Glassdoor’s Top CEOs for 2021 Announced; Boston Consulting Group CEO Rich Lesser Earns #…

Intentional, consistent and empathetic leadership during a global pandemic. An unwavering dedication to employees’ well-being while upholding the company’s mission and culture. Accessible, transparent and reliable. These are all qualities and themes that describe a top CEO and inspire employees to rate their CEOs highly over this past year.

There is no executive playbook for a pandemic. Yet, the winners of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards honoring the Top CEOs in 2021 threw out the “business as usual” mindset and embraced the changes required to lead their employees through uncertainty. The exceptional leaders featured on this list are not only driving their companies forward with innovative strategy and execution, they are engaging and uplifting their employees during challenging times, clearly demonstrated by the reviews employees have left on Glassdoor.

This year, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for the Top CEOs feature six distinct company categories across the U.S., Canada, UK, France and Germany. In the U.S, Glassdoor has revealed the Top 100 CEOs (honoring CEOs at employers with 1,000 or more employees) and the Top 50 CEOs at small & medium companies (honoring CEOs at employers with fewer than 1,000 employees). Glassdoor’s Top 100 CEOs in 2021 award features winning chief executives across diverse industries spanning technology, health care, finance, manufacturing, retail and more. 

“Over the past year, company leaders around the world faced unprecedented challenges to support employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the employees have spoken and it’s clear that these CEOs excelled and found new ways to support their people when the world of work flipped upside down,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer. “Through a challenging year, it’s inspiring to see Top CEOs who, according to their employees, adapted to change, redefined visions and led with transparency while putting the health and safety of employees first. I extend my sincerest congratulations to this year’s Employees’ Choice Award winners.”

This year, Boston Consulting Group’s innovative CEO Rich Lesser claims the top spot as a first time winner with a 99% approval rating. Lesser is no stranger to leading amid crisis, having led BCG through the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Great Recession. During COVID-19, according to employees on Glassdoor, BCG employees felt supported,  trusted BCG’s leadership team to carry them through the pandemic and saw how Lesser and his team led the company as a “masterclass in best practices.” Lesser and his BCG leadership team also embody the company’s core values, which include integrity, diversity, social impact and more.

More than half (56 CEOs) of this year’s Top 100 CEOs, including Rich Lesser, are on the list for the first time. Other newcomers include lululemon’s Calvin McDonald (No. 19, 96 percent approval), SurveyMonkey’s Zander Lurie (No. 40, 94 percent approval) and Slack’s Stewart Butterfield (No. 82, 92 percent approval). Five women are honored among the top 100 this year, including In-N-Out Burger’s Lynsi Snyder (No. 20, 96 percent approval), Fidelity Investments’ Abby Johnson (No. 44, 94 percent approval) and Progressive Insurance’s Tricia Griffith (No. 65, 93 percent approval). Apple’s Tim Cook (No. 32, 95 percent approval) is the only CEO to be honored all eight years.

The ten Top CEOs in 2021 in the U.S. are:

1. Boston Consulting Group’s Rich Lesser (99 percent approval)

2. Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen (99 percent approval)

3. MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Peter Pisters (99 percent approval)

4. Southwest Airlines’ Gary C. Kelly (98 percent approval)

5. Visa Inc.’s Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. (97 percent approval)

6. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella (97 percent approval)

7. H E B’s Charles C. Butt (97 percent approval)

8. Delta Air Lines’ Ed Bastian (97 percent approval)

9. Red Hat’s Paul Cormier (97 percent approval)

10. Booz Allen Hamilton’s Horacio D. Rozanski (97 percent approval)

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The five Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies in 2021 in the U.S. are:

1. 6sense’s Jason Zintak (99 percent approval)

2. Logical Position’s Michael Weinhouse and John Ganey (99 percent approval)

3. Apeel Sciences’ James Rogers (99 percent approval)

4. Lower’s Dan Snyder (99 percent approval)

5. South Carolina Federal Credit Union’s Scott Woods (99 percent approval)

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Congratulations to all of the CEOs honored, and thank you to the employees who shared their feedback on Glassdoor — it is due to both of you that organizations worldwide are becoming better, more transparent places to work.

Think your CEO deserves to make next year’s list? Share a review, and it will be considered for Glassdoor’s 2022 Employees’ Choice Awards.

Employers — wondering why your CEO didn’t make the list, and how you can become eligible for next year’s awards? Read here.

*Each list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each CEO approval rating determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility. For the full methodology, visit here

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Glassdoor’s Best Places To Work 2021 Revealed: Bain & Company Wins #1

Coming off the heels of a tumultuous and life-changing year due to COVID-19, it’s no surprise that the #1 Best Place to Work winner is an organization that creates solutions and delivers results that shape the world for the better. Priding themselves on a 10-year commitment to invest more than $1 billion in pro bono services to bring their talent, expertise, and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity, social justice, economic development, and the environment, Bain & Company has also been voted one of the Best Places to Work for thirteen consecutive years and now the #1 Best Place to Work in 2021. 

Being named the winner of Glassdoor’s 13th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2021 is no small feat, as COVID-19 cannibalized the job market, causing millions of layoffs and this year’s list was the most competitive to date. However, Bain & Company beat out the competition by prioritizing their workforce and expanding their philanthropic efforts. With over a million company reviews on Glassdoor, placing on the Best Places to Work list is a major achievement. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Glassdoor’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2021 list features winning employers across a range of industries, including technology, health care, biotech and pharmaceuticals, retail, travel and tourism, consulting, finance and more. Notably, with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are six biotech and pharmaceutical employers on this year’s list, a 200 percent increase from last year’s list, including Johnson & Johnson (No. 24, 4.4), Pfizer (No. 39, 4.3) and Eli Lilly and Company (No. 87, 4.2). 

