Danaher Reviews

Updated 7 October 2014
Updated 7 October 2014
125 Reviews
2.5
125 Reviews
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits and for the most part the culture is okay but it can be a bit demanding (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Danaher can be a tough place to work in terms of work life balance and stress (in 13 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danaher reflects the acumen of its former CEO.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer

    I worked at Danaher as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The emphasis on using systems to manage all aspects of the company gives you immense learning opportunities that can be applied in any organization. Most people leave Danaher after 18-24 months and become superstars in other organizations.

    Cons

    The Type A personalities have been replaced by bureaucrats who are more interested in filling out forms than growing the business or improving margins. Lawyers and tax accountants are required to approve business deals as aggressive business builders are kept on the sidelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure management and eliminate all non-productive positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    QA Eng

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Telford, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Telford, PA (US)

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lean environment at all levels

    Cons

    No resources for basic needs

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can be a good place, but much of the DBS Tools are just a distraction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management At the OpCo Level
    Current Employee - Senior Management At the OpCo Level

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Honest and ethical company. No worries about impropriety, bribes, illegal activity at Danaher.
    - Tries to communicate downstream well
    - Salaries are fairly decent for mid/senior mgmt.

    Cons

    - Tries to push a "one size fits all" model onto all OpCos, when in reality, many OpCos might actually perform better if DHR just left them alone or allowed customization of the DBS toolset to fit each OpCo blended needs.
    - DBS is really just Common Sense, but the "one size fits all" formula is pounded into the OpCos so much it just becomes a tiresome distraction from running your OpCo how you and your team know best.
    - Well over half the people drink the Kool-Aid because they must to survive, but don't really believe in all the DBS hype.
    - Can be quite competitive; not always a bad thing.
    - For tech companies (like Fluke, TekComms, Arbor, VSS, Teletrac or even radically consider all OpCos) DHR really should consider granting equity as part of the overall comp and retention package to all fulltime exempt employees.
    - In general, DHR is a fairly unfun and dull place to work, but sometimes the work just isn't that sexy, either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customize DBS to each OpCo (or, at least, customize to segments), listen to OpCo leadership more, grant equity to more team members (not just exec team or senior performers) and keep your good ethics and honesty moving forward (that part is refreshing)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company, many people know the stock

    Cons

    in every meeting you have to give 15 minutes for whom you are speaking with to indulge you on what a great find THEY are. They hire less then competent people in Executive titles that waste more money and time the one has to give

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell off the companies that lose money ad concentrate on the those that generate revenue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you can "corrective action" your way thru anything; this is the place for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Former Employee - Production Manager

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a company that is known nationwide for being aggressive, a plus on your resume.

    Cons

    No work life balance at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People don't live to work; they work to make a living.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Progressive Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Growth potential has been steady.
    DBS is key and processes are in place for efficiency.
    Office culture is friendly.

    Cons

    Compensation does not seem to be aligned with market and experience. Yearly performance appraisal is around 3%. There is no concept of profit sharing/Bonus based on the success of the company.
    Policy for Vacation is use it or lose every year.
    Employee stock purchase is not an option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is a culture of continuous improvement which is nice. Great company match on 401(k) which works out to be 6% as long as you put in at least 5%.

    Cons

    Upper-management try to push "the best team wins," but it seems that only upper-management "win." Pay is sub par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're paying people realistically.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good to learn how to begin with the scratch.

    Cons

    lack of visibility in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treat me well, but too much focus on stock price

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH (US)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I'm at an op-co, Keithley Instruments. Locally, it's a great environment, friendly (if nerdly) people. Interesting work and products.

    Cons

    Cheap. Have to fight to get computer equipment appropriate to the job you are doing. Danaher is stock-driven, so game playing at the end of every quarter to make the numbers look good. Many departments are chronically short-staffed; only so much more you can do with less.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I divorced at 35, but became millionaire at 38...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global exposure, career opportunities, core values, compensation package, freedom

    Cons

    Star Wars: you will find bright leaders whom are the gate keepers of the company values with whom you will learn and grow, but also you will find poor leaders very opportunistic working the month to make up their finance call and that will surf on the ever leaning race of the businesses to build their career and be a threat to your success, to Danaher success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more of the skip meetings with Group Exec/Senior Management. GM / BUM / VPs should have a 360° every year with a participants list they do not choose and being extended to all functional departments (2 each)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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