Inside Dell (DELL), CEO Michael Dell has a 66% approval rating -- higher than Steve Ballmer's approval rating (55%) inside of Microsoft (MSFT). Inside the foundering Motorola (MOT), CEO Greg Brown has a pitiful 19% approval rating, while Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs has an unsurprising 91% approval rating from his employees.
Last week, I wrote about the debut of Glassdoor, a company-rating site from Rich Barton, who also founded Expedia and Zillow. The idea is to provide a TripAdvisor-like place for employees to rate their own companies and management, and open the results up to anyone. (The one catch -- you have to do a rating in order to see the other ratings.)
In its first five days, Glassdoor got 40,000 reviews on 9,800 companies around the world -- and that's with the site's editors rejecting one to two out of every 10 entries because, as a spokeswoman says, "the submissions violate community guidelines (naming names, completely one-sided, compromise member's anonymity, etc.) or are just plain bogus."
The companies with the most reviews so far tend to be tech companies, and of those with a significant number of reviews, you can learn some interesting things.
I think Glassdoor is going to be an interesting tool for looking into companies. And I haven't even dug into the written reviews yet!
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