Danaher Reviews

Updated 6 July, 2014
Updated 6 July, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Have worked at Danaher for 2 years

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Working as contract employee for 2+ years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher as a contractor (more than an 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging - Training under fire

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice colleagues and balanced life.

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

    I worked at Danaher as an intern (less than an 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly challenging and meritocratic but not warm and fuzzy.

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    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
  7.  

    Network Engineer

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    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If You Live to Work, This is Your Place

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    • 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  

    Great experience but can be a SHARK TANK!

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    Former Employee - DBSL
    Former Employee - DBSL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Metrics 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 ManagementAdvice

    Become more involved with projects throughout the month and not just for montly reviews.

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

    Danaher delivers on its promises to associates & customers

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

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on keeping the unique culture that makes Danaher great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Software

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people and bosses are great to work with

    Cons

    Some times you will have to work long houses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are great and no advice is needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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