Apple CEO Steve Jobs gets 90% approval rating from own employees

“, a site that lets employees anonymously review their employers and share salary information, is out with a list of the naughtiest and nicest chief executives of 2008, based on those reviews,” Claire Cain Miller reports for The New York Times.

“Overall, 6 of the top 10 bosses on the ‘nice’ list were from Silicon Valley, including Steve Jobs of Apple, with a 90 percent approval rating; Eric E. Schmidt of Google, with 88 percent; Jen-Hsun Huang of Nvidia, with 80 percent; Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, with 79 percent; and Dan Warmenhoven of NetApp, with 78 percent,” Miller reports.

As for the “naughty” list, “the worst chief executive of the year was Steve Odland of Office Depot, according to’s reviewers. He had an 80 percent disapproval rating,” Miller reports. “Tech companies dominated the bad-boss list, taking seven of the remaining spots in the top 10 — hardly a badge of honor for an industry that likes to boast about its great workplace culture.”

Miller reports, “Randy Falco of AOL received a 68 percent disapproval rating, and Greg Brown of Motorola and Ron Rittenmeyer of EDS (now part of Hewlett-Packard) were close behind. Kevin W. Sharer of Amgen, Lynn R. Blodgett of Affiliated Computer Services, Jonathan Schwartz of Sun Microsystems and John Donahoe, who replaced Meg Whitman this year as the head of eBay, also made the list.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “ds” for the heads up.]


  1. LOL!!

    Hmm, one can format a iPod 160 GB disk in a Mac format, but can’t use Firewire 800 with it, so it takes 6x longer to fill it.

    It would make sense to have a iPod dual compatible, USB 2 and Firewire 800, to promote the faster format and allow Mac users the benefit of loading their iPods much faster than their Windows counterparts.

    It certainly would make some Windows users think a Mac would be better for their needs next time they buy.

    But then again, we are all still waiting for the 160GB iPod Touch/iPhone too.

    Wake me up when January rolls around…

  2. And another 30% of Apple employees would’ve put Jobs on the “naughty” list if they hadn’t been so worried about complaints from the many one-eyed bigoted let’s-give-Apple-fans-a-bad-name MDN readers who believe that Apple can do no wrong even when they (Apple) DO borrow pages from Micro$cum’s book on how to screw customers over.

  3. As long as the posts stay on topic (not politics or religion, for instance), many of those who contribute to the MDN forum offer interesting and well-reasoned comments.

    You have to forgive Mac fans if, in contrast to the PC wasteland out there, the Mac experience does occasionally seem like nirvana. The internet is being crushed by the glut of Windows malware, viruses, botnets, etc.

  4. FYI, I just this afternoon downloaded and watched “The Pixar Story” available through Netflix. Jobs doesn’t play the “star” of this documentary, and there’s little sense of him as “boss”, but the visionary shows through. He not only saw the potential, but put his own money on the line to support it through the early years of losses (BTS – Before Toy Story).

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