NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Which tech CEO is best in the U.S.?
The CEOs of more than a dozen well-known technology companies, including Apple (AAPL - Get Report), Google (GOOGL - Get Report) and Facebook (FB - Get Report) are not only beloved by investors for delivering value, but also by their employees.
Glassdoor's third annual Employees' Choice Awards for the 50 Highest Rated CEOs for 2015 identified the best leaders in various industries including technology, finance, manufacturing, travel and tourism, among others.
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," the online jobs review site said.
CEOs considered for the large company list must have received at least 100 reviews, said Glassdoor said, which also put out a list of the 50 highest rated small and medium company CEOs.
So, who are the best tech CEOs in the U.S. according to their employees? Check out TheStreet's list identifying the top tech chief executives for public companies from Glassdoor's list of 50 CEOs. And see the top-15 CEOs from all industries here.
Shantanu Narayen became CEO of Adobe in 2007 but has been with the software and cloud company since 1998. Narayen is 52 years old.
Employee comment: "There is unlimited opportunity to grow your career at Adobe and management encourages employees to stretch outside of their areas of comfort to discover their potential." --Anonymous employee, San Jose, Calif.
An Intel career lifer, Brian Krzanich became CEO of Intel in May 2013, and is the sixth chief executive of the tech company following the departure of Paul Otellini. He is 55 years old.
Employee comment: "Amazing culture...they really take care of their employees and invest in their success," --Vice President, Software and Services Sales Organization, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Brad Smith was named president and CEO of the small business-software company in January 2008. Smith is 50 years old.
Employee comment: "Great company with great benefits and generally good pay. Offices and work environment are the best I have ever been at with my career. Generally the Senior Executive Management Team (CEO, CTO, COO, etc.) are really good. All in all, Intuit is a great place to work." - Senior business analyst in Remote, Ore.
Dr. Vishal Sikka is CEO of Infosys ltd., an Indian multinational company that provides IT services, business consulting and software engineering. Dr. Sikka has been CEO since August 2014, succeeding Infosys co-founder S.D. Shibulal. He is 48 years old.
Employee comment: "Great Flexibility, Good People management, Excellent leadership, Good employee perks for good performers, very less pink slips given." - Technology Lead in Chicago
Thomas Richards has been CEO of CDW Corp. since October 2011, two years after joining the company, which provides IT products and services to businesses and governments. Richards added the chairman title in January 2013.
Employee comment: "Uncapped commission; Great corporate culture; Strong brand name; Expanding business; 401k, Profit Sharing, and Coworker Stock Purchase Program; Lots of free food, events, and perks." - Corporate account manager, Dallas
Frank D'Souza was a co-founder of Cognizant, an IT services and consulting firm, in 1994 - the year it was started as a division of Dun & Bradstreet DNB. The company went public in 1998. D'Souza became CEO in January 2007. D'Souza is 46 years old.
Employee comment: "Great leadership, focus on innovations and continuous improvement, industry trend setter." - Anonymous employee
Jeremy Stoppelman co-founded Yelp, the online search and review site for local businesses, in 2004. As the company's CEO, he led Yelp through an initial public offering in 2012 after rebuking a buyout offer by Google GOOGL. Stoppelman is 37 years old.
Employee comment: "You'll often end up in the same elevator as Jeremy and he'll joke around as if he doesn't own a huge company." - Elite Account Executive, San Francisco
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
6. Jeff Weiner
Market Cap: $27 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 - Get Report) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.