Glassdoor, the career website, announced its 2015 list of the 50 highest-rated CEOs on Wednesday. The annual indexing ranks chief executives based on reviews from some of the toughest critics in the business: Employees. The list is a who’s-who of some of the most influential people in the corporate world and spans a variety of industries, but, not a single female CEO managed to capture a spot among the top 50. Last year’s list included two women chief execs: Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Turney who ranked 35th and Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer who just made the cut at number 50.
So, what gives this year?
Glassdoor’s community expert, Scott Dobroski, said that just because women didn’t crack the top 50 this year doesn’t mean that female leadership is lacking. “There are hundreds and thousands of companies out there, we’re only highlighting the top 50 at large companies,” he told Women in the World. In order to qualify for the ranking, Dobroski said companies must have at least 1,000 employees and receive at least 100 reviews from U.S. based employees over a 12-month period that specifically answered whether or not the employee approved of the way the CEO was leading the company.
But people at Glassdoor noticed the lack of gender diversity, too, and the site published a separate piece highlighting five female CEO’s that met the above requirements. Among the five highlighted, were General Motors CEO Marry Barra who had an approval rating of 86 percent and Pamela Nicholson of Enterprise Rent-A-Car who fell just behind her with an 84 percent approval rating.
Dobroski notes that approval ratings peak and dip throughout the year based on what’s going on inside the company, but the stability of a CEOs numbers can also tell a story about leadership as well. “Before Marissa Mayer came on board, all of her predecessors really just kind of went down, quarter by quarter, ” said Dobroski. “When she came on, she was quite high and she’s really held steady,” he said.
Worldwide there has been a call for more female CEOs and executives so the lack of female leadership on this year’s list is disappointing, but Glassdoor sent Women in the World an extended list of top female executives who fared very well in teh employee reviews, but finished just outside of the top 50.
Here are the 10 highest-rated female CEOs of 2015, according to Glassdoor, which shared the data with Women in the World. Joins us in celebrating them.
- General Motors CEO Mary Barra, 86 percent approval
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car CEO Pam Nicholson, 84 percent approval
- Ann Taylor CEO Kay Krill, 84 percent approval
- Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, 83 percent approval
- Victoria’s Secret CEO Sharen Turney, 83 percent approval
- Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson, 82 percent approval
- Epic Systems CEO Judith Faulkner, 76 percent approval
- Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith, 75 percent approval
- PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, 73 percent approval
- Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, 72 percent approval