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Flanked by Google’s Larry Page, Nike's Mark Parker and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, H-E-B’s chairman and CEO, Charles Butt, was ranked as the third Highest Rated CEO by Glassdoor, which for the third year ranked the most respected CEOs across North America and Europe, based solely on employee feedback.
This year, according to U.S. employees, Charles Butt (No. 3, 96 percent approval), along with Google’s Larry Page (No. 1, 97 percent approval) and Nike’s Mark Parker (No. 2, 97 percent approval), took the top three spots among large companies (1,000 or more employees).
Unlike other workplace awards, the Employees’ Choice Awards are based solely on the input of employees who anonymously and voluntarily provide feedback via review survey offered by Glassdoor, which bills itself as the world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace.
Glassdoor's survey, open year-round to all employees, 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.
“Gaining the trust and approval of an entire workforce is one of the most difficult yet rewarding responsibilities for any leader,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor CEO and co-founder. “Winning a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award is a significant achievement for any CEO regardless of fame, fortune or company size.”
On Glassdoor’s 2015 list of the 50 Highest Rated CEOs – the complete list for which can be found here – the top CEOs represent diverse industries, spanning tech, finance, manufacturing, travel and tourism, retail and more. Highlights of this year's Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards countdown finds:
Google’s Larry Page moving from No. 11 on last year’s list with 93 percent approval to take top honors this year with 97 percent approval. Conversely, last year’s No. 1 CEO, LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner with 100 percent approval, dropped to No. 12 with 93 percent approval.
Of the 50 CEOs, 20 of them were honored on last year’s list. Newcomers this year include Chevron’s John Watson, (No. 16; 93 percent approval), Sephora’s Calvin McDonald (No. 17; 93 percent approval) and Airbnb’s Brian Chesky (No. 48; 89 percent approval), among others.
On the 2015 list of the 25 Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies, the top three CEOs are all newcomers. Only three CEOs on last year’s list made the list this year.
Employees’ Choice Award winners are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each CEO approval rating takes into account the quantity and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between April 22, 2014 and April 21, 2015.
At a minimum, CEOs considered for the large companies list must have received at least 100 reviews, and CEOs on the Small & Medium Companies list must have received at least 35 reviews, respectively, during the eligibility period. Complete report methodology can be found and downloaded here.