Employees honor Island CEOs with Glassdoor nods

Mike's the man: After missing out in 2018, Northwell Health Chief Executive Officer Michael Dowling has once again landed on Glassdoor's annual Top CEOs list, finishing 44th among national large-business leaders.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

Two visionary Long Island leaders made the cut Wednesday, when digital employment hub Glassdoor named its top United States CEOs of 2019.

Northwell Health Chief Executive Michael Dowling ranked 44th overall among national large-company CEOs – making him the country’s top-ranking healthcare/hospital CEO and the fifth-best head honcho in New York State, according to Glassdoor’s 2019 large-company list.

Wayne Grossé, chief executive of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, placed No. 21 among small- and medium-business CEOs – like Dowling, the only Long Island exec to land on Glassdoor’s 2019 list.

The “employees’ choice” awards – ranking the nation’s top 50 SMB and top 100 large-biz CEOs – were “based entirely on employee feedback,” according to Glassdoor, which calculated its approval ratings based on the “quantity and quality of current and former employee reviews” aggregated between May 2, 2018, and May 1, 2019.

Dowling, who earned a 95 percent employee-approval rating, said he was “humbled by the honor.”

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“(I’m) especially so proud because of whom the judges are – the 69,000 employees who power Northwell Health,” added Dowling, who was last ranked by Glassdoor in 2017, when he placed 67th overall.

While “gratified to receive such overwhelming praise,” the Northwell Health CEO spread around the credit, noting “strong leadership is a reflection of the whole organization, not just one individual.”

“The ranks of this health system are filled with dedicated and passionate leaders at every level,” Dowling said. “For that, I’m most proud.”

The top three large-business CEOs on Glassdoor’s 2019 list were Pat Gelsinger of California-based software maker VMware, Charles Butt of Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B and Lynsi Snyder of California-based fast-food chain In-N-Out Burger, the top woman on this year’s list.

Chief Executive Robert Grossman, whose New York City-based NYU Langone Health manages Mineola’s NYU Winthrop Hospital, ranked 74th among large-business CEOs.

Other notables on the list included Microsoft’s Satya Nadella (No. 6), SalesForce tandem Marc Benioff and Keith Block (No. 17, jointly), J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon (No. 36), Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (No. 55) and Apple’s Tim Cook (No. 69).

Joining Grossé – who earned a 98 percent approval rating from current and former BFCU employees – on Glassdoor’s SMB list were top-three finishers Dan Burton of Utah-based Health Catalyst, Jessica Catino of Boston-based Digital Prospectors and Mario Schlosser of NYC-based Oscar Health.

“Honored and humbled” to make Glassdoor’s SMB list, Grossé agreed with Dowling that awards based on employee feedback are “most meaningful.”

“Bethpage’s employees are our most vital resource,” Grossé, who took BFCU’s reins in 2015, said Wednesday. “As a credit union, we operate knowing that ‘We Care About What You Care About’ isn’t solely a member promise, but a pledge to our 730 employees.”