Which Is the Top Tech Company to Work For?

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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