Danaher Reviews

Updated 31 October 2014
Updated 31 October 2014
128 Reviews
2.5
128 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 6 reviews)


Cons
  • the place can be high strung work hours, poor work life balance, cliques, back biting (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Decent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Good company that typically buys smaller companies.... If your company is doing well they leave you alone.
    Fairpay, good benefits.

    Cons

    It doesn't value sales people like they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work as long as your boss is fair.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    working on hi technology products is great experience. Constant exposure to a challenging and ever changing requirements.

    Cons

    the place can be high strung work hours, poor work life balance, cliques, back biting. having a life is a disadvantage.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danaher reflects the acumen of its former CEO.

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    • 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    The Type A personalities have been replaced by bureaucrats who are more interested in filling out forms than growing the business or improving margins.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
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  5.  

    Constant change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most employees not in top management were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Attrition is horrible due to the constant changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is lacking for anyone not in top management. Limit change in policy and procedure it happens so often you do not know which end you are working from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Buyer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the procurement team. We the buyers looked out for one another and covered down when workloads become unbearable which they did most of the time.

    Cons

    Lack of personnel and training. We were told they would hire more employees but they never did. The company also took away our ability to work remote which was a reason I took the job. Leadership slow at responding to time sensitive decisions. Employees are not held accountable for their actions and do not pull their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training (any!). Stop closed doors decision making, allow all employees to have buy in on projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    QA Eng

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    • 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive

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    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
  10.  

    Unmet promises

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

    Great focus on getting things done, the right way

    Cons

    You do not walk the talk. You are trixked into joining because it can provide an international and diverse career - but in all honesty it is all bs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the " good old Danaher" where efforts and results counted. Today, who you know (and brown noosing) seems the only way to keep your job. And then, DBS becomes all fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work here at your own risk.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Meetings/ConventionManager in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Meetings/ConventionManager in Milwaukee, WI (US)

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're young, and are able to make all of the sacrifices, you can move up very fast in this organization. A modicum of competence and a nod to the DBS quality system is all you need if you know how to play the game and are willing to burn your bridges as you go.

    Cons

    I worked for many years for a foreign owned company that was purchased by Dananher. They let us operate as per past practices for a while, and we continued to be highly successful, but eventually their management insisted on imposing their will. After 18 months of their serious meddling, it’s a wonder the company is still in business.

    Paranoid management, disrespect, constant tension, and long hours sum up most of Danaher’s real culture. Generally speaking, it is a pressure cooker and all communication is one directional – top down. Any attempt to streamline, impact change, or even discuss a better way to do anything is strictly frowned upon when it comes from the bottom. Work longer/harder, don't complain or try to fix any of the myriad broken systems or processes, and don't forget that there are 10 people lined up outside to take your spot (your manager certainly won't forget).

    The DBS quality system is a joke. Don’t get me wrong, theoretically it has many outstanding qualities. Unfortunately, the company is operated by ruthless, ladder climbing, management-by-spreadsheet types who have neither the time nor the inclination to learn let alone properly apply the myriad processes. “Whatever worked once will work again” is the prevailing attitude, and a one-size-fits-all solution is forced on everything.

    All of the talk about growth, best practices, and competition is just that… idle talk. Ultimately, the Danaher business model is not one of retain and reinvest. It is the same old downsize and distribute, cut your way to profitability, do anything to meet/beat analysts’ expectations on your stock price management style that pervades the entire venture capital culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can I say? Danaher has destroyed almost as many companies as it claims to have "saved". The business plan has made senior managers very wealthy, so there's really no motivation to change anything simply to guarantee the long term future of its constituent companies, their customers and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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