T-Mobile's Legere named best U.S. wireless CEO, fourth best overall
We've often praised T-Mobile CEO John Legere for leading the carrier's amazing turnaround that has made it the fastest growing and most innovative of the four major U.S. carriers. Today, T-Mobile announced that the executive has received some recognition from the Glassdoor website. Based on an online survey filled out by former and current employees, Glassdoor named Legere the top CEO in the U.S. wireless industry for the fifth consecutive year. He received a 99% approval rating from T-Mobile employees.
Part of Legere's charm is that he flaunts the conventional rules about how a CEO should look, dress and act. He wears his hair long and instead of a suit and tie, Legere is usually spotted in a magenta T-Mobile t-shirt and jacket. And he has no problem attacking the competition, even using choice four-letter words if the situation calls for it. The executive, named T-Mobile CEO in September 2012, appears to be passionate about the industry and his employees appear to feel the same way about him.
While Legere finished first among wireless CEO's, he ended up fourth in the overall ratings. Other tech names on that list include Adobe's Shantanu Narayen (5th-98% approval rating), Microsoft's Satya Nadella (6th-98%), Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang (18th-96%), Google's Sundar Pichai (46th-94%), Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (55th-94%) and Apple's Tim Cook (69th-92%)
For the second consecutive year, Glassdoor also named T-Mobile as one of the Best Places to Work; the carrier finished number 59 in this category. The news comes as all signs point to the Justice Department giving its approval this week to the $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. The latest news has Dish Network in talks to buy Boost Mobile and some wireless spectrum from T-Mobile and Sprint for more than $6 billion. This will satisfy the DOJ's demand that the two wireless providers help create a new competitor before they combine.