , December 19, 2011 1:16 PM
    I'd not buy a used car from Steve Ballmer. I always have the urge to wash my hands whenever I read or see anything that has to do with the guy. Must be something wrong with me; OCD perhaps :-)
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    IndignantSkeptic , December 19, 2011 1:23 PM
    what about Activision's CEO?
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    dark_lord69 , December 19, 2011 1:28 PM
    The title is deciving.
    "Steve Ballmer's Popularity Within Microsoft Takes a Dive"
    the "Within Microsoft" part makes me think that the EMPLOYEES were the ones that dissapproved of what he is doing. Instead this article talks about overall approval ratings and doesn't mention these ratings being from the employees.

    I think it should say "Steve Ballmer's Popularity Takes a Dive".

    Also, it says his approval rating went down and does say why it went down, just that he doesn't want to retire yet.
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    g00fysmiley , December 19, 2011 1:35 PM
    so... the other more popular ceo's aren't going to let him eat at their lunch table anymore?
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    john_e , December 19, 2011 1:43 PM
    Apple's iCEO Tim Cook should NOT be included since he just took over less then 2 months.
    I would say Tim Cook is still in his CEO honeymoon phase.
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    officeguy , December 19, 2011 1:44 PM
    He lost popularity... Well, he seems pretty excited in the picture, lol.
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    john_e , December 19, 2011 1:47 PM
    Don't you guys have any decent picture of Ballmer? Every picture I see of him he always in some sweaty shirt, or has that planet of the apes look, like in the picture above.
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    darkchazz , December 19, 2011 1:57 PM
    DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS *claps hand*

    IndignantSkepticwhat about Activision's CEO?

    LOL yes I'd like to know that too xD
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    mcd023 , December 19, 2011 2:24 PM
    I thought that things were improving with WP7 and W8. Sure, WP7 market share is puny, but it's a great product and gaining traction.
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    MKBL , December 19, 2011 2:27 PM
    dark_lord69The title is deciving."Steve Ballmer's Popularity Within Microsoft Takes a Dive"the "Within Microsoft" part makes me think that the EMPLOYEES were the ones that dissapproved of what he is doing. Instead this article talks about overall approval ratings and doesn't mention these ratings being from the employees.I think it should say "Steve Ballmer's Popularity Takes a Dive".Also, it says his approval rating went down and does say why it went down, just that he doesn't want to retire yet.


    Quote "Steve Ballmer's approval rating among Microsoft declined to 35 percent from 49 percent last year." AMONG MICROSOFT
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    bunga28 , December 19, 2011 2:29 PM
    Jim Crow of Level 3 should change his name. I wonder how much of that negativity towards him is related to historical facts.
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    huron , December 19, 2011 2:31 PM
    I'll have to say...it's not really his job to be popular, but my guess is that many of those same people don't have faith in his decisions and vision (if there is any) for Microsoft.
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    NuclearShadow , December 19, 2011 2:47 PM
    IndignantSkepticwhat about Activision's CEO?


    The list only includes those with souls.
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    madooo12 , December 19, 2011 2:47 PM
    syndWhere is AMD's CEO?

    he is really liked, he used to work for lenovo and made it the third largest computer seller (better than jobs :)  )

    i'm amazed why people like apple's CEO, they don't even know him, or maybe apple just employs iSheep
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    wardler , December 19, 2011 2:48 PM
    dark_lord69The title is deciving."Steve Ballmer's Popularity Within Microsoft Takes a Dive"the "Within Microsoft" part makes me think that the EMPLOYEES were the ones that dissapproved of what he is doing. Instead this article talks about overall approval ratings and doesn't mention these ratings being from the employees.I think it should say "Steve Ballmer's Popularity Takes a Dive".Also, it says his approval rating went down and does say why it went down, just that he doesn't want to retire yet.

    It is not deceiving, because GlassDoor's ratings are from employees of the company.
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    halcyon , December 19, 2011 2:56 PM
    It's hard to believe he WAS ever popular w/in Microsoft.
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    madooo12 , December 19, 2011 2:59 PM
    i think this study is wrong, MS has released some great products since like 2009, just see windows (phone) 7, windows 8, XNA, Office 2010, VS.net 2010, kodu and many great stuff

    if the MS guy gets low scores and the apple guy gets high one, i'll say people who make this study are quite biased and use macs
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