Employee-reviews site Glassdoor.com just released its first annual list of naughty and nice CEOs — chief executives with the lowest and highest ratings at companies with at least 50 employee-written reviews.
Let’s get naughty first, shall we? That list is topped by Office Deport CEO Steve Odland, of whom one Dallas, Texas-based manager writes:
“Fire Odland and kill ridiculous programs like ones listed above. Please, Please, Please give this company back to its workers. The corporate office in Delray Beach, FL is asleep at the wheel and frankly incompetent. Maybe If some of them would listen to or maybe even spend a few hours in a store they would understand their own business a little better. This company will fail If you do not get back to basics! Cheap no hassle prices and fast checkout! NO MORE PROGRAMS PLEASE!”
The rest, including plenty of tech industry CEOs:
Just edging out Macworld-skipping Apple CEO Steve Jobs for the “nicest” CEO is Genentech’s Art Levinsohn. Some of the nice things employees have to say about him:
“Great products that make a difference in people’s lives, smart, interesting, fun people, company clearly values its employees and takes good care of them, very science and patient-driven, great perks and lovely campus.”
“A lot of employee centric benefits, along with the chance of working for a company that is very cutting edge. The company has a lot of potential for the future, and this is a great place to gain experience and to be able to include as part of my professional resume. This is a very friendly environment where employees are encouraged to network as well as take time off to be able to decompress. Every 6 years, a six week sabbatical is included to coincide with the 5 weeks of vacations that can be accrued for a total of 11 weeks off (that’s nearly 3 months off in 1 year.”
“A strong emphasis on communications and collaboration. A company wide decision-making structure that intrinsically forces authority downward to the lowest possible level providing many opportunities to exercise and test one’s judgment.”
The rest, perhaps surprisingly including CEOs at troubled companies Goldman Sachs and Adobe:
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