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Everyone Loves Jeff (Due to Rounding)

by Mar 21, 2014, 3:01 am ET

Mirror, mirror on the door,

Who’s the CEO all adore?

Jeff Weiner,

says Glassdoor.

And he scores a perfect 100, the only perfect CEO on this year’s edition of Glassdoor’s list of the top corporate leaders with the best reviews. And maybe the only CEO ever with a perfect Glassdoor rating.

Graphic of top 50 CEO list 2014

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Could be that all those positive reviews (to be in the running, there have to be at least 100 CEO reviews during the qualifying year) are just a small way for LinkedIn’s employees to say “Thank You” to the boss for almost doubling the value of their stock.

However we are nothing if not deeply skeptical investigative reporters here at Roundup HQ, so we went digging into the record to find last year’s No. 1, Mark Zuckerberg, slipping to ninth place this year. And that’s after he did a little better than doubling Facebook’s stock price. Two years in a row at No. 1 with 99 percent.

But now, out of nowhere comes first-time list awardee Weiner to snatch the top spot. Granted, he’s not the only first timer on the list. Alan Mullaly of Ford, and Richard Edelman of Edelman, first timers both, made the list, taking second and third place respectively. Each, though, got a highly respectable, but not perfect, 97 percent.

If Edelman, who heads one of the biggest, most powerful public relations firms in the world, can’t get a perfect score, then the fix must be in. After an intense interrogation of Glassdoor employees, which included water viewing from their Sausalito, California office, we unearthed the truth: Weiner is the beneficiary of rounding up. His approval rating is merely 99.5 percent, or maybe a tenth or two or three better.

Our work nearly done, only one task remained, and that was to mention that for the first time this year, Glassdoor ranked the top 25 CEOs of small and mid-sized businesses.

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  • http://www.verticalelevation.com Carol Schultz

    Glad you’re posting this John. I’ve personally spoken to many HR and Talent execs who have personally made it their mission to have their employees put positive reviews on Glassdoor to help their brand and with recruiting. I think one has to take this for what it is….stacking the deck.

  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Carol. I used to be a very strong advocate for GD here on ERE. However, I was mistaken in believing that they were trying to be a neutral, unbiased source of company information like a “Consumer Reports” for employees. They never said they wanted to be or pretended that they were that- it was just my hope they were. They’re more like “Yelp”….

    IMSM (as of a few months ago), if a company purchased a program/campaign from them, the company could not have its GD ratings/reviews used against them in a competitor’s ad, which WOULD be possible if they didn’t purchase that program/campaign. That just doesn’t seem quite right to me, though….Does anyone have updates/corrections to that?

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Todd Raphael

    OK, I’m stumped. What is IMSM?

  • George Boncelet

    Took a look at Glassdoor after reading this article. Color me skeptical as well. Even more so after I was stopped from reveiwing more than three companies unless I created an account. CafePharma lets me look at anything w/o an account.

    By the way, why are all of these sites starting to look the same.

  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Todd. IMSM means: “if memory serves me”.

    -kh

  • Samantha Zupan

    Sorry to hear you’re not as strong of an advocate. I wanted to address a couple points in your earlier comment.

    First, Glassdoor has many processes in place to ensure our data is as authentic as possible and gives people a comprehensive look at what it’s like to work at a particular company. For example, we ask employees providing reviews to be balanced by providing pros and cons. This is very unique to Glassdoor and differentiates us from other review sites. As a result we continue to see about 70% of employees say they are ‘ok’ or ‘satisfied’ with their jobs and company – a number that has stayed consistent since Glassdoor launched.

    To your second point, employers (client or not) have no control over the ratings and reviews appearing on site—however we do give any employer the opportunity to publicly respond to their company’s reviews. Our mission is to help people everywhere find jobs and companies they love. And, we believe in leveling the playing field and want to help job seekers get a clear idea as to what to expect before they walk in the door of a new job.

    Thanks,
    Samantha

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Samantha: I thank you and appreciate your comments.
    1) As a for-profit organization, GD serves the interests of those who pay it money- the employers. Accepting money from companies that are being/can be evaluated weakens a sense of neutrality, objectivity.

    2) The perception of companies being able to “game” GD does likewise.

    3) Allowing the employer to have the final word in a discussion (as my colleagues and I were informed last year at a GD presentation) does that even further.

    Again, you’re not/and never have been setting GD up to be an employee’s Consumer Reports. I just wish you were, though…

    Cheers,
    Keith

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  • http://www.thehireauthorityexecutivesearch.com Edward Woycenko

    Can he walk on water?