The Nicest and Naughtiest CEOs of 2008, a website that lets employees anonymously rate and review their employers, has released its list of the nicest and naughtiest CEOs of 2008. The nicest CEO is Genentech's Art Levinson with a 92% approval rating and the least popular CEO is Steve Odland of Office Depot, with a disapproval rating of 80% (why that's even worse than President Bush's!)

What's up with Office Depot? One department manager in Dallas Texas wrote:

“Fire Odland and kill ridiculous programs like ones listed above. Please, Please, Please give this company back to its workers. The corporate office in Delray Beach, FL is asleep at the wheel and frankly incompetent. Maybe If some of them would listen to or maybe even spend a few hours in a store they would understand their own business a little better. This company will fail If you do not get back to basics! Cheap no hassle prices and fast checkout! NO MORE PROGRAMS PLEASE!”

In the city where I live there are Staples, Office Max and Office Depot within 10 minutes drive of each other. Guess which one they recently closed down!

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Shareholders had the chance to vote for another candidate during last year's proxy contest. Guess what, the majority voted for Stevie... What happened with that strong turn-around plan for Depot?
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The Office Depot CEO is a complete idiot. He used to make us stand up and recite the company "motto" at every meeting -- the motto that he paid a consultant a ton of money to create. What's that all about?

Constant layoffs .... oops, I mean REDUCTIONS IN FORCE. Store employees are treated like dirt and nobody knows what goes on in the stores. Hourly employees are treated like cattle.

Why does the board keep this idiot -- don't the shareholders CARE?

his picture resembles a lizard ready to strike.
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The photo on the right is taken from Stevie's wax dummy in Madam Tussauds in London. Unfortunately, the wax dummies are not particularly life-like when photographed.
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