Marissa Mayer was employee No. 20 at Google and rose to the top - now she's been poached by Yahoo.Here she speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Dinner New York City at Hudson Room at the Time Warner Center on May 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.)

Marissa Mayer was employee No. 20 at Google and is now the CEO at Yahoo! Photo: Getty

This story first appeared on Mashable.

Marissa Mayer has said the first step in her plan to turn around Yahoo! is to make the company a more desirable place to work. So how well has that worked out?

The average employee satisfaction rating at Yahoo was 3.7 out of 5 in three of the four quarters that Mayer has been CEO, according to data provided to Mashable by Glassdoor, a job site that features reviews from anonymous employees for thousands of companies. Employee satisfaction at Yahoo under Mayer is at its highest level in the five years Glassdoor has been tracking reviews.

GD Report. Yahoo Company Ratings QoQ

Mayer, who took over as Yahoo! CEO in mid-July of last year, has also enjoyed a stronger approval rating so far than some of her predecessors in the role, based on Glassdoor's data. Mayer had a 91% rating in her first quarter at the company and an 84% rating in the most recent quarter, for a cumulative rating of 85%. By comparison, Carol Bartz and Scott Thompson each had ratings in the low 30% range in their final quarter at the company.

Some of the employee reviews on Glassdoor praise Mayer for bringing a "sense of vision and urgency" to the company, as well as adding more "employee friendly benefits," like free food and additional paid leave for new parents.

“Things were kind of stagnant under Bartz and Thompson," wrote one senior software engineer at the company. "Marissa Mayer has really stepped up to make life better for the employees and get rid of soul-crushing dysfunction."

GD Report. Yahoo CEOs Comparison Yang to Mayer QoQ


Not everyone is a fan of Mayer's Yahoo!, however. Some faulted the company for cracking down on the option to work-from-home and for its infamously long hiring approval process.

Indeed, the approval ratings for Mayer and Yahoo are still well below those of other tech companies. Google, where Mayer worked previously, has a 4.1 rating on Glassdoor and its CEO Larry Page has a 95% approval rating.