The telecommunications industry is a huge employer. Its reach spans every technology-related business sector and it remains at the heart of the entertainment world, as well. Prospective employees face a dizzying array of companies from which to choose. Many factors go into picking the right job, but it’s worth taking a close look at the CEO. It may seem that Chief Executives operate up in an ivory tower, but their influence reaches much farther than you’d think. They are the captain of the ship, and the impact of their strategy, decisions, and even personality can often be felt right down to the smallest everyday details.

We've decided to round up the top 20 men and women who are making the big decisions in the telecommunications industry these days, but we’re ranking them by the measure that really matters: how their employees feel about their leadership. We’ve used up-to-the-minute CEO ratings from Glassdoor.com to put together this list of the highest ranking telecommunications CEOs you could hope to work for, ranked by previous and current employees. In putting together the list, we only chose CEOs who had more 5+ recent employee reviews/ratings, and who had earned a minimum CEO approval rating of 70%. The CEO ratings shown below are dated as of 10/27/14, and may change.

Jeffrey Gardiner Windstream Leads the Way With Savvy Growth

Jeff Storey Brings His Efficiency and Passion to Leading Level 3

Willem Offerhaus of iBasis Brings a Whole World of Knowledge to the Company

Steven G. Mihaylo at Crexendo Remains Deeply Involved in the Day to Day

Pat Esser of Cox Communications has Devoted More Than 30 Years to the Company

Jay Reeder of VoiceNation Makes Employee Training and Development a Priority

Michael Tessler Continues to Nurture Broadsoft and its Employees

Vik Verma Creates a Collaborative Atmosphere at 8x8

David Morken of Bandwidth Fosters Warm Relationships With Employees

Larissa Herda Leads tw telecom to Consistent Growth and Continuous Innovation

Pat Nola of Sorenson Communications Supports Cutting-Edge Access Technology

Stephen G. Canton of iCore Both Demands and Rewards Hard Work

Don Joos Invigorates ShoreTel Employees With a Progressive, Global Vision

Ray Dolan of Sonus Networks Offers Decisive, Deliberate Leadership

Clark Peterson of Telesphere Inspires Confidence With Extensive Experience

Mike Burkland of Five9 Inspires Passionate Teamwork

Tomas Gorny of Nextiva Creates a Dynamic Work Environment

Greg Provenzano at ACN is Invested in Employee Career Growth

2. John Pope at Jive Prioritizes Growth for Both Company and Employees

Dan King of ReadyTalk is Always Available to Employees

 

Sources:
1 – ReadyTalk Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
2 – Jive Communications Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
3 – ACN Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
4 – Nextiva Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
5 – Five9 Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
6 – Telesphere Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
7 – Sonus Networks Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
8 – ShoreTel Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
9 – iCore Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
10 – Sorenson Communications Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
11 – tw telecom Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
12 – Bandwidth.com Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
13 – 8×8, Inc. Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
14 – Broadsoft Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
15 – VoiceNation Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
16 – Cox Communications Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
17 – Crexendo Employee Ratings & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
18 – iBasis Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
19 – Level 3 Communications Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor
20 – Windstream Employee Insights & CEO Rating on Glassdoor