America's 20 Most Beloved CEOs

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Can't stand the big boss at work? Try getting a job at LinkedIn, Facebook, or Starbucks. Employees at these companies claim to have three of America's most beloved CEOs.

That's according to a new report by Glassdoor, an online jobs and careers community. The 2014 Highest-Rated CEOs report relied solely on the input of employees who elected to participate anonymously in an online company review survey. Respondents were asked to rate their CEO and say whether or not they approve of the way he or she is leading the company.

To be eligible for the final ranking, each CEO had to have at least 100 approval ratings, senior management ratings, and company ratings between February 2013 and February 2014.

"There are some common traits that these highest-rated CEOs share," says Scott Dobroski, Glassdoor's community expert. "For instance, we see that employees say these CEOs communicate clearly on where the company is headed, how it's going to get there, and how each employee plays a vital role on this path, along with being accessible, personable, and transparent to employees. These CEOs also know how to motivate their employees and rally the troops to get the job done."

Dobroski says there's a strong correlation between highly rated CEOs and high employment satisfaction at their respective companies. "This isn't necessarily a surprise because leadership and company culture comes from the top down, starting with the CEO. When employees approve of the way their CEO is leading the company, it tends to mean that they respect them, appreciate them, and want to work hard for them, which can lead to business success and growth."

No. 20: John Donahoe


Company: eBay

CEO Approval Rating: 91%

Employee Testimonial: "The CEO of the company is smart, passionate and sincere. John Donahoe is the real deal and a great leader. He may be the most approachable CEO I've ever met." -eBay Inc. Director (San Jose, Calif.)

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No. 19: Fred Smith


Company: FedEx

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

Employee Testimonial: "One of the most admired companies with global reputation and strong C-level leadership." -FedEx EB2 (Dallas, Texas)

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No. 18: Tim Cook


Company: Apple

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

Employee Testimonial: "You feel like everything you do has a direct impact and you're a stakeholder. The VPs and CEO are not removed either. It's common to see them eating lunch on campus amongst everyone else." -Apple Front End Engineer (Cupertino, Calif.)

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No. 17: Mickey Drexler


Company: J. Crew

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

Employee Testimonial: "Pros include benefits, holiday incentives, workplace events, and all-around great leadership from supervisors and management." -J. Crew Employee (location, n/a)

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No. 16: Joe Echevarria


Company: Deloitte

CEO Approval Rating: 92%

Employee Testimonial: "Senior leadership is approachable and realizes that although life-balance is a challenge they encourage to disconnect when possible." -Deloitte Manager (Atlanta, Ga.)

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No. 15: Edward "Ned" Johnson, III


Company: Fidelity Investments

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Tons of support, great leadership, plenty of room for career growth." -Fidelity Investments Financial Representative (Westlake, Texas)

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No. 14: Jerry Kennelly


Company: Riverbed Technology

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Jerry is a fantastic CEO with tons of enthusiasm and energy. Very personable and cares greatly about his company and people. Couldn't possibly be any nicer of a human being running a $1B company on this earth." -Riverbed Technology Sales (San Francisco, Calif.)

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No. 13: Marc Benioff


Company: Salesforce.com

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Marc is the best CEO in the business - different for sure - but the best." -Salesforce.com Sales (San Francisco, Calif.)

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No. 12: Richard Davis


Company: U.S. Bancorp

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Great place to work. Life and work balance is great. The fun part is that you get to learn a lot of new technologies. You feel that the CEO is very close to the employees." -U.S. Bank Lead Software Developer (Richfield, Minn.)

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No. 11: Larry Page


Company: Google

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Larry wants us to keep the soul of a startup, even though we no longer are one. In some teams, like the ones I've been on, this has been possible - going from an idea to millions of users on a new product in < 2 years." -Google Software Engineer (location, n/a)

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No. 10: Mark Zuckerberg


Company: Facebook

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Of course the perks are great, but the most important perk is working for a company I truly believe in. Mark is an incredible leader who wants to make the world a better place, and I love doing work for a mission I care about." -Facebook Analyst (New York, N.Y.)

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No. 9: Howard D. Schultz


Company: Starbucks

CEO Approval Rating: 93%

Employee Testimonial: "Good senior management, competitive pay for managers, work life balance." -Starbucks Store Manager (San Diego, Calif.)

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No. 8: Lloyd Blankfein


Company: Goldman Sachs

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

Employee Testimonial: "Opportunities for leadership. Strong management team. Great co-workers." -Goldman Sachs Financial Associate (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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No. 7: Brad Smith


Company: Intuit

CEO Approval Rating: 94%

Employee Testimonial: "At the very top, Brad Smith and team are well respected and keep things moving in the right direction." -Intuit Employee (location, n/a)

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No. 6: Craig Jelinek


Company: Costco

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

Employee Testimonial: "At Costco it actually benefits the company for staff to have higher education. Also, working for a company where the CEO actually wants to take care of his employees, i.e., living wage increases and benefits." -Costco Assistant (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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No. 5: Paul Jacobs*


Company: Qualcomm

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

Employee Testimonial: "Visionary leader, great technology portfolio and offers opportunities to work on many different projects." -Qualcomm Senior Learning & Development Specialist (San Diego, Calif.)

*Note: Paul Jacobs was CEO of Qualcomm at the time this report was compiled. The company's current CEO was not eligible for this ranking.

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No. 4: John Schlifske


Company: Northwestern Mutual

CEO Approval Rating: 95%

Employee Testimonial: "The company does a good job taking care of employees. The company provides job security. The company definitely takes a long-term strategic view, revisits it often, and takes it very seriously." - Northwestern Mutual Analyst (Milwaukee, Wis.)

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No. 3: Richard Edelman


Company: Edelman

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

Employee Testimonial: "Richard Edelman has a special gift for motivating his PR professionals to make Edelman the best PR company in the industry." -Edelman Finance Manager (Chicago, Ill.)

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No. 2: Alan Mulally


Company: Ford

CEO Approval Rating: 97%

Employee Testimonial: "Alan is a great CEO breaking down many barriers between groups so we can all work more as one team." -Ford Motor Employee (Dearborn, Mich.)

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No. 1: Jeff Weiner


Company: LinkedIn

CEO Approval Rating: 100%

Employee Testimonial: "The CEO is [who] helps spread the culture. He emphasizes culture." -LinkedIn Associate Web Developer (Mountain View, Calif.)

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