Steve Jobs Top Tech CEO: Survey


Two nights ago I finished reading, Inside Steve’s Brain by Leander Kahney and last night started reading the updated version of The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer by uber VC, Michael Mortiz, who a long time ago was a fabulous writer/reporter. The two books have enough anecdotes to point to the fact that working for Apple’s (s AAPL) Steve Jobs is nothing short of climbing a glass wall.

Despite that, Apple employees think he is awesome. According to a survey by, a Sausalito, Calif.-based company that that tracks employee satisfaction, Jobs is the #1 CEO, ahead of Google’s (S GOOG) Eric Schmidt, Adobe Systems’ (a ADBE) Shantanu Narayen and Netflix’s (s NFLX) Reed Hastings. (Full list below the fold.)

In sharp contrast to Jobs, Dell CEO Michael Dell was ranked 23 with 44 percent approval, while Steve Ballmer had 41 percent approval rating from his employees. eBay’s (s EBAY) John Donahoe had an approval rating of 20 percent.

Company CEO Approval Rating as of Oct. 09
Apple Steve Jobs 90%
Google Eric E. Schmidt 87%
Adobe Shantanu Narayen 78%
Netflix Reed Hastings 76% Marc Benioff 73%
Citrix Systems Mark B. Templeton 72%
Rackspace A. Lanham Napier 72%
QUALCOMM Paul E. Jacobs 69%
NVIDIA Jen-Hsun Huang 68%
Intuit Brad D. Smith 68%
Oracle Larry Ellison 62%
Intel Corporation Paul S. Otellini 62%
EMC Joe Tucci 60%
SAP America Bill McDermott 58%
Nokia Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo 56%
Novell Ron Hovsepian 56%
Texas Instruments Rich Templeton 54%
Yahoo! Carol Bartz 54%

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Good book. I think people like and respect who is obsessed by making their product or company better all the time and above the others.
Intelligent people don’t care if their leader is a pain in the ass as long as he/she does it for the right reasons, with respect and has competence in the matter.

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