The 20 best tech CEOs, according to employees

//The 20 best tech CEOs, according to employees
satya nadella

The tech industry is wringing its hands these days now that one exposé after another has revealed some pretty awful working conditions at a number of high-flying tech companies.

But there’s another side to the story. There are still lots of places where employees love their jobs, love their companies and believe their CEOs are leading them well.

Glassdoor looked through its database of 32 million employee reviews to analyze the ones posted between between May 2, 2016 and May 1, 2017. It analyzed that data and on Tuesday, released its 2017 list of the 100 best CEOs, based on employee approval.

As usual, tech company CEOs made a strong showing on the full list of 100, taking one-fifth of the list. Take a look.

3 tech CEOs have made this list all five years, but none of them landed the top-ranked spot.

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The three CEOs are:

  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (98% approval)
  • Salesforce’s Marc Benioff (97% approval)
  • Apple’s Tim Cook (93% approval)

Several big-name CEOs landed on the 2017 list for the first time ever


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Newcomers to the 2017 list include:

  • Microsoft’s Satya Nadella (95% approval)
  • Square’s Jack Dorsey (94% approval)
  • VMware’s Pat Gelsinger. (90% approval)

No. 20: Texas Instruments’ Rich Templeton

93% approval rating 

No. 20 among tech CEOs

No. 51 on the full list of 100

Texas Instruments is a computer chip manufacturer.


93% approval rating 

No. 19 among tech CEOs

No. 48 on the full list of 100

Zillow is an online real estate marketplace for buying, selling, and renting property.

No. 18: Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi


Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia

94% approval rating 

No. 18 among tech CEOs

No. 39 on the full list of 100

Expedia is an online travel booking site.



94% approval rating 

No. 17 among Tech CEOs

No. 38 on the full list of 100

Square is a company that created the iPhone/iPad cash register device.

Note: Dorsey is also the CEO of Twitter but currently holds only a 73% approval rating by Twitter employees, not high enough to land in the top 100 CEOs.

No. 16: LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner


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94% approval rating 

No. 16 among Tech CEOs

No. 35 on the full list of 100

LinkedIn, now a subsidiary of Microsoft, is a job-hunting site, prospect-hunting site and social network for business professionals.

No. 15: Yardi Systems’ Anant Yardi



94% approval rating 

No. 15 among tech CEOs

No. 32 on the full list of 100

Yardi Systems offers accounting and property management software for the real estate industry.

No. 14: Juniper Networks’ Rami Rahim


Juniper CEO Rami Rahim

95% approval rating

No. 14 among tech CEOS

No. 31 on the full list of 100

Juniper Networks offers equipment for building and securing computer networks.

No. 13: Microsoft’s Satya Nadella


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

95% approval rating

No. 13 among tech CEOs

No. 29 on the full list of 100

Microsoft is one of the world’s biggest software and consumer electronics companies, makers of the Windows operating system, the Surface PC, the Xbox, and Office 365.

No.12: SAP’s Bill McDermott


96% approval rating 

No. 12 among tech CEOs

No. 24 on the full list of 100

SAP is one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies best known for its financial software.

No. 11: CDW’s Thomas E. Richards



96% approval rating 

No. 11 among tech CEOs

No. 23 on the full list of 100

CDW is a distributor that sells IT equipment of every kind to consultants and businesses.

No. 10: Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen


96% approval rating 

No. 10 among tech CEOs

No. 19 on the full list of 100

Adobe offers design, graphic design and marketing software.

No. 9: Google’s Sundar Pichai


96% approval rating 

No. 9 among tech CEOs

No. 17 on the full list of 100

Google is the world’s largest internet search company that also offers other tech products like the Android operating system and online apps such as email.

No. 8: Salesforce’s Marc Benioff


Marc Benioff speaks during the Fortune Global Forum – Day2 at the Fairmont Hotel on November 3, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

97% approval rating 

No. 8 among tech CEOs

No. 15 on the full list of 100

Salesforce is a company that offers sales, marketing and support software.

No. 7: Intuit’s Brad Smith


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97% approval rating 

No. 7 among tech CEOs

No. 13 on the full list of 100

Intuit offers personal financial and tax software as well as loans.

No. 6: Paylocity’s Steve Beauchamp


Steven Beauchamp 

98% approval rating

No. 6 among tech CEOs

No. 11 on the full list of 100

Paylocity offers online human resources and payroll software.

No. 5: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

98% approval rating 

No. 5 among tech CEOs

No. 10 on the full list of 100

Facebook operates the world’s largest social networking site.

No. 4: HubSpot’s Brian Halligan


Matt Plays, HubSpot

98% approval rating 

No. 4 among tech CEOs

No. 9 on the full list of 100

HubSpot offers sales and marketing software.

No. 3: NVIDIA’s Jen-Hsun Huang


99% approval rating 

No. 3 among tech CEOS

No. 6 on the full list of 100

NVIDIA makes graphics processing chips and boards.

No. 2: Fast Enterprises’ Martin Rankin

no-2-fast-enterprises-martin-rankinFast Enterprises CEO Martin Rankin

99% approval rating 

No. 2 among tech CEOs

No. 5 on the full list of 100

Fast Enterprises is a government contractor IT consulting company.

No. 1: World Wide Technology’s Jim Kavanaugh

99% approval rating 

No. 1 among tech CEOS

No. 2 on the full list of 100

Kavanaugh grabs the No. 1 spot on the 2017 tech list with a whopping 99% approval rating.

World Wide Technology is technology consulting company that helps business adopt technologies like cloud computing, computer security, mobile software, or upgrade their networks.