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Steve Ballmer's sweat glands can barely contain their excitement over his 41% approval rating. (Only 31% disapproved)
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It's 5:21 PM on a Thursday: Do You Know Where Your CEO Ranks?

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Steve Ballmer's sweat glands can barely contain their excitement over his 41% approval rating. (Only 31% disapproved)
Seattle has no shortage of awesome corporations, as politicians and best-place-to-live surveys frequently remind us. But they're not always so awesome when you feel them from the inside, as Trent Reznor might put it. Glassdoor.com (among whose early investors was Zillow CEO Rich Barton) surveyed employees of local corps to determine which ones are best (and worst) to work for. Same for their bosses. (Surprise: Zillow and its CEO Rich Barton topped their lists, though Glassdoor tells TechFlash it was merely coincidence.) A look at some notable results:

Battle of the legacies: Times' inheritor Frank Blethen is frankly not that fun to work for, with 25% of employees surveyed approving of his work, and 42% disapproving. Compare that to Nordstrom inheritor Blake Nordstrom, who's approved by 63% and disapproved by just 9%.

Battle of the Z's: As mentioned, Zillow tops the list at a 4.3 rating (on a 1-5) scale, while Zones bottoms it with a 2.4. Barton is approved by 80% and disapproved by 10%, while Zones CEO Firoz Lajii is approved by 17% and disapproved by 50%.

Also hot: Mark Emmert. SW's Nina Shapiro may not approve of his pay, but UW employees apparently approve of his work.

Finally, the one guy we wish were on the list: Frank Colacurcio, Sr. He has a very hands-on approach to employee management, but he's certainly kept Rick's humming through the years.

 
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