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Danaher Reviews

Updated 2 February, 2015
Updated 2 February, 2015
147 Reviews
2.7
147 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Place for Engineers to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    On paper this looks like a good job for a Mechanical or Materials engineer because they'll be dealing with mechanisms and new materials.

    Cons

    However there was motivation for innovation and upper management was focused on ringing every drop from that dam Damon line. People were nice enough, but just pretty dressed because they all see the end coming and don't have enough energy to get off the boat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. This is a horrible place to work and mainly because of Danaher and upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great People, Lacking Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC (US)
    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work around, operators on the floor were my favorite part. If you need help, employees will stop everything their doing to help in any way they can. Certainly a great place to learn.

    Cons

    It's a great place to get your feet wet, but not to stick around. Consistently a revolving door of engineers, and management certainly has lots to learn about letting engineers d their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    This company is one that expects a lot from its' employees but is willing to reward them for their time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Very business focused where employees were expected to perform at not 100% capacity but at 110%.

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

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to strive for excellence at all times which also motivates personal growth. There are many opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge as well as training. Many great people work there, the most enjoyable part of the job was to be around such wonderful people.

    Cons

    Due to the constant pressure the company puts on their employees it is a very stressful to be an employee there. Employees are required to conduct many self assessments each year but are rarely rewarded for their efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Danaher

    • 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

    Pros

    Growth, flexibility, rotation., Good for MBAs..

    Cons

    Unstructured career path, experience depends on ops company

  8.  

    Work hard, get opportunities to grow and have more responsibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Challenging daily work environment, talented management, high expectations. If you are willing to work hard, ask questions, and show you are committed, it is a great place to begin your career or grow your career. Also many locations around the country and world

    Cons

    Business moves very quickly which can be frustrating for some. Acquisitions of other companies are frequent and can cause confusion about how company will be integrated into the existing Danaher operating company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more on where we are going with products and direction in the marketplace, how we are going to continue winning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Its just OK to work for Danaher, the work life balance gets out of order a lot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Perks are as per industry standard,
    Office culture is OK

    Cons

    Too much sales pressure,
    Work life balance is not great,
    opportunities for personal growth are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management should try to improve work life balance & compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to work for an organization with warped values, then this is the place

    • 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

    Pros

    Reasonably financially stable and reasonably paid

    Cons

    If you had self-esteem when you arrive then you certainly won't by the time you leave. As nothing is ever good enough and apparently it is motivational to 'celebrate the red'. There is absolutely no loyalty in this organization as it is a complete senior management shark tank and be prepared to be mauled by the great whites if you or the department do not perform to the targets that are set.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider what your function actually is when you are called 'Management'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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