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10 Most-Loved Tech CEOs

Glassdoor recently published its list of highest-rated CEOs. Half of the top 20 CEOs featured hail from the tech industry. Who are they, and what sets them apart?
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Tech CEOs make up half of the Top 20 on Glassdoor's ranking of highest-rated CEOs.

The Glassdoor job-search website, which offers employees the opportunity to review businesses and their management, recognizes noteworthy companies and leaders each year through its Employees' Choice Awards.

Research for the 2016 ranking comes from Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by US-based employees between May 2, 2015 and May 1, 2016, explained Glassdoor Community Expert Jessica Jaffe. To be eligible, large companies must have at least 100 CEO approval ratings and 100 senior management ratings. Small and medium companies must have at least 35 of each.

Employees who submit reviews are asked to provide feedback on the pros and cons of working for their employer, offer advice for management, and rate factors tied to their experience, including their CEO's leadership. When rating the CEO, employees are given three options: approve, disapprove, or no opinion.

[Read: The 10 best cities to land a tech job in 2016.]

There are a few common themes among the top CEOs, explained Jaffe. Those who rank highly are typically cited by employees as strong leaders, dedicated to the company mission and culture, providers of leadership and growth opportunities, personable, approachable, and transparent.

The top tech CEOs share several of these desired traits, which earned them high approval among employees.

"Employees at these companies like the strong, mission-driven culture led by the CEO," said Jaffe. "Employees also appreciate the transparent leadership style exercised at companies like Facebook and Salesforce, and employees like the top-down emphasis on making a real impact on the world at companies like Google and Apple."

Transparency in leadership is especially valued among tech employees, and was a common theme in this year's rankings. Jaffe noted this is a key trait that leaders outside the IT industry can learn from their peers in tech.

Who are the top CEOs in tech, and why do employees enjoy working at their companies? Once you've reviewed our look at Glassdoor's highest-rated tech leaders, tell us what you think. Are you surprised to see any of these names? Are there other tech CEOs you would add to the list? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Technocrati
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6/17/2016 | 3:56:12 PM
Re: Strong, but Jobs

"...Granted there are many reasons not to have liked the man, but it's impossible to deny that he got the fans completely rabid for new Apple product. He was a great hype man."

 

@Whoopty   Very true.  His real strength was in Marketing, but that's not as sexy as being perceived as a tech genius.

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6/17/2016 | 3:51:34 PM
Love Redefined ?

Having a difficult time with the title of this piece.  Does anyone really love a company ?     I know I never have and never will unless it is my own.

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6/16/2016 | 2:56:03 PM
Some are surprising
Most of the featured CEOs are no surprise (Tim Cook or Sundar Pichai) but was surprised to see MathWorks and Kronos' CEOs. 
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Whoopty,
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6/16/2016 | 7:19:51 AM
Strong, but Jobs
As much as I think the likes of Tim Cook are beloved by their customers and fans, I don't think anyone on this list encapsulates the beloved CEO like Steve Jobs did. 

Granted there are many reasons not to have liked the man, but it's impossible to deny that he got the fans completely rabid for new Apple product. He was a great hype man.
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