Danaher Reviews

Updated 23 April, 2015
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Danaher President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas P. Joyce, Jr.
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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. Helpful (2)

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

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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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

  2. Vice President and General Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrington, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrington, IL (US)

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great process oriented company with smart employees.

    Cons

    Great deal of measurement and reporting that can impede progress towards goals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the longer term goals.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Engineering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Danaher

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning of Danaher Business Systems

    Cons

    Absolute focus on short term profitability

    Advice to Management

    Danaher could be a better place to work if they didn't focus so much on achieving Quarterly profit targets

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Many long time employees that really treat each other like family

    Cons

    Management always pushes for more, without considering safety, health or welfare of employee

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say and be aware of pressure you put on associates can affect them negatively

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Company To Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow and advance if you are willing to put in the work and commit.

    Cons