Lloyd Blankfein won't win any nationwide popularity contests, but Goldman Sachs (GS) employees say they love him.
Blankfein was the highest-ranked banking chief on career website Glassdoor's list of most popular CEOs of large companies. The rankings, released this week, relied on employee input.
With an approval rating of 94%, he stood at no. 8 on the list, which was topped by LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and his 100% approval rating.
Richard Davis, CEO of U.S. Bancorp (USB) in Minneapolis, came in at no. 12, Richard Fairbank of Capital One Financial (COF) was no. 28, and USAA chief Joe Robles was no. 22.
American Express (AXP) CEO Ken Chenault, with 81% approval, made it on at No. 44.
(The list was supposed to be a top 50, but Glassdoor added one more name after discovering Northwestern Mutual CEO John E. Schlifske (No. 4) had been left off.)
No bank CEOs cracked Glassdoor's list of the 25 highest-rated leaders of small and midsize companies.
This is the second year Glassdoor has released the rankings, which are based on employee feedback left on the site.
Two top-fifty execs last year have disappeared from this year's list: Jim Rohr, who handed the reins at PNC Financial Services (PNC) to Bill Demchak last April, and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, whose recent struggles in the court of public opinion are well documented.
Blankfein, meanwhile, was a sharp riser: ranked no. 36 last year, with an 85% approval rating, the Goldman boss surged in popularity despite a reported 3% dip in the company's bonus pool last year. Who says Wall Streeters only care about money?