Glassdoor.com released their 2013 report of the 50 highest ranking CEO's of last year. Not surprisingly the highest ranking CEO from the Puget Sound area is Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Seattle-based Amazon, at the 16th place on the list. Three other CEO's; Starbucks' Howard Schultz, Nordstrom's Blake Nordstrom and Oracle's Larry Ellison; from the Puget Sound area. What is probably the biggest surprising though is the one name from this area that is missing from the list.
Once again the CEO of Redmond-based software giant Microsoft had such low approval among his employees that he failed to make the list. Even though Steve Ballmer's approval rating has well approved from his low point of the 29% where was at in the 2nd quarter of 2011 at 56% it is still not even close to the 80% approval rating the CEO of GE has at number 50 on the list.
Since taking over as CEO in 2000, Steve Ballmer has taking quite a lot of criticism over some of the companies biggest failures. One of the most notable of these was the downfall of Windows Vista that drove customers to re-install the previews version of Windows back onto their computers. In 2012, when Mr. Ballmer's criticism was highest and his approval rating at its low point, hedge fund manager David Einhorn said that Mr .Ballmer should resign his position as the CEO of the Redmond-based company.