Tech CEO approval ratings: HP’s Hurd, 34%; Microsoft’s Ballmer, 52%; Apple’s Jobs, 98%

“You’ve heard of this guy Mark Hurd, right? The Hewlett-Packard CEO forced to resign late last week because of a sexual harassment investigation? Lots of his employees apparently didn’t like him very much,” Caleb Hannan reports for Seattle Weekly. “At least according to his record-low approval rating of 34-percent on, a site that lets employees anonymously dish on their bosses.”

“Also not terribly well-liked: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer,” Hannan reports. “At 52-percent Ballmer rates lower than just about every other tech CEO out there not named Hurd.”

MacDailyNews Take: This gives us hope. If 52% of Microsoft employees actually “approve” of Steve Ballmer, maybe the other shareholders are just as misguided and he actually can remain CEO for as long as it takes!

Hannan continues, “[That’s] an especially tough figure to swallow given the near-universal love for his rival, Apple’s Steve Jobs who is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most beloved boss of all: 98-percent of Glassdoor’s anonymous Apple employees report that they ‘approve’ of Jobs.”

Full article here.

More details and ratings for other tech CEOs via TechCrunch here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you work for Apple and don’t approve of the greatest tech company CEO in history, please quit. You’re too stupid to work for Apple. Try Dell, you’ll fit right in.


  1. 2% anywhere are not going to like their boss, I don’t care who he is.
    That 52% like Ballmer is the shock…they must be brainwashed. Looking at the 10 year stock performance is enough to make me want to chuck Ballmer.

  2. @CharlieToona

    Okay, I am fessing up to spoofing Two Percenter most of today. I can’t take credit for his/her first post, but it is too easy to spoof those that don’t have a registered login handle. That person didn’t seem willing to come back and answer challenges, so I thought I do it for him.

  3. @R Eunson
    I saw that article from Wrong Again Enderlenutjob. Why anyone pays that idiot to write or for consulting is beyond insanity. Companies must be hiring this tool for comedic purposes. Enderlenutjob probably has no clue that his clients sit back and enjoy the show whenever he writes another idiotic opinion piece or tech story.

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