The 15 Best-Rated CEOs in the U.S.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Who are the best CEOs in the U.S. according to their employees?

The names range from those at the helm of tech companies to finance, manufacturing, travel and tourism and other kinds of firms, according to online jobs review site Glassdoor's third annual Employees' Choice Awards for the 50 Highest Rated CEOs for 2015.

The ranking is based solely on the input of employees (between Apr. 22, 2014 and Apr. 21, 2015) who anonymously and voluntarily provide feedback via the Glassdoor company review surveys, which "encourages feedback on whether they approve or disapprove of how their CEO is leading the company, along with insight into their job, work environment and company," Glassdoor said.

Among this year's list of 50 top leaders, 20 CEOs are repeats from last year. Some of the new ones include Chevron's (CVX) John Watson (ranked No. 16); Sephora's Calvin McDonald (ranked No. 17) and Airbnb's Brian Chesky (ranked No. 48).

CEOs considered for the list, which tracks large companies, must have received at least 100 reviews, Glassdoor said, which also put out a list of the 50 highest rated small and medium company CEOs.

TheStreet's list identifies the top 15 chief executives for public companies from Glassdoor's list, counting down to the top CEO, as rated by employees.

Note: In many instances it appears that CEOs tied in ranking, but Glassdoor said the numbers have been rounded up from as far out as five decimal points to determine the rank.


15. Marc Benioff
Salesforce.com
(CRM)
Market Cap: $46 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 92%

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of cloud computing company, Salesforce.com. Benioff founded the company in 1999. He is 50 years old.

Employee comment: "Salesforce is full of smart and creative people who are passionate about innovation and customer success. The CEO and executive leadership team do an excellent job ensuring all employees are aligned with the company vision and inspired to contribute. The products are incredible." - Salesforce.com UI/User Experience Designer in San Francisco

14. Lyndon Rive
SolarCity
(SCTY)  
Market Cap: $5 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 92%

Lyndon Rive is co-founder and CEO of Solar City, which he co-founded with his brother (and with the support of his cousin, Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk) in 2006. Rive is 37 years old. Musk is SolarCity's chairman.

Employee comment: "From the top down we participate in weekly and monthly state of the company meetings that very concisely convey where we are at, where we're going and exactly how we're going to get there." - SolarCity Inside Energy Consultant in Las Vegas


13. A.G. Lafley
Procter & Gamble
(PG)
Market Cap: $211 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 92%

Alan George "A.G." Lafley is chairman, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble. Lafley, who has worked for the Cincinnati- based company for more than three decades, had retired in 2010. He reclaimed the CEO position in 2013 after P&G's board asked him to step in amid slowing sales. The Wall Street Journal reported in April that Lafley is preparing to step down as P&G's CEO as early as this summer. He is 67 years old.

Employee comment: "Leadership is very supportive about creating a learning and growing type of culture. Taking ownership is very expected and you really gain a variety of useful skills that make you work more efficiently. Management makes it clear on your role and how you impact the company to make you feel valued." - Anonymous Employee


12. John Watson
Chevron Corp.
(CVX)
Market Cap: $189 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 93%

John Watson has been chairman and CEO of Chevron since January 2010. He is 58 years old. This is Watson's first time making Glassdoor's list.

Employee comment: "Chevron's values and culture make it stand apart from other companies I have worked for. In general, my colleagues are friendly and genuinely care about each other. Chevron also has strong leadership development programs and focus which helps improve leadership compared to other companies I have been at. The thing I love the most here is the focus on employee development. There are so many development programs, trainings, and processes available to me, and my supervisors and other leaders have shown true interest in discussing how I want to be developed and where I can go next." -- Anonymous Employee

11. John Legere
T-Mobile
TMUS
Market Cap: $31 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 93%

John Legere was named CEO of T-Mobile in September 2012, when it was still a part of Deutsche Telekom. The following year, in May, T-Mobile began trading on the New York Stock Exchange as a result of a reverse merger of T-Mobile USA by MetroPCS Communications, which then changed its name to T-Mobile US. Legere became the company's CEO. He is 57 years old.

Employee comment: "There are some really great managers and people that work here. There is on some teams a feeling of a family. John Legere is a fun CEO to work under and is a part of the culture not an untouchable." - T-Mobile Senior Business Analyst, Bellevue, Wash.


