Danaher
2.5 of 5 104 reviews
www.danaher.com Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 18, 2014

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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Highly challenging and meritocratic but not warm and fuzzy.

Finance Director (Former Employee)

I worked at Danaher part-time for more than 8 years

ProsLots of opportunities to learn and grow professionally for self-starters with initiative and drive. Good comp and benefits. Smart, professional colleagues. Very disciplined, successful approach to operations and financial management.

ConsCost-cutting and layoffs are excessive and damaging to business health and employee morale. Very focused on short term results versus true growth. Human resources and IT are very low priorities. Don't look for lots of approbation. Poor at true innovation and creative marketing & sales strategies. Process (DBS) can become form over substance, and is not effective in some areas of the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlace a much higher value on the good people you have and demonstrate it. They will make you even more successful. You need to make "The Best Team Wins" a genuine cultural imperative, not just a hollow saying. As it is, employees view that "core value" as a bit of a joke.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Network Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time

ProsAlways something different.
All in all great place to work

Conscan get burnt out
Danaher asks alot out of thier employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If You Live to Work, This is Your Place

General Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat opportunities if you're willing to sacrifice and work extremely hard. Will become a millionaire if you get in the equity program. Great business system and processes for most everything. If you can survive here, you can survive anywhere.

ConsProcesses aren't always followed. Quest for revenue growth leads to some questionable ethics and decisions. More politics than sr. leadership will admit to. No investment in facilities and work environment is poorly maintained. Not for everyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementDeploy some capital in the facilities and give people a place to work they can take pride in. You are losing customer focus by being overly concerned with short term financial results.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience but can be a SHARK TANK!

DBSL (Former Employee)

I worked at Danaher full-time for more than a year

ProsMetric driven organization with high levels of accountablitly. Heavy focus on Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement. Upper management provides tools necessary to achieve goals.

ConsMetrics are everything at Danaher. They strive to make sure everyone knows the rules of the game and what both winning and losing looks like. However, if you are in a division that is suffering financially the game is impossible to win.

Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more involved with projects throughout the month and not just for montly reviews.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Danaher delivers on its promises to associates & customers

Human Resources Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat focus on continuous improvement in a collegial, non-blaming environment. Great opportunities for career growth across the many companies Danaher owns. Wide variety of science, technology and environmental companies under the Danaher umbrella. Senior management is excellent. Lots of highly intelligent people in the company.

ConsSometimes the decentralized nature of the company means several operating companies are duplicating efforts. Like most publicly-traded companies there is an intense focus on meeting Wall Street's numbers each quarter.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue the focus on keeping the unique culture that makes Danaher great.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I worked at Danaher full-time for more than a year

ProsThe people and bosses are great to work with

ConsSome times you will have to work long houses

Advice to Senior ManagementThey are great and no advice is needed

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Well-run company.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsStable, well-run company that performs in down-turned economies. The Danaher Business System is a proven success. Open communication amongst operating companies is fantastic and leads to further success.

ConsExpectations are high, so associates are driven to work longer hours when a lot is on the line. Travel can be a bit too much at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Charlotte, NC (US)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for less than a year

ProsA lot of visibiility with upper level management. Able to control your own career.

ConsRecent hire, none showing so far.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent place for professional growth

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time

ProsRecognition for results, fast paced, very good environment for driver personalities.

ConsDifficult to maintain work life balance. Will take as much as you allow. You must have incredibly honed task management and prioritization skills to thrive.

Advice to Senior ManagementGrow talent organically. There are a number of very talented employees with runway. Stop cycling MBA candidates with no experience through jobs they have no prior skills with. They're in the role just long enough to make a mess for others to clean up then they get promoted. It leads to poor morale among those who drive true accomplishments.

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Effort is appreciated - Results Matter

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 10 years

ProsResults focus
Profitable company
DBS
People

ConsFocus on #'s at the expense of people
politics (not everywhere - but getting worse)
HR is becoming more powerful = more BS and less ability to move quickly

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let all of the OP's talent leave - remember how we got to be this great of a company (DBS and great OP's guys!)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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