Corporate chiefs are often the targets of both public bashing and adoration, but perhaps what counts most is how they're perceived by their own employees.
More than 280,000 employees voted on their CEO's performance for career review and rating site Glassdoor's latest list of the highest rated CEOs. While many of the CEOs on the list may have a bad reputation among the public at large, they were able to maintain the respect of their co-workers.
A prime example may be Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein. The Wall Street bank was the target of criticism even before it earned the nickname Vampire Squid, but a recent New York Times op-ed by a former executive has only exacerbated its negative reputation. Despite dropping nearly 8 percentage points in approval, Blankfein remains in the top eleven highest-rated CEOs. Still, rumors have suggested that Blankfein may not be the bank's CEO for much longer.
As the CEO of Apple for little more than half a year, Tim Cook has gotten off to a good start since taking over for Steve Jobs. Cook topped both the list for the highest rated tech CEO and overall CEO, according to Glassdoor.
But Apple too has had its struggles recently. Most notably, the company has been in hot water over working conditions at the Foxconn factories in China where many of the company's gadgets are manufactured. But following a recent report that found the factory had broken Chinese labor laws, Apple has pledged to improve the conditions at Foxconn.
High approval or not, 2011 was a pretty good year for CEOs. Compensation for chief executives rose 2 percent to an average of $9.6 million, according to USA Today.
Here are the top ten highest-rated CEOs, according to Glassdoor: