Survey shows shock figures of CEO approval ratings

Eric Schmidt leaves on a high note

The big names in technology can track how their personal popularity has fluctuated after surprising figures were unleashed today.

In the last year the survey shows that Google's Eric Schmidt, who is leaving after 10 years of service, actually has an approval rating at a career highpoint. It was carried out by Glassdoor, which allows employees to anonymously share their personal insight into jobs and companies, by asking: "Do you approve of the way your CEO is leading the company?"

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, dropped four points during the same period to 83 per cent and 73 per cent, while eBay's John Donahoe continues to go from strength to strength. Between March 2009 and March 2010, the eBay CEO held a 24 per cent approval rating among employees but this rose to 46 per cent in the last year.

On the other side of the coin, Yahoo's Carol Bartz saw the biggest decline in her approval rating this year, compared to last. Between March 2010 and 2011, she held a 77 per cent approval rating among her employees, compared to the following year when her approval rating dropped to 50 per cent.

The big two are still battling

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer saw the second biggest decline among the 12 CEOs evaluated. He held an average 46 per cent approval rating in 2010 before losing 6 per cent. Perhaps a strong showing for Internet Explorer 9 could help him get back up again.

Apple supremo Steve Jobs remains exceptionally popular, though his approval rating did drop slightly from 98 to 95 percent. However, he is sure to brush this off and rise again when the iPhone 5 is finally unveiled.

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