December 10, 2018

Let’s See Where Your Favorite Big 4 CEO Landed on Glassdoor’s 2018 Top 100 List

Lynne Doughtie KPMG

Each year, Glassdoor puts out a list of the highest-rated CEOs in the U.S., based on anonymous employee reviews and feedback. Up until last year, the annual ranking was limited to 50 CEOs, but in 2017, Glassdoor extended the list to the top 100. Good thing, because while three Big 4 CEOs made Glassdoor’s 2018 list, only one made the top 50.

And that was Lynne Doughtie, U.S. chairman and CEO of KPMG, who placed 43rd on the list. Doughtie, who took over the reins of KPMG in 2015, was not included in Glassdoor’s 2017 and 2016 lists. (Her predecessor, John Veihmeyer, was still included in the 2016 list and was ranked 13th). She had a 94% employee approval rating.

Doughtie even finished ahead of Tesla CEO Elon Musk (49th), who might be high right now. She is also the fourth-highest-ranked woman CEO in Glassdoor’s list.

The seventh-highest-ranked woman CEO on the list is Deloitte’s Cathy Engelbert, who came in 63rd and had a 93% employee approval rating. Engelbert, who became the first woman CEO of a Big 4 firm in the U.S. in March 2015, was ranked 40th in 2017 and 41st in 2016.

However, this could be the last time Engelbert makes Glassdoor’s list as Deloitte’s chief; she wasn’t renominated for a second four-year term as the firm’s CEO.

Coming in at No. 82, two spots below Grant Thornton CEO Mike McGuire, is EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger, who has held that position since June 2013. Weinberger had a 92% employee approval rating. He finished 70th in 2017, 14th in 2016, and 18th in 2015. (Weinberger didn’t make the list in 2014).

I can only assume that PwC’s Tim Ryan didn’t make the top 100 list because he is the firm’s U.S. chairman, not CEO. Or he was ranked 101st. I don’t know. If you’re not a P. Dubstepper, do you really give a shit?

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