The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees

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The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Boston Scientific CEO Michael Mahoney is one of the top ranked CEOs, based on a summer 2020 Glassdoor analysis.Mark Neuling/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
  • The coronavirus pandemic has been a test for corporate leaders.
  • People, especially employees, are watching how CEOs respond to troubling times and judging them based on it.
  • To find out which CEOs are viewed most favorably by their employees during the pandemic, jobs site Glassdoor analyzed anonymous employee reviews posted on its website between March and July.
  • Leaders from Zoom, DocuSign, Box, and Boston Scientific made the list.
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The coronavirus pandemic has been, and continues to be, a major test for corporate leaders.

The public is watching whether CEOs lay off or furlough workers, as well as how they treat their employees during this time. As billionaire Mark Cuban said in April, customers who see companies laying off employees will send those brands "to the toilet."

Employees themselves are obviously taking note, too. Bank of America's Sheri Bronstein, the company's chief human resources officer, recently told Business Insider that employees are paying close attention to the benefits their employers choose to give them or not, such as added mental health benefits or childcare benefits.

So which CEOs have done a good job navigating the pandemic crisis, according to employees? Jobs posting and research website Glassdoor analyzed anonymous company reviews on its website between March and July to find out.

To determine the ranking, Glassdoor looked at the quality of employee reviews, CEO approval ratings, and how employees talked about their leadership during the pandemic. Leadership scores are rounded to the nearest hundredth for reporting simplicity.

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Glassdoor provided data for both CEOs in the US and in the UK. We've listed US CEOs first, then those from the UK.

Here are the top 25 US CEOs, ranked.

25. Bill Goldstein is the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Industry: Government

Leadership score during COVID-19: 85%

24. Steven P. Richman is the group president of power tool company Milwaukee Tool.

Industry: Manufacturing

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 85%

23. Mark Pearson is the CEO of financial services firm Equitable Advisors.

Industry: Finance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 85%

22. Paul Markovich is the president and CEO of insurance company Blue Shield Of California.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Paul Markovich.Blue Shield California

Industry: Insurance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%.

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21. Scott Moorehead is the CEO of TCC Verizon Authorized Retailer.

Industry: Retail

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

20. Michael F. Mahoney is the president and CEO of medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Michael F. Mahoney.World Medical Innovation Forum/Youtube

Industry: Manufacturing

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

19. Chad Richison is the CEO of human capital management software provider Paycom.

Industry: Tech

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

18. Krishna Sudheendra is the CEO of UST Global.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Krishna Sudheendra, CEO of UST GlobalUST Global

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

17. Shelly Sun is the CEO and founder of BrightStar Care, a home care and medical staffing company.

Industry: Healthcare

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

16. Steve Hasker is the CEO of Thomson Reuters.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Steve Hasker poses in Toronto.Reuters

Industry: Business information services

Leadership score during COVID-19: 86%

15. Daniel Springer is the CEO of digital signature company DocuSign.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Docusign CEO Daniel SpringerDocusign

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87%

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14. Paul Todd is the CEO of professional education services firm GLG.

Industry: Consulting

Leadership score during COVID-19: 87%

13. Stu Sjouwerman is the founder and CEO of security training company KnowBe4.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

12. Kenneth Cooper is the CEO of North American Dental Group.

Industry: Healthcare

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

11. Steve Beauchamp is the CEO of HR and payroll provider Paylocity.

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

10. Michael Schall is the president and CEO of real estate investment trust Essex Property Trust.

Industry: Real Estate

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

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9. Jim Kavanaugh is the CEO of tech services provider World Wide Technology.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
WWT CEO Jim KavanaughWikipedia/Mrigden

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 88%

8. Ben Salzmann is the CEO of Acuity Insurance.

Industry: Insurance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

7. Corey Schiller and Asher Raphael are the co-CEOs of Power Home Remodeling.

Industry: Construction

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

6. Aaron Levie is the cofounder and CEO of file sharing and cloud content management company Box.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Box CEO Aaron LevieBox

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

5. Stanley Middleman is the founder and CEO of mortgage banker Freedom Mortgage.

Industry: Finance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

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4. Eric S. Yuan is the CEO and founder of video conferencing service Zoom Video Communications.

The 30 highest-rated US and UK CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to employees
Zoom

Industry: Tech

Leadership score during COVID-19: 89%

3. Michael Weinstein is the president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit that provides medical care to those impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Industry: Healthcare

Leadership score during COVID-19: 92%

2. G. Brint Ryan is the chairman and CEO of tax advisory firm Ryan, LLC.

Industry: Accounting

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 93%

1. Mark Aslett is the president and CEO of defense electronics company Mercury Systems.

Industry: Aerospace and Defense

Leadership score during COVID-19: 95%

Here are the top 5 UK CEOs, ranked.

5. Daya Thayan is the CEO of the care-homes company Kingsley Healthcare.

Industry: Healthcare

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Leadership score during COVID-19: 91%

4. Greg Reed is the CEO of the home assistance provider HomeServer UK.

Industry: Insurance

Leadership score during COVID-19: 93%

3. Duncan Rendall is the founder and CEO of the property management agency Rendall and Rittner.

Industry: Real Estate

Leadership score during COVID-19: 94%

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2. Alan Hirzel is the CEO of Abcam, a company which develops biological reagents and tools for diagnostics and drug discovery.

Industry: Biotechnology

Leadership score during COVID-19: 94%

1. Steve Hare is the CEO of the enterprise software company Sage.

Industry: Computer Software

Leadership score during COVID-19: 95%

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