10. W. Craig Jelinek
Costco Wholesale
(COST)  
Market Cap: $60 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 93%

Craig Jelinek has been CEO of Costco Wholesale since January 2012, following the retirement of James Sinegal, the company's co-founder and longtime CEO. Jelinek, who joined the company in 1984, is 62 years old.

Employee comment: "It's a good place to work they take care of [their] employees very well. There is lots of advancement opportunity and the managers all the way up to the CEO are really good people. Non salary employees get 2 bonuses a year." - Costco Wholesale Forklift Driver, Puyallup, Wash.

9. Jeff Weiner
LinkedIn
(LNKD)
Market Cap: $26 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 93%

In 2008, when LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman retook the role of chief executive of the professional social networking site after relinquishing the role to former Intuit (INTU) executive Dan Nye, he also brought Jeff Weiner, a former Yahoo! (YHOO) executive in as well.

Weiner, 44, has been CEO of LinkedIn since June 2009. Hoffman remains the company's chairman. The company went public in 2011.


8.
Dara Khosrowshahi
Expedia
(EXPE)  
Market Cap: $13 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 94%

Dara Khosrowshahi became CEO of online travel site Expedia in August 2005. Khosrowshahi is 46 years old.

Employee comment: "I love my job and the company treats their employees so well. There are fantastic benefits, the pay is wonderful, the supervisors and upper management really care about what the employees have to say about their work and ways to improve processes, the leadership really cares about their employees and takes the time to make sure that everyone has the tools they need to succeed and excel." - Expedia Credit Card Reconciliation Specialist, Springfield, Mo.


7. Tim Cook
Apple
(AAPL)   
Market Cap: $728 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 94%

Tim Cook has been CEO of Apple since August 2011, succeeding Steve Jobs. Cook, who has been employed at the tech giant since 1998, is 54 years old.

Employee comment: "Top level leadership is great. The common philosophy is all about doing the right thing for our customers." -- Systems Design Engineer in Cupertino, Calif.

 

6. Lloyd Blankfein
Goldman Sachs
(GS)
Market Cap: $93 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 95%

Lloyd Blankfein has been chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs since June 2006, succeeding Henry Paulson, who went on to be the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Blankfein is 60 years old.

Employee comment: "Leaders in their field from graphic design to theoretical physics create an unparalleled working atmosphere." - Investment Management Analyst, New York, N.Y.


5. Hugh Grant
Monsanto
(MON)
Market Cap: $53 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 95%

Hugh Grant has been CEO of Monsanto since 2003. Grant, a three-decade employee of the agricultural products company, is 57 years old.

Employee comment: "Amazing peers and leadership. My managers and teams I support make me feel very valued and appreciated." -Recruiter, St. Louis, Mo.

4. Scott Scherr
The Ultimate Software Group Inc.
(ULTI)
Market Cap: $4.5 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 95%

Scott Scherr is founder, president and CEO of Ultimate Software, a cloud-based human resources and payroll software company. He founded the company in 1990. Scherr has been chairman and CEO since 1996. Scherr is 62 years old.

Employee comment: "A CEO that truly cares about his people... he walks the walk." - Solutions consultant, Arlington, Va.


3. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook
(FB)
Market Cap: $225 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 95%

Mark Zuckerberg is one of the co-founders of social networking titan Facebook, launched in 2004. He is also its chairman and CEO and led the company through its initial public offering in 2012. Zuckerberg is 31 years old.

Employee comment: "Zuck is a legend in his own time, his Friday Q&A's are can't miss and it is awesome to hear him handle the tough unexpected questions." - Facebook Client Partner, Menlo Park, Calif.

2. Mark Parker
Nike
(NKE)  
Market Cap: $87 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 97%
 

As a longtime Nike veteran, Mark Parker moved steadily up the ranks to become CEO in 2006. Parker is 59 years old.

Employee comment: "Mark Parker knows what he is doing. Nike is really progressive on gay rights and I loved athlete asterisk, which is if you have a body you are an athlete!" - Nike Senior Project Manager, Beaverton, Oreg.


1. Larry Page
Google
(GOOGL)  
Market Cap: $369 billion
Glassdoor Rating: 97%
 

Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998. He was CEO from 1998-2001. From 2001 through 2011 he was president of products for the search giant. Page, 42, re-took the helm in 2011.

Employee comment: "You'll see Larry and Sergey at TGIF and you'll admire how they lead the company. They are brilliant, goofy, low key but intense, and likeable." - Anonymous employee, Mountain View, Calif.

 

 

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