While it has been a wild three years as Google’s chief for Sundar Pichai — full of criticism over consumer privacy, its strategy on China, conservative bias (including spats with President Trump) and a slew of sexual misconduct reports about senior executives— his employees still like him.
According to a study released this month by Comparably, Pichai ranked as the third overall best CEO of a large company behind Home Depot’s Craig Menear and frontrunner Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
To tally the rankings, Comparably polled employees anonymously at the various companies to find out who is truly the best to work with.
Here’s who made the top 10 list.
1. Microsoft CEO—Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, speaks during the opening night of the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake -
2. The Home Depot CEO—Craig Menear
3. Google CEO –Sundar Pichai
4. Intuit CEO—Brad Smith
DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: In this handout image supplied by Sportsfile, Brad Smith, CEO, Intuit, speaks on stage during Day 3 of the 2014 Web Summit at the RDS on November 6, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE via G
5. HubSpot CEO—Brain Halligan
6. Amazon CEO—Jeff Bezos
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 24: Jeff Bezos attends the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. Under the motto "An Evening for" Jeff Bezos receives the Axel Springer Award 2018. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
7. Insight Global CEO—Bert Bean
8. Workfront CEO—Alex Shootman
9. Salesforce CEO—Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Salesforce, participates in a panel discussion at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco, California November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
10. T-Mobile CEO—John Legere
T-Mobile CEO John Legere, left, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure are interviewed by Liz Claman during her "Countdown to the Closing Bell" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion
This story, originally published on 12/11/18, has been updated.