Tim Cook climbs to #8 on list of highest rated CEOs in America with 96% approval

Tim Cook

Earlier this week, Apple continued to climb the Fortune 500 ranking to 3rd, and now Glassdoor’s annual CEO ratings have been released with Tim Cook moving towards the top. Last year, Cook barely cracked the top 10 and was ranked 10th, but this year he’s moved up to 8th.

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Glassdoor, for those unfamiliar, is a company that offers a recruiting marketplace for businesses and a job search tool for employees. The company claims to be the “most transparent” service available and every year releases its Employees’ Choice Awards to recognize the top CEOs.

This year, Bob Bechek of Bain & Company topped the list, while Scott Scherr of Ultimate Software and Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company rounded out the top 3. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg came in at #4, while Google’s Sundar Pichai was 7th, just barely ahead of Tim Cook in 8th. John Legere of T-Mobile earned the 12th placing on the list.

The full top 10 can be seen below:

  1. Bob Bechek – Bain & Company
  2. Scott Scherr – Ultimate Software
  3. Dominic Barton – McKinsey & Company
  4. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
  5. Jeff Weiner – LinkedIn
  6. Marc Benioff – Salesforce
  7. Sundar Pichai – Google
  8. Tim Cook – Apple
  9. Joseph R. Sivewright – Nestlé Purina PetCare
  10. Jim Whitehurst – Red Hat

According to Glassdoor’s release, Tim Cook earned a 96 percent employee approval rating, which is two percent higher than last year and four percent higher than 2014. This year, common praises among employees were good benefits, professionalism, and a positive work environment. Some complained, however, about long hours and difficulty achieving a balance of work and real-life.

The Glassdoor data is collected from voluntary reviews done by employees. The employees are asked to comment on areas like the quality of jobs, employee treatment, and the overall work environment. Specifically, when rating a CEO on Glassdoor, employees can choose from one of three options: approve, disapprove or no opinion.

Earlier this week, Fortune released its Fortune 500 list for this year, which saw Apple climb from 5th place to 3rd, overtaking Chevron and Berkshire Hathaway.


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