A survey suggests that more than 50% of Microsoft’s employees aren’t satisfied with the CEO’s performance.
You would think his energetic persona and over-the-top antics would find him in a favorable position with his employees – in front of him and behind him!
But not quite. According to a survey conducted by Glassdoor.com, only 51% of Microsoft’s employees find CEO Steve Ballmer’s performance satisfactory. That’s an ‘ouch’ considering Microsoft employees actually enjoy working in the company. The Redmond-giant ranked 51 on Fortune’s list of 100 best companies to work for with a average satisfaction rating by employees of 3.5 out of 5, slightly lower than Google’s and Apple’s 3.8 but significantly higher than the likes of HP, Dell, IBM, Oracle, etc.
Despite strong sales of Windows 7, Office 2010 and the company’s cloud computing solutions, Microsoft’s stocks have dropped dramatically ever since Ballmer stepped in as CEO from 2000. Things aren’t going well still for the CEO as Microsoft revealed in a regulatory filing on Friday that Ballmer wouldn’t receive his max potential bonus this year. The reason was due to the “unsuccessful launch of the Kin phone, loss of market share in the company’s mobile phone business, and the need for the company to pursue innovations to take advantage of new form factors.”
The shareholders have been calling for a new leader for sometime now, and for Ballmer, the company’s upcoming projects like Windows Phone 7 and their other ventures into new markets will decide if he will still get to scream ‘developers’ at conferences.