Survey: The Most Disliked (and Liked) CEOs in Tech

Who gets kudos or raspberries from tech workers? Surprise: Uber is among the most liked while X's new CEO gets a thumbs down

Deborah Yao, Editor

October 12, 2023

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At a Glance

  •, a social site where employees can talk anonymously, surveyed workers on their views about their CEOs., a site where employees can discuss issues anonymously, surveyed more than 13,100 U.S. workers on their views of their CEO. The question posed to them was this: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way your CEO is handling their job?"

Among the top 10 CEOs most beloved by employees, share price performance made an impact as did job security - several did not do any layoffs in the past year or longer. Some of the worst-rated CEOs, on the other hand, did fire people this year.

What may be surprising is that Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi landed on the top 15 most liked list, despite the ouster of co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick in part for allegedly ignoring sexual harassment complaints at the company. Also another eye-opener: On the most disliked list is Linda Yaccarino, new CEO of X, who was hired to fix strained relations with advertisers in the aftermath of Elon Musk's policy and personnel changes at Twitter.

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The darling of tech employees is Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, where 96% of his employees in the survey gave him a thumbs up. It does not hurt that Nvidia's stock has been on a tear this year. "He saw this AI mania coming 10+ years ago," one employee said. "I trust him completely."

Among Big Tech, most had higher disapproval ratings than approval. Most of them had layoffs in the last 12 months.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a 49% disapproval rating while 45% approved of him; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had a disapproval rating of 63% and approval of 30%; Google CEO Sundar Pichai had a 66% disapproval rating and 26% approval rating; Amazon CEO Andy Jassy had an 86% disapproval rating and 10% approval rating.

The list included CEOs from many industries, but AI Business only considered tech companies. As a comparison, President Biden had a 41% approval rating in September, according to Gallup.

Most liked CEOS and their approval ratings:

  1. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang at 96%

  2. Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora at 84%

  3. Apple CEO Tim Cook at 83%

  4. Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi at 83%

  5. Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost at 82%

  6. ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott at 81%

  7. AMD CEO Lisa Su at 79%

  8. Anduril Industries CEO Brian Schimpf at 79%

  9. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen at 76%

  10. Affirm CEO Max Levchin at 68%

  11. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at 68%

  12. DoorDash CEO Tony Xu at 67%

  13. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky at 64%

  14. Cohesity CEO Sanjay Poonen at 63%

  15. Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman at 57%

Most disliked CEOs and their disapproval ratings:

  1. Alteryx CEO Mark Anderson at 97%

  2. Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar at 95%

  3. Western Digital CEO David Goeckeler at 94%

  4. Unity CEO John Riccitiello, at 91% (who just resigned)

  5. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan at 91%

  6. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel at 89%

  7. Illumina CEO Francis deSouza, at 88%

  8. F5 Networks CEO Francois Locoh-Donou at 86%

  9. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy at 86%

  10. Airtable CEO Howie Liu at 85%

  11. Outreach CEO Manny Medina at 83%

  12. UKG CEO Chris Todd at 83%

  13. Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon at 80%

  14. X CEO Linda Yaccarino, at 80%

  15. CEO Vishal Garg at 79%

About the Author(s)

Deborah Yao


Deborah Yao runs the day-to-day operations of AI Business. She is a Stanford grad who has worked at Amazon, Wharton School and Associated Press.

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