These are the UK's 25 most popular CEOs

Google's Larry Page takes the top spot, while Carolyn McCall is the only female boss winging her way into employees' hearts.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 09 Dec 2015

Chief executives have to take tough decisions – it’s pretty much in the job description. Often that includes firing staff. But they’re human like the rest of us, and humans like to be loved. So being told they’re the object of their employees’ admiration must be a pretty nice (if potentially unnecessary) ego boost.

On the flipside, a highly-rated boss can make the difference between staff staying or going. A bad one is more likely to push talent out.

Top of the pile for UK workers is Google’s Larry Page, according to anonymous company review website Glassdoor, which looked at CEO ratings for the year to April 21 for companies with at least 1,000 UK-based staff.

He was followed by American Express’ Ken Chenault, Three’s David Dyson and HomeServe’s Martin Bennett. EasyJet chief exec Carolyn McCall took fifth spot, the only woman in the top 25.

The ratings aren’t a scientific snapshot of employee opinion – Glassdoor required a minimum of just 20 self-selecting reviews to make their list. So it might say more about the kind of employees that work for the bosses that made the list. It's also likely Glassdoor's users are prone to working at American companies, given the majority of the CEOS on the UK list are indeed US-based.

It is a nice mid-week back pat from staff enthusiastic enough to big up their boss online, but then again it's probably not a good thing if 99% of Google staff are actually all fawning over Page. Every good boss needs their detractors.

1. Larry Page, Google

Approval rating: 99%
What employees say:

‘Executive leadership you truly believe in.’ – Customers solutions engineer, London

‘Overall, I admire Google's senior management, I think they're smart, they try to do the right thing and more than at any other company I've worked for they put the company's interests first.’ – Employee, London

2. Ken Chenault, American Express

Approval rating: 98%
What employees say:

‘I was lucky. I had for the most great managers who inspired me, promoted me rapidly and helped me realise my dream of living in another country.’ – Vice president, London

‘Senior management have done a great job of attracting and retaining good people, which drives the company's success. Maintaining this should be their priority.’ – Sales manager, London

3. David Dyson, Three

Approval rating: 97%
What employees say:

‘Dave Dyson is the best CEO I have experienced, I trust him completely.’ – Customer service, Maidenhead

‘Management Communication is amazing with regular monthly presentations from the CEO to all staff members which is the best communication I have ever received from management.’ – Network design engineer, Reading

4. Martin Bennett, HomeServe

Approval rating: 97%
What employees say:

‘HomeServe is the company to work for. It's the place where everyone is truly important, where integrity comes without compromise, where your boss is there for you and you can have an informal chat with your CMO whenever you dare to care.’ – UK product marketing manager, Walsall

‘Passionate, honest leadership.’ – UK head of learning operations, Walsall

5. Carolyn McCall, EasyJet

Approval rating: 96%
What employees say:

‘Carolyn is hugely respected and has delivered a very high performing organisation. There are a lot of big transformation projects coming down the pipe in 2015 so it's going to be a demanding year - but loads of opportunities for people who want them!’ – Team Manager, Luton

‘The management team are approachable and at EasyJet there is an open philosophy and no blame culture which encourages feedback and ultimately makes for a safer environment to work.’ – Captain, Bristol

6. Frank D’Souza, Cognizant

Approval rating: 96%
What employees say:

"Great salary, Great people to work with. always challenge to work and expand. Great leaders."

7. Robert Moritz*, PwC

Approval rating: 94%
What employees say:

"Partners and senior management are always looking to help and promote you through the company.’ – Financial consultant, Belfast

*Moritz is the head of PwC in the US. Ian Powell is chairman and senior partner of the UK firm.

8. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture

Approval rating: 94%
What employees say:

‘Very good people to work with - senior leaders that will sit and work by your side till midnight if necessary.’ – Technology consultant, London

9. Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan

Approval rating: 93%
What employees say:

‘Great leadership and one of the best banks to work for.’ – Executive director, Bournemouth

10. Colin Temple, Schuh

Approval rating: 92%
What employees say:

‘Fantastic training and progression opportunities. Fantastic senior management team.’ – Trainee manager, Newcastle

11. James Gorman, Morgan Stanley – 91%
12. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs – 90%
13. Charlie Mayfield, John Lewis – 89%
14. Satya Nadella, Microsoft – 89%
15. Alistair Cox, Hays Plc – 88%
16. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover – 88%
17. Mark Weinberger, EY – 87%
18. Ratheesan Yoganathan, Lebara – 86%
19. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia – 85%
20. Andrew Witty, GSK – 84%
21. Tim Cook, Apple – 84%
22. Richard Hanscott, Yell – 83%
23. John Chambers, Cisco – 82%
24. Kris Hagerman, Sophos – 82%
25. António Horta-Osório, Lloyds Banking Group – 82%

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