Top 10 Happiest CEOs for 2012

Posted February 29, 2012

We started with a simple premise: Workplace happiness flows from the top down. If you’re happy with the person running the show then you’re more likely to be happy with your company overall.

To prove that premise, we analyzed more than 3,400 companies and looked at some 10,000 employee-submitted reviews to determine which CEOs were most admired by their employees, and to get a look at overall employee happiness at the companies they run.

Turns out we were right – employees who are happy with their CEO are generally happy with their companies.

“Overall company ratings and CEO ratings are linked, as employees tend to hold the CEO somewhat responsible for their work conditions,” says Bradley Brummel, Ph.D., who specializes in workplace psychology. “A good CEO has the potential to enhance overall evaluations while a poor one can make an otherwise positive work environment seem bleak. CEOs with the most visibility are likely to have the most influence in overall company ratings, for better or worse.”

And the CEOs are ...

Company / CEOCEO ApprovalCompany BlissScore*
Qualcomm / Paul Jacobs87%4.11
KBR / William Utt86%4.20
Amazon.com / Jeff Bezos85%3.66
FedEx / Fred Smith85%3.94
Infosys Technologies / S.D. Shibulal84%4.13
ADP / Carlos Rodriguez83%4.04
Abbott Laboratories / Miles White83%4.10
Tata Consultancy Services / Surya Kant**82%4.01
Citigroup / Vikram Pandit82%3.98
Coldwell Banker / Jim Gillespie82%3.98

Methodology: CareerBliss evaluated more than 10,000 independent company reviews by employees in 3,400 different companies. Employees were asked to rank their CEO on a scale of 1 through 5, with a 1 being that the employee was unhappy with his or her CEO’s vision and leadership, and a 5 being the employee was extremely happy with his or her CEO. For the purposes of this data, all reviews collected were from October 2, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

* Average scores rated on a 1-5 scale.

** Surya Kant is president of Tata Consultancy Services' North American, United Kingdom and European operations.

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