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Guess Who Are the Most Loved/Hated Tech CEOs

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Two thirds of HP must be a little happier now.

Mark Hurd was last month shown the door out as he resigned as CEO of HP amidst a sexual harassment investigation.

If the ratings from Glassdoor.com – a site where a company's employees may rate their employer – are to be believed, the vast majority of HP workers disapproved of Hurd. In fact, Hurd had the lowest approval rating of any major tech CEO at just 34 percent.

Not surprisingly, the leader by considerable margin in terms of employee approval was Steve Jobs, who had the 98 percent of Apple's respondent workforce behind him.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini was also much approved, at 82 percent. Right behind him was Cisco CEO John Chambers at 81 percent and then Oracle's Larry Ellison at 78 percent.

Near the split was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer with 52 percent approval, as well as Michael Dell at 51 percent. Yahoo's CEO Carol Bartz also held the small majority at 56 percent.

(Source: TechCrunch.)

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    Anonymous , September 1, 2010 3:15 PM
    In other news Apple fires 2% of their employees.
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    schwiing , September 1, 2010 3:07 PM
    "Don't worry about the CEO rating event coming up...just be honest. Oh, here's a free Ipad for you."
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    hellwig , September 1, 2010 3:15 PM
    I can't say Steve Jobs' masive approval rating surprises me. If you don't believe Steve Jobs is the second coming of Christ, you won't last very long at Apple.

    As for Intel, I've heard Paul Otellini has a cubicle on the floor with all the other common employees at Intel, and that no VP or Cxx gets a fancy corner office or special parking space. That's really got to help his ranking.

    I'm honestly surprised that Steve Ballmer ranks so low. I guess not as many people at Microsoft drink the cool-aid as I thought. The guy is rather abrasive, so its easy to understand how he could rub employees the wrong way.

    This makes what, 3 CEOs gone from HP in the last 5 years or something? The last one quit after that scandal about snooping on board members to see who released super-secret HP documents. HP really needs to find a good CEO to save face. Someone that can win over investors (and apparently employee) trust once more.

    Michael Dell? I didn't realize he was still in charge there. I wonder where is dissaproval comes from, continuously getting slapped on the wrist for anti-competitive practices or lying to customers and selling them faulty equipment? Maybe its the fact that they ship all their tech support to India? Oh wait, that's why consumers don't like Dell, I don't know what employees have against him.
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  • 45 Hide
    schwiing , September 1, 2010 3:07 PM
    "Don't worry about the CEO rating event coming up...just be honest. Oh, here's a free Ipad for you."
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    El_Capitan , September 1, 2010 3:08 PM
    I never Hurd of him.
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    COLGeek , September 1, 2010 3:08 PM
    So it isn't so!!!!!!! Jobs is best and Hurd is worst. Regardless, nothing here. Just move along.
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    thesupermedium , September 1, 2010 3:10 PM
    Should have AMD up there, I'm sure that would mix things up a bit.
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    jsc , September 1, 2010 3:13 PM
    Only if you are talking about former AMD CEO.
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    zak_mckraken , September 1, 2010 3:13 PM
    B-a-a-a-h...
  • 55 Hide
    Anonymous , September 1, 2010 3:15 PM
    In other news Apple fires 2% of their employees.
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    hellwig , September 1, 2010 3:15 PM
    I can't say Steve Jobs' masive approval rating surprises me. If you don't believe Steve Jobs is the second coming of Christ, you won't last very long at Apple.

    As for Intel, I've heard Paul Otellini has a cubicle on the floor with all the other common employees at Intel, and that no VP or Cxx gets a fancy corner office or special parking space. That's really got to help his ranking.

    I'm honestly surprised that Steve Ballmer ranks so low. I guess not as many people at Microsoft drink the cool-aid as I thought. The guy is rather abrasive, so its easy to understand how he could rub employees the wrong way.

    This makes what, 3 CEOs gone from HP in the last 5 years or something? The last one quit after that scandal about snooping on board members to see who released super-secret HP documents. HP really needs to find a good CEO to save face. Someone that can win over investors (and apparently employee) trust once more.

    Michael Dell? I didn't realize he was still in charge there. I wonder where is dissaproval comes from, continuously getting slapped on the wrist for anti-competitive practices or lying to customers and selling them faulty equipment? Maybe its the fact that they ship all their tech support to India? Oh wait, that's why consumers don't like Dell, I don't know what employees have against him.
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    phoenix777 , September 1, 2010 3:17 PM
    why is the Activision CEO not up there... he's the worst
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    burnley14 , September 1, 2010 3:21 PM
    To be honest I'm surprised Ballmer did so poorly. I would've thought he'd have around 70% approval. Almost as bad as Michael Dell? Yikes.
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    Mulder19 , September 1, 2010 3:23 PM
    A recent report on Steve Jobs' popularity. . .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AOfbnGkuGc
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    mrecio , September 1, 2010 3:24 PM
    I guess once you go Apple you really are brainwashed, how can Steve Jobs have so much approval rating? this is with their employees and not consumers right?
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    jose3189 , September 1, 2010 3:24 PM
    I find the the numbers for Steve Jobs a little dubious
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    elbert , September 1, 2010 3:32 PM
    I have to nominate the RIAA's CEO Mitch Bainwol. Think he would score high on the disapproval rating. I mean really this guy says google is to blame for Chinese hacking google. The RIAA CEO pocket fun at company getting intellectual property stolen. This guy is a really piece of work.
    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100225/0425588308.shtml
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    mjello , September 1, 2010 3:43 PM
    Well if you hated steve, you'd get fired from apple very quickly. I foresee a 2 % replacement in staff soon. Stevie knows what you answered muaha haha..
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    leo2kp , September 1, 2010 3:45 PM
    Let's be honest here. What do you think ol' Mad-Dog Steve would do if he knew that more than 2% of his employees disproved? Ever seen Pirates of Silicon Valley? C'mon. Duh.
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    micr0be , September 1, 2010 3:46 PM
    people with 98% and more approval ratings:
    -Saddam Hussein
    -Adolf Hitler
    -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    -Bashar al-Assad
    -Steve Jobs

    you know what, its fine ... at least the rest of the world love Steve ...
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    dgingeri , September 1, 2010 3:48 PM
    You'd have to wonder where Bobby Kotick would rank in there.
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    DonnieK , September 1, 2010 3:48 PM
    From those that I know who work for Apple, it sounds like a really nice place to work. I'm not surprised that the employees rate it highly. However, if there's one other company that has a chance at those sorts of numbers, it would be Google. I'd love to see the Google stats up there as well.
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