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Apple's Tim Cook breaks into top 10 CEO list

Gregg Keizer | June 11, 2015
Honeymoon over for Microsoft's Satya Nadella, who doesn't make the first 50 in annual Glassdoor rankings.

Nadella's Glassdoor rating took a drubbing last summer after Microsoft announced its largest-ever layoff, an 18,000-employee reduction triggered by the acquisition of Nokia's phone business.

Dobroski also cited the incident last October when Nadella put his foot in his mouth at a women-in-computing conference. At the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Nadella answered a question about how women should put themselves up for promotion by saying, "It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along."

Heat followed, and Nadella quickly issued a statement that acknowledged that he had answered the question "completely wrong."

As for advice to chief executives hoping to do better next year, Dobroski had some succinct suggestions. "Be passionate about the business, but especially show strong leadership, lay out a clear vision for the company's direction, and communicate that clearly to employees," he said.


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