In addition to recognizing the 100 companies on our 2021 Best Places to Work list for the U.S. Large Employers (defined as more than 1,000 employees), Glassdoor also compiled Best Places to Work lists for U.S. Small & Medium Companies (fewer than 1,000 employees), as well as across Canada, UK, France and Germany. This year, only one employer appears on five lists: Salesforce (U.S. large, Canada, UK, France, Germany). 

The top ten Best Places to Work in 2021 are:

1. Bain & Company (4.6 rating)

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2. NVIDIA (4.5 rating)

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3. In-N-Out Burger (4.5 rating)

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4. HubSpot (4.5 rating)

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5. McKinsey & Company (4.5 rating)

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6. Google (4.5 rating)

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7. Delta Air Lines (4.5 rating)

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8. lululemon (4.5 rating)

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9. Microsoft (4.5 rating)

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10. H E B (4.4 rating)

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“COVID-19 is in the driver’s seat and every employer has been impacted. This year’s winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they’ll rise to the challenge to support their people,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer. “A mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and career opportunities are always hallmarks of Best Places to Work winners. This year, we also see exceptional employers who have prioritized the health, safety and well-being of their employees. My congratulations go to all of this year’s outstanding Employees’ Choice Award winners.”

Here’s what some of the employees at some of this year’s winning companies have to say:

“They have put forth a very thoughtful COVID response plan, and really upped their game on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the wake of recent events in the US.” — Bain & Company Partner (Chicago, IL)

“The core values at NVIDIA – intellectual honesty, innovation, speed, excellence and working as one team – are ingrained into everything we do.”  — NVIDIA Senior Software Director (Santa Clara, CA)

“Amazing people, awesome leadership, I feel cared about every single day and we make the best burgers on the planet!” — In-N-Out Burger FSQR Supervisor (Los Angeles, CA)

For over a decade, we’ve taken great pride in honoring companies that employees love working for — and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. With winners determined based on employee feedback — no nomination process, no employee surveys or questionnaires and certainly no costs or fees involved — making it to Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list is truly an elite honor. Congratulations to all companies recognized, and to job seekers: if you’re looking to make your next career move, check out open positions at the Best Places to Work now!

Think your company has what it takes to be a Best Place to Work? Share a review!

Employers — wondering why you didn’t make the list, and how you can be considered next year? Read here.*Each list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each company’s overall rating determined based on the quantity, quality, and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility. For the full methodology, visit here.

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Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in Canada 2021 Revealed: Google Wins #1

Coming off the heels of a tumultuous and life-changing year due to COVID-19, it’s no surprise that the #1 Best Place to Work winner in Canada is an organization that creates solutions and delivers results that shape the world for the better. Making the commitment to create products that help disseminate COVID-19 information to the world more effectively, Google has been voted the #1 Best Place to Work in 2021. 

Being named the winner of Glassdoor’s 6th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2021 is no small feat, as COVID-19 cannibalized the job market, causing millions of layoffs and this year’s list was the most competitive to date. However, Google beat out the competition by prioritizing their workforce and expanding their philanthropic efforts. With over a million company reviews on Glassdoor, placing on the Best Places to Work list is a major achievement. Congratulations to all of our winners!

In addition to recognizing the 25 companies on our 2021 Best Places to Work list for Canada (honoring employers with more than 1,000 employees), Glassdoor also compiled Best Places to Work lists for the U.S. Large Employers (more than 1,000 employees) and U.S. Small & Medium Companies (fewer than 1,000 employees), as well as across the UK, France and Germany. This year, only one employer appears on five lists: Salesforce (Canada, U.S. large, UK, France, Germany). 

The top ten Best Places to Work in 2021 are:

1. Google (4.5 rating)

2. Microsoft (4.5 rating)

3. TC Energy (4.4 rating) 

4. Apple (4.4 rating) 

5. Belairdirect (4.4 rating) 

6. Sage (4.3 rating) 

7. Lululemon (4.5 rating)

8. SAP (4.3 rating) 

9. Manpower (4.3 rating)

10. Salesforce (4.3 rating) 

“COVID-19 is in the driver’s seat and every employer has been impacted. This year’s winning employers have proven, according to employees, that even during extraordinary times, they’ll rise to the challenge to support their people,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer. “A mission-driven culture, transparent leadership and career opportunities are always hallmarks of Best Places to Work winners. This year, we also see exceptional employers who have prioritized the health, safety and well-being of their employees. My congratulations go to all of this year’s outstanding Employees’ Choice Award winners.”

For over a decade, we’ve taken great pride in honoring companies that employees love working for — and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. With winners determined based on employee feedback — no nomination process, no employee surveys or questionnaires and certainly no costs or fees involved — making it to Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list is truly an elite honor. Congratulations to all companies recognized, and to job seekers: if you’re looking to make your next career move, check out open positions at the Best Places to Work now!

Think your company has what it takes to be a Best Place to Work? Share a review!

Employers — wondering why you didn’t make the list, and how you can be considered next year? Read here.

*Each list was compiled using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, and each company’s overall rating determined based on the quantity, quality and consistency of reviews during the period of eligibility. For the full methodology, visit here.

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