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Danaher Reviews

Updated 26 January, 2015
Updated 26 January, 2015
26 Reviews
4.0
26 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.  

    This company is one that expects a lot from its' employees but is willing to reward them for their time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    they are willing to pay well
    great benefit package
    interesting to work for due to the vast majority of industries they operate in

    Cons

    A lot is expected of employees in terms of hours worked
    lack of HR representatives at each location
    The vast size of this company provides for slow decision making processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    excellent working envirnoment and compensation

    Cons

    top line has to be sure for the policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

  3.  

    Good Company

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

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Office culture was good, fairly laid back. DBS and 5S were good tools to have and were definitely enforced. Would work for Danaher again!

    Cons

    Benefits weren't great, but better than most. Raises and reviews didn't always happen in a timely fashion. Promotions weren't always encouraged from within.

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  5.  

    Great stock to own, less of a great place to work unless you work in accounting

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Management Sales
    Former Employee - Middle Management Sales

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

    Pros

    Strong financial health, deep pockets for acquisitions. When they enter a segment they want to dominate it. Good sense of who to buy and when. Good comp plans. Lot's of opportunity to advance and grow.

    Cons

    It is run by bean counters. In all the lines of business you will find a person with an accounting background running the show. Hard to do things like innovate, serve the customer well, make good equipment and grow the top line when the people in charge are looking through the lens of a spreadsheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop putting CPA's in charge of large sales organizations.
     2) If you are buying companies that have working equipment and the new models developed under DHR don't measure up, you are doing it wrong
    3) Danaher is becoming a brand in and of itself, and in some lines of business letting the companies keep their individual brands creates confusion for the customers and weakens the impact of being owned by DHR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Electronics Technician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Wood Dale, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Wood Dale, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Stable company, Excellent benefits, lateral movement to subsidiaries.

    Cons

    Pay scale on the low side. cannot move up "The Ladder" without paper ( Degree).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Have worked at Danaher for 2 years

    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Danaher pays well and seems to have a lot of upward opportunity for high performing employees.
    True company wide culture around DBS and really accepts and implements lean processes - there are a variety of training opportunities within the company and the corporate level employees are brilliant.

    Cons

    Danaher is very demanding and can be a high stress environment. Sometimes the decisions that are made are more focused on the short term bottom line versus the long term success and sometimes at the expensive of the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your operating company level leadership and what they are doing. I think the corporate VPs should meet with middle managers at the operating company to get a better view of what is really going on and how customers are impacted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working as contract employee for 2+ years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Danaher as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    The corporate Danaher does not seem to mess around with the division level companies and obstruct their operational strategy/tactics (good thing) but provides reasonable structure and financial backing when needed.

    Cons

    Unwilling to be flexible when it comes to things like vacation. Some methodologies in place (e.g. expenses) that seem very antiquated and cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing division-level independence with respect to operational tactics and allow more flexibility for unique division culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging - Training under fire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    They leave you room to grow up in pay and responsibility when you start a job at Danaher. If you work for an acquired Danaher company be prepared to work hard and cut out wasted tasks (process improvement)

    Cons

    Most of their systems don't talk to one another and yet detail reports are requested on demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High paying chiefs are paid well, but sometimes it feels like there are not enough Indians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice colleagues and balanced life.

    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Intern - Tax Intern in Cleveland, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Workload is very reasonable and the environement is appealing.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is not quite attractive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication among employees.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly challenging and meritocratic but not warm and fuzzy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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