LOVE AND HATE: Tech Employees Rate Their CEOs

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Yesterday was Eric Schmidt’s last day as Google CEO, and he went out on a high note.

According to, which surveys employees at top tech companies at least 65 times per year, Schmidt was the most popular tech CEO, with a whopping 96% approval rating.

Who’s next? Who’s last?

Who gained the most since last year? And who lost the most?

#1: Eric Schmidt, Google. 96% approval rating (+3% since last year)

#2: Steve Jobs, Apple. 95% (-3%)

#3: Paul Otellini, Intel. 90% (+10%)

#4: Brad Smith, Intuit. 87% (+18%)

#5: Jeff Bezos, Amazon. 83% (-4%)

#6: Larry Ellison, Oracle. 73% (-4%)

#7 (tie): Shantanu Narayen, Adobe. 57% (-1%)

#7 (tie): Sam Palmisano, IBM. 57% (+10%)

#9: Carol Bartz, Yahoo. 50% (-27%*)

*Biggest loser since last year.

#10: Michael Dell, Dell. 48% (+12%)

#11: John Donahoe, eBay. 46% (+22%*)

*Biggest gainer since last year.

#12: Steve Ballmer, Microsoft. 40% (-6%)

Here's one reason why employees might disapprove of Steve Ballmer.

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