An anonymous poll last August found out that a staggering 97 percent of Apple employees approved of Steve Jobs when he stepped down as CEO, only three percent saying the co-founder could have done better.

A new study by careers community site Glassdoor, which also conducted the previous survey, now pegs Tim Cook’s approval rating at the same 97 percent high.

While it’s too early to judge the new CEO, the numbers are indicative and important, telling us that the post-Jobs Apple and the U.S. industries at large have high confidence in the new leadership.

John Paczkowski explains over at the AllThingsD blog:

As Cook told Apple employees at Jobs’s memorial last October, “Among [Steve’s] last advice for me, and for all of you, was to never ask what he would do. ‘Just do what’s right.’”

And according to Cook’s employees, he’s doing exactly that. His 97 percent ranking placed him ahead of not only Qualcomm’s Paul Jacobs and Ernst & Young’s Jim Turley, but Google’s Larry Page and American Express’ Ken Chenault, as well.

Since this anonymous poll was conducted mere ten months after Cook had been named the CEO, you should take it with a pinch of salt.

Still, I didn’t expect that Cook would score the same approval rating as Jobs did.


  • I did expect that. I think he’s a great CEO

  • I hope this is not a bad timing, but…

  • Steve Jobs only earned a 95% employee approval rating. Tim Cook is actually above Steve Jobs at a staggering 97% – they are not the same.

    • Cook has a 97 percent approval rating among the rank and file. That’s the same cumulative rating Jobs had when he stepped down as CEO — and two points better than the rating given him in his final year in that role.

      • The chart didn’t show the rating Steve Jobs had after his last year so it is misleading me – Thanks for that comment. The big question then is where will Tim Cook close after his first year.

  • shane holman

    Like most consumers, I care 1% about whether his score is high or low.

  • steve is the best