Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is rated third-worst tech company CEO

By Preston Gralla

The criticism of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just doesn't let up. He's just been rated the third worst CEO of more than 50 major tech companies by the site Those ratings are based on what employees think of their CEOs, so there's clearly dissension in the Microsoft ranks. puts together a "Naughty and Nice" list every year for technology CEOs, based on ratings that employees give to company CEOs on the Web site. Of the more than 50 CEOs of top technology companies, Ballmer's rating was way down toward the bottom, at third worst. He received a 35% rating, according to GeekWire, down from 49% a year ago. Only Yahoo CEO Timothy Morse at 31%, and Xerox's Ursula Burns at 28% did worse.

The CEOs of Microsoft competitors did far better than Ballmer. Apple's CEO Tim Cook rated at 96%, Google's Larry Page rated 92%, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg rated 89%. has more bad news for Microsoft as well -- the company didn't make the list of the 50 best places to work as rated by employees. The list covers all companies, not just tech companies. Facebook was number 3, Google was number 5, and Apple was number 10.

This isn't the first time Ballmer has been slammed by ratings. Back in April, his rating was 40%, which at the time was the worst of the CEO of any major tech company.

Will Ballmer's rating have any impact on his staying or leaving Microsoft? Absolutely none at all. There have been increasing calls for his resignation this past year, including one from influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn. But he he shows no sign of leaving. He's said that he'll retire in 2018, and he seems to be holding to that date.

Copyright © 2011 IDG Communications, Inc.

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