Danaher Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
126 Reviews
2.5
126 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 - a driven culture through the use of Lean Manufacturing philosophy ie DBS

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    Former Employee - DBS Director
    Former Employee - DBS Director

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

    Pros

    Very Strong Management - winning culture, not a place for those with a weak work ethic

    Cons

    Wil be interesting with Larry Culp stepping down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly challenging and meritocratic but not warm and fuzzy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Director
    Former Employee - Finance Director

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

    Pros

    Lots 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.

    Cons

    Cost-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 ManagementAdvice

    Place 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Network Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Engineer

    I have been working at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Always something different.
    All in all great place to work

    Cons

    can get burnt out
    Danaher asks alot out of thier employees

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

    Get in, survive, get out

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Premiere for learning lean practices, especially at an established part of the company. Lots of smart people. If you are willing to work hard and navigate the politics, you can get a great name on your resume and learn how to be ruthless. It will may working anywhere else look easy. Get to learn change management.

    Cons

    Generally the management style is one of overachieving, insecure, high ego folks who don't want to be bothered helping develop others. When things don't go perfectly, be prepared that someone will be blamed. If you're really good at your job, you get the chance to work in the underperforming or newly acquired businesses to turn them around - which means your bonus won't pay out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your core values and drive process adherence and take the time to teach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge potential. Too much short term focus on sales, no true organic growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    If you want to learn business systems, this is the place to be. Danaher is very effective at what I call the firm processes such as manufacturing. procurement, quality, and even sales to some extent.

    The people are great (but moral is poor)

    Cons

    Danaher does poorly with, excuse the term, fuzzier processes such as innovation and organic product development. My belief is that there are flaws with some of the concepts behind the DBS system. One of the concepts appears to be that anyone or any team can be made to fit a role with the appropriate DBS tool and training. To some extent, that is true. Virtually anyone can be taught to swim, or to play a musical instrument. So, while anyone can be taught the tools, you get mediocre performance from mediocre skill. There is little or no attempt to highlight and assist the people that are excellent in their roles, at least at the innovation level. Managers of these people may get noticed, but they are not the innovators.

    Danaher is not, in my experience, a company where skills and contribution are valued more than being a manager. There is no balance re specialists, SME's, etc. If you are not a manager it is hard to get your voice heard. Your viewpoint may be heard if you are fortunate enough to have a boss who brings your voice forward and does not take credit for it. , A boss that does this though does it sometimes at their own peril.

    Danaher managers are not 'people' managers, even the better ones. They tend to try to project and micro manage. Who is managing the people? There is no real career path planning, no training for new roles, no mentoring (again unless you are lucky). A wise person once told me "good managers give their people the tools knowledge and resources to get the job done, and then let them do their job". No micromanagement in that.

    Danaher focuses much too closely on maximizing profit to shareholders. This myopic view has the effect of having everyone lose sight of the other aspects of growing the company, i.e. innovation, organic growth, etc.. Forget about suggesting 2 year or longer projects even if you have the very lucrative business cases to back them up. Managers like the idea of doing these projects, however they are being driven very hard by their managers to increase weekly and quarterly profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Examine truly successful innovation driven companies that grow primarily through internal organic growth. Buying companies is not organic growth.
    2) Determine who your key non-management people are, you have a lot of them that are underutlized, bored and frustrated
    3) take your learning's from 1) and 2) and implement action plans based on what you have learned.
    4)Yes, sales are important, but they are to any company. Focus more on the rest of the business and sales will go up as a result.

    The above would be a good start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treat me well, but too much focus on stock price

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If You Live to Work, This is Your Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager
    Current Employee - General Manager

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Processes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Deploy 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, culture of blame

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Altoona, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering in Altoona, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    401k and retirement contributions are fine.

    Cons

    Turnover is extreme, average 1 salaried employee every 12-weeks. Continuous culture of blame and a very hostile environment. There is no stepping up to admit problems because there are negative repercussions to anything off plan, or any miss on "stretch" goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make this a place people want to work. Focus on the people and not so much the numbers. Empower the employees. Stop the blame game. Stop the micro-management. This is not healthcare, peoples lives are not in the balance. This is manufacturing, and profits are there. Stop the "stretch" goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learning the ropes.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    The people I work with.

    Cons

    not at this time, may rewrite later

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