VMware’s Pat Gelsinger Voted Best CEO In America: Glassdoor

‘We spend more of our discretionary time with our work families than we do our personal ones; it is important to me that our team enjoys that time we have together,’ says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.


Receiving an astounding 99 percent approval rating from users on Glassdoor, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger was voted the best CEO in America in 2019 among all U.S. large companies.

“Our culture is one of possibilities, where everyone is empowered, because together we are shaping the future of business in the digital world,” said Gelsinger in an interview with Glassdoor about being voted the No. 1 CEO in America. “If you think about it: we spend more of our discretionary time with our work families than we do our personal ones; it is important to me that our team enjoys that time we have together.”

Gelsinger, 58, who took home the No.1 spot in CRN’s 2018 Top 100 Executives list, has revamped his company’s innovation strategy and boosted sales and channel momentum. The seven-year VMware CEO is also known for this charity work as well as being an highly active Twitter user.

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Glassdoor is an employment website where employees anonymously review companies and their management. The 2019 Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards for the Top CEOs contains six categories and includes reviews by employees and former employees from the website. Glassdoor says the ratings are based on the consistency, quantity and quality of the reviews.

“We’re always been big fans of Pat since he took over and happy to see him get the leadership recognition he deserves,” said George Miller, vice president of solution provider Technology Group Solutions, Lenexa, Kans., which partners with VMware. “[The award] is based off what employees truly think of their company, so it shows he’s created a culture at VMware that people enjoy and want to stay. That’s good news for everyone – customers, VMware partners and VMware.”

Gelsinger rose from being ranked No. 78 in Glassdoor’s 2018 Top 100 Executives list to the top spot this year.

I’m honored and humbled to be ranked on @Glassdoor’s 2019 #TopCEOs list. It’s safe to say I couldn’t be the leader I am without the support and dedication of our incredible #VMware community. https://t.co/2P96N3H0ki

— Pat Gelsinger (@PGelsinger) June 19, 2019

“Fostering an innovative company culture is paramount to us at VMware, especially now as we enter our next phase of growth,” said Gelsinger. “Ours is one of those rare work environments where our people understand they have an opportunity to transform the impossible into the essential. That translates directly to high employee satisfaction. The way our people believe in our mission and how they feel about the company – those are reflections of our culture. That’s incredibly inspiring to me personally, and it validates our spirit of innovation.”

With over 24,000 employees, Gelsinger said VMware seeks employers who share the company’s passion and excitement for solving the most difficult problems for customers and drive the future of technology. He VMware’s hiring strategy revolves around what the company dubbed EPIC2, which stands for Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community.

“We hire epic people, to join an epic team, to create epic products and achieve epic things. It’s a fun acronym that defines us well,” said Gelsinger.

VMware’s CEO said a good leader must understand how to constantly learn, grow, evolve and keep a hard work ethic. “I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without hard work and perseverance to continuously learn and grow,” Gelsinger said.

Other technology CEO’s who made Glassdoor’s 2019 Top 100 Executives list include T-Mobile’s John Legere, who ranked No. 4 with a 99 percent approval rating and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella at No. 6 with 98 percent approval rating.

The Palo, Alto, Calif.-based virtualization leader posted strong results for its recent first fiscal quarter by generating $2.27 billion in total revenue, up 13 percent year over year.