With rumors circulating that Hewlett-Packard’s board may fire chief executive Leo Apotheker, it is interesting to note that his approval rating is declining fast among employees.
Apotheker has a 25 percent approval rating so far for the month of September, according to jobs and career community site Glassdoor. Overall, nearly 3,000 HP employees have left reviews and ratings on Glassdoor. For the overall length of his time at HP, Apotheker has an average 58 percent approval rating, with 42 percent disapproving.
When former CEO Mark Hurd was fired, he held a 34 percent approval rating among HP employees, while interim CEO Cathy Lesjak held a 55 percent approval rating during her month in the position. The average approval rating for CEOs on Glassdoor is 62 percent.
One marketing director at HP commented on the site, “Fire Leo. The man is flat out incompetent. We’ve gone from fiasco to the next under his reign.”
HP employees have given HP itself a rating of 2.5 out of 5. Carol Bartz, former Yahoo CEO, who was fired on Sept. 6, had an approval rating of 33 percent in the third quarter, which was actually above her 24 percent rating, an all time low, in the second quarter. Steve Jobs had a 97 percent approval rating among Apple employees.