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Year Up Founder and CEO Named a Glassdoor Top CEO in 2021

Mar 31, 2023

Glassdoor Top CEOs 2021 Employees' Choice Award

Ninety-eight percent of reviews by Year Up employees expressed approval of Chertavian’s leadership as CEO



Year Up founder and CEO Gerald Chertavian has been honored as one of the Top CEOs in 2021 in the U.S. SMB Category on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites. Gerald received a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, which recognizes top leaders that employees love working for in countries throughout North America and parts of Europe.

Year Up is a leading workforce development nonprofit founded by Chertavian in Boston in 2000. The program has served more than 34,000 students across 35 campuses in the United States.

Among chief executives recognized by employees in the U.S., Chertavian received an impressive approval rating based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews shared by current and former Year Up employees on Glassdoor throughout the past year. According to the website, 98 percent of Year Up employees reported that they approved of Chertavian’s leadership as CEO. Across the approximately 1.5 million employers reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 73 percent.

Several reviews on Glassdoor discuss the high level of engagement among coworkers and the professional development opportunities available at Year Up. The most critical area that Year Up continues to actively focus on is diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB), with the goal of making much-needed progress in improving the retention and advancement of people of color.

“In the past year, we’ve overcome tremendous challenges while continuing to work to close the Opportunity Divide for young adults across the country,” said Chertavian. “I’ve aspired to demonstrate empathetic leadership in both piloting new program models externally and creating a more inclusive, supportive culture internally, and I’m honored to have these efforts recognized positively by Year Up staff. That said, there’s still a lot more work to be done, and I’m indebted to the extraordinary talent in our organization as we continue on our journey to become an anti-racist organization.”

“Over the past year, company leaders around the world faced unprecedented challenges to support employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, the employees have spoken and it’s clear that these CEOs excelled and found new ways to support their people when the world of work flipped upside down,” said Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor chief executive officer. “Through a challenging year, it’s inspiring to see Top CEOs who, according to their employees, adapted to change, redefined visions and led with transparency while putting the health and safety of employees first. I extend my sincerest congratulations to this year’s Employees’ Choice Award winners.”

When employees submit reviews about their employer on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate several factors tied to their employment experience. These include rating sentiment around their CEO’s leadership as well as around senior management, among others. Specifically, when rating their CEO on Glassdoor, employees are asked to report whether they approve or disapprove of or have no opinion about their CEO’s performance.

Employees’ Choice Award winners for the 2021 Top CEOs and Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies are determined using Glassdoor’s proprietary algorithm, taking into account the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between May 2, 2020 and May 1, 2021. At a minimum, employers considered for the large list must have received at least 100 company reviews, including at least 100 CEO approval ratings and at least 100 senior management ratings. Employers eligible for the small & medium list must have received at least 35 company reviews, including at least 35 CEO approval ratings and at least 35 senior management ratings during the eligibility period. For reporting simplicity, CEO approval ratings are displayed as whole numbers, though calculations extend beyond the thousandth decimal place to determine final rank order. Complete award methodology can be found and downloaded here:

SEE THE 2021 WINNERS: All winning CEOs across this year’s six categories can be found by visiting:
100 Top CEOs – U.S.
50 Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies – U.S.
25 Top CEOs – Canada
50 Top CEOs – UK
10 Top CEOs – France
10 Top CEOs – Germany


About Glassdoor
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