An analysis of staff satisfaction levels at the world's leading technology firms has shown trouble at the top for Microsoft and Yahoo in terms of what staff really value in a good manager.
Survey data received by jobs and career community Glassdoor shows that Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz's popularity plummeted 27 per cent in the past year, leaving just half the company approving of her conduct.
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer also dropped in employee estimation to achieve the lowest approval rating of all at just 40 per cent, followed by Michael Dell at 48 per cent.
The most beloved chief executive was Eric Schmidt, who will be leaving Google with a 96 per cent approval rating. Google was also considered the top place to work.
Apple chief Steve Jobs was the second most popular at 95 per cent, and eBay's John Donahue rose highest in staff's eyes, up 22 per cent.
Glassdoor has collected over 1.5 million anonymous staff questionnaires for nearly three years, and the data is quite clear on what makes a good boss in the eyes of employees.
"The number one thing is open communications, in great times or in tough times," Glassdoor corporate communications manager Samantha Zupan told V3.co.uk.
"Communications within the workforce, whether it's the chief executive or a manager of small team, is absolutely vital - anything to avoid the element of surprise."
Zupan also pointed out that Bartz's ranking was not the lowest suffered by a Yahoo chief executive.
"While Carol's rating isn't at an all-time high, she is at least more liked than Jerry Yang," she said.
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