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These are the 10 best CEOs in America in 2019, according to Glassdoor

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Trust in senior leadership consistently ranks as one of the top factors that contributes to an employee's satisfaction.

That's according to a Glassdoor survey on the workplace priorities professionals value the most. For the seventh year, Glassdoor has taken a closer look at thousands of employee reviews on its platform to come up with its list of the Top 100 CEOs in the U.S.

To be considered for the list, companies that have 1,000 or more employees had to receive at least 100 company reviews between May 2, 2018 and May 1, 2019, including CEO approval ratings and senior management ratings. Small and medium-sized companies, those with less than 1,000 employees, had to receive at least 35 company reviews during that time period. Among the roughly 900,000 employers reviewed, Glassdoor found the average CEO approval rating was 69%.

VMware CEO Patrick Gelsinger earns the No. 1 spot on this list with a 99% approval rating. Before joining VMware, Gelsinger spent the bulk of his career at Intel, where he became the company's first CTO and drove development of USB and Wi-Fi technology, according to VMware's website.

Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are the only two CEOs who have made the list all seven years, but neither one of them cracked the top 10 spots. In fact, Zuckerberg fell from No. 16 last year to No. 55 this year, while Cook jumped from No. 96 last year to No. 69 this year.

Take a look below to see who rounds out the top 10 best CEOs of 2019:

10. Hubery Joly, Best Buy

Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer of Best Buy Co.
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CEO approval rating: 97%

Employee review: "Best Buy leadership shows it cares for its employees through good pay and benefits, and continual review so that we can do our best to deliver an excellent employee experience."

9. Gary S. Guthart, Intuitive Surgical

Gary Guthart, CEO, Intuitive Surgical
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CEO approval rating: 97%

Employee review: "Very competitive pay (high on equity), great atmosphere to work in, lots of room for personal and professional growth and amazing leaders who care deeply about the product, significantly improving perks to keep up with the Silicon Valley standard."

8. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn

Jeff Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn Corp., speaks during a Studio 1.0 interview in San Francisco, California, U.S.
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CEO approval rating: 97%

Employee review: "Leadership does everything right. If there is a new policy and they hear negative feedback, they make adjustments and do so transparently. When things are going well revenue-wise, they use it effectively to boost morale."

7. Kevin Sneader, McKinsey & Company

Kevin Sneader speaks on stage during #BoFVOICES on November 30, 2018 in Oxfordshire, England.
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CEO approval rating: 98%

Employee review: "McKinsey is an excellent firm to work for. They truly care about their people and it shows through the excellent benefits and perks they offer."

6. Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella smiles during the question and answer portion of the Microsoft Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bellevue, Wash., on Nov. 28, 2018.
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CEO approval rating: 98%

Employee review: "Excellent pay, fantastic company culture, working with the best and brightest people from around the world. And the evolution since Satya took over the main job was incredible to see!"

5. Shantanu Narayen, Adobe

Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems Inc.
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CEO approval rating: 98%

Employee review: "Great leadership, employees are valued which is exhibited via the great benefits and competitive salaries."

4. John Legere, T-Mobile

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CEO approval rating: 99%

Employee review: "I am extremely excited to be here and very impressed with the CEO, John Legere. He's the real deal folks! He's laser focused on his customers, his employees and the growth of the company. He's innovative and up front, and such an enjoyment to watch. His employees love him."

3. Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out Burger

Lynsi Snyder, formerly Lynsi Torres, the owner and president of the In-N-Out Burger restaurant chain, stands for a photograph with her trophy after winning the National Hot Rod Association's Lucas Oil Drag Racing
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CEO approval rating: 99%

Employee review: "People are genuine, intelligent, diverse, hard working, honest and overall good human beings. The leaders are amazing mentors who focus on serving others, and simply love all people."

2. Charles C. Butt, H-E-B

Charles Butt
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CEO approval rating: 99%

Employee review: "H-E-B as a company truly lives up to its aspirations of working to make the lives of its customers, partners and communities better. This starts with Charles Butt and the company's senior leadership who set the tone and demonstrate consistently that serving others is what H-E-B is all about."

1. Patrick Gelsinger, VMware CEO

Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMWare, speaks during the Montgomery Summit in Santa Monica, California, March 9, 2017.
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CEO approval rating: 99%

Employee review: "Maintains a start-up feel even as they grow to a global leader. Excellent thought leadership and mentorship and the camaraderie and collaboration across departments and senior level management makes for a fast-paced, encouraging, innovative and world-class environment to be a part of."

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