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What Can I Do To Get In The Running?

A spot on Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs list is the ultimate validation that you have the support of your people. Unlike other workplace awards, our list is entirely based on employee feedback. So, what can you learn from these great leaders to up your management game and help your own CEO increase his or her chance of securing a spot next year?

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Why Didn't My CEO Make It?

If your CEO didn't make the cut this year, here are some potential reasons why:

Content Requirements

In order to be considered for any Glassdoor list, companies must have a minimum number of reviews posted on Glassdoor during the period of eligibility. To find out how many reviews were needed this past year, check out the Highest Rated CEOs methodology document. Plus, find out how to encourage employees to share feedback on Glassdoor by reviewing our Responding to Reviews Templates. Reviews that appear on Glassdoor must meet our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.

Period of Eligibility

Since Highest Rated CEOs is an annual list, Glassdoor requires a minimum number of reviews posted during the period of eligibility, which ran from May 2, 2016 to May 1, 2017. To help you track reviews shared by your employees, unlock your Free Employer Account.


This list takes qualitative and quantitative data into account. We assess the quality of the reviews to identify CEOs that truly outshine the rest in the eyes of their employees. If your CEO has a higher approval rating than another, has enough ratings to be considered, and meets those requirements during the period of eligibility, the quality of reviews may have been the determining factor.


Part of our proprietary algorithm assesses consistency of the qualitative and quantitative data shared on Glassdoor by employees. Inconsistent data can, in some cases, impact a CEO's rating for awards purposes.

Extenuating Circumstances

A CEO and/or employer may be excluded if the Glassdoor eligibility panel determines detrimental acts by management or other negative events that could ultimately damage employees' faith in the employer, its senior leadership, and/or adversely affect its overall rating on Glassdoor. An employer may also be excluded if senior leaders or employees are suspected of attempting any fraudulent activity on Glassdoor, including intentional or unintentional acts that violate the Glassdoor Community Guidelines and/or Terms of Use.

Complete Methodology

Download the complete methodology for Highest Rated CEOs. Each year, Glassdoor reserves the right to improve methodology to prevent abuse and ensure the highest level of quality reviews and data integrity. Learn what factors predict a high CEO rating in recent research by Glassdoor's Chief Economist.