Half of Microsoft employees not happy with Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s role as the head of the leading software firm in the world is approved only by half of the firm’s employees.

A fresh survey carried out by Glassdoor. com and cited by CNN Money showed that no less than 49 per cent of employees said that they do not think much of Steve Ballmer’s performance.

The researcher asked the employees to respond to the question, “Do you approve of the way this person [Ballmer] is handling the job of leading this company [Microsoft]?"

That means the cracks have started to appear for Ballmer because if a technology firm’s CEO is not performing well, he/she is not usually rewarded in loyalty by their employees.

Furthermore, on comparing Ballmer's 50 per cent approval rating with Oracle’s Larry Ellison’s 78 per cent success rating and Google’s Eric Schmidt’s impressive 96 per cent success rating, then it is fair to say that Mr. Ballmer is losing something.

However, it must be noted here that Glassdoor questioned only 1,000 employees out of Microsoft’s total 90,000 employees worldwide, with 53,000 employees in the US alone.

Earlier, Microsoft scored 3.5 out of 5 in employee satisfaction poll in the Fortune’s list of best companies, only a little behind Apple and Google.