Santa Monica, CA — Avi Steinlauf, CEO of car information and shopping network Edmunds.com, has been recognized as one of the highest-rated CEOs for 2016 by Glassdoor. The jobs and recruiting site houses millions of company reviews that have been shared by current and former employees.
In its annual Employees' Choice Awards, Glassdoor ranks the chief executive officers who receive the highest ratings from company employees in countries throughout North America and parts of Europe.
Among the CEOs recognized in the U.S. at small and midsize companies for 2016, Steinlauf ranked No. 22 overall, while receiving a 95 percent approval rating from the anonymous reviews that Edmunds employees shared on Glassdoor from May 2, 2015, to May 1, 2016.
"This is a very special honor because it's based on actual feedback from the hardest working and most dedicated co-workers that I could possibly ask for," Steinlauf said. "It's the people who make Edmunds such a unique and successful culture, and I'm truly touched that my colleagues value me as much as I value them."
Glassdoor gathers CEO approval ratings through its online company review survey which seeks to gain current and former employee sentiment about job and company satisfaction, work environment and culture. Glassdoor asks employees to rate a number of workplace factors, such as compensation, benefits and work-life balance. It also asks whether the employees — current or former — approve or disapprove of the way the CEO is leading the company.
In addition, the site asks employees to describe some of the upsides and downsides of working for the company and provide any advice for senior management.
"Inspiring and motivating an entire workforce is an overwhelming, yet imperative, undertaking," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor's CEO and co-founder. "The CEOs on this list have earned the approval and respect of their employees, evidenced by the feedback shared on Glassdoor. This list celebrates that achievement and challenges all CEOs to aim to do the same."
Steinlauf joined Edmunds in the summer of 1998 as the director of business development and has also headed the company's marketing and revenue management areas. Previously, he worked for Coopers & Lybrand's Knowledge Strategies Group. He has an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Yeshiva College.
Under Steinlauf's leadership, Edmunds has earned spots on several "best place to work" lists, including on Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Fortune and global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work, 2016 Best Places to Work in IT by IDG's Computerworld and the Los Angeles Business Journal's Best Places to Work in Los Angeles. Great Place to Work also named it a 2016 Best Workplace for Diversity and a Best Workplace for Asian Americans.