Glassdoor stats reveal Yahoo employee sentiments about CEO Mayer

Do Yahoo employees want to see Marissa Mayer around for another year? Glassdoor reveals what it has found.


Marissa Mayer has been at the helm of Yahoo for the last year now, so online jobs and careers community Glassdoor has published numbers about how the chief executive's leadership has been received.

Survey says? For the most part, the odds are in her favor.

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Researchers found that Mayer has an 85 percent cumulative approval rating as CEO, based on 179 Yahoo employee reviews. Employees were asked whether they approve of the way their CEO is leading the company.

For reference, as of the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, Yahoo had approximately 11,300 employees worldwide.

However, Glassdoor hints there is room for improvement by highlighting higher approval ratings for other famous CEOs in the Valley.

According to the jobs site, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had a 97 percent cumulative approval rating, Google’s Larry Page earned 95 percent, and Apple’s Tim Cook had a 93 percent approval rating as of July 10.

Furthermore, employee job and company satisfaction levels have only improved slightly under her tenure compared to that of her predecessors.

On a five-point scale from 1.0 meaning "very dissatisfied" to 5.0 for "very satisfied," Yahoo got a 3.7 under Mayer — up from 3.4 for Scott Thompson and 3.2 points for Carol Bartz.

In terms of feedback on notable (and sometimes controversial) changes that Mayer has instilled, comments ran the gamut from support for free food and mobile device benefits to criticism over the elimination of the work-from-home option .

This particular piece of feedback from an anonymous Yahoo marketing director at the Internet company's Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters might sum up the last year and near future best:

"Past failures (CEOs) still haunt Yahoo!... but Marissa is making fast work of retrofitting the company for the future. It will take time to turn around."


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