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Looking for a tech job? Well read on for the results of a new poll from Sausalito, Calif.-based Glassdoor.com as to the best — and worst — tech companies from which to draw a paycheck.

Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson. Photo courtesy of Juniper Networks

Looking for a tech job? Well read on for the results of a new poll from Sausalito, Calif.-based Glassdoor.com as to the best — and worst — tech companies from which to draw a paycheck.

I had expected Google to take top honors given its stock performance, not to mention what it spends on food and other amenities for its employees. I guess money really doesn’t buy happiness — the search giant ranked No. 3 on the list, while Apple came in at No. 5. The top-ranked company? Router maker Juniper Networks. (Full results of the survey will be released tomorrow.)

Highest-Rated Tech Companies for 2009
Rank Company Company Rating CEO CEO Approval Rating
1 Juniper Networks 3.9 Kevin Johnson 65%
2 National Instruments 3.9 James J. Truchard 85%
3 Google 3.9 Eric E. Schmidt 87%
4 NetApp 3.9 Dan Warmenhoven 78%
5 Apple 3.8 Steve Jobs 91%
6 QUALCOMM 3.7 Paul E. Jacobs 65%
7 Novell 3.7 Ron Hovsepian 59%
8 Adobe 3.7 Shantanu Narayen 60%
9 EMC 3.7 Joe Tucci 64%
10 Rackspace 3.6 A. Lanham Napier 67%

As for the lowest-rated, it looks like Dell hit a home run by buying Perot Systems — it has the dubious honor of coming in at No. 10.

Lowest-Rated Tech Companies
Rank Company Company Rating CEO CEO Approval Rating
1 Xilinx 2.3 Moshe Gavrielov 12%
2 Affiliated Computer Services 2.4 Lynn R. Blodgett 21%
3 Hewlett-Packard 2.4 Mark V. Hurd 22%
4 Avaya 2.5 Kevin Kennedy 24%
5 Real 2.5 Rob Glaser 12%
6 NVIDIA 2.5 Jen-Hsun Huang 52%
7 Infosys 2.6 Kris Gopalakrishnan 35%
8 Nortel Networks 2.7 Mike S. Zafirovski 2%
9 Perot Systems 2.7 Peter A. Altabef 35%
10 Dell 2.8 Michael S. Dell 28%

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  1. The table seems to be incorrect. Ranking in the first table is directly correlated to the company-rating but in the worst companies table, it is inversely correlated.

    How can Dell with a company rating of 2.8 be worse than Xilinx with a company rating of 2.3?

    1. lowest seems to be Xilinx only. “Lowest-Rated Tech Companies” table is from lowest to highest.
      whereas “Highest-Rated Tech Companies for 2009″ table is sorted from highest to lowest

  2. Umm, re-read it again Sriranjan.

    Dell is better then Xilinx. Xilinx is the worst, it’s the “number 1 for lowest-rated tech companies” – That means it’s the lowest-rated tech company…

  3. I’d question something in the results.
    according to Glassdoor, F5 Networks has a 4.2 rating, and john McAdam has a 90% approval rating. That far exceeds any on those listed here.

    Here’s the F5 page on glassdoor

    http://bit.ly/6bpnS5

    1. Kirby

      From what I understand, employer must have at least 50% approval ratings according to Glassdoor, which can be different from the CEO rating.

      1. Where are the approval ratings listed? I only see the 1-5 scale and the CEO approval ratings?

        Or is that a typo? Did you mean 50 approval ratings? F5 only has 20 ratings so far.

  4. really, Apple not the top? with all zealotry, you would think.

    1. I knew I could get a rise out of you on that one so I especially handcrafted that sentence. :-)

      Just kidding, incase you took me literally here.

  5. Weirdest Coffee Makers Ever Tuesday, December 15, 2009

    Juniper? cool… I thought Google would have been #1.

  6. wheres Microsoft ??

    1. and where is Cisco??

      1. And where is Tiger Woods? :)~

  7. HP’s position on the lowest ranked company list is worthy of some quiet reflection. At one time it was a legend in the industry, a place every engineer aspired to join.

    The natural entropic state of a corporate culture is bureaucratic miasma. It requires constant infusions of energy to stave it off a while longer.

  8. not real tech companies Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    Most of these can’t be real technology companies. TC never writes about them, Scoble doesn’t know what they do, and their CEO’s don’t Twitter.

  9. Riiiiight…

    I’m sure all the Google employees are dying to go work at Juniper.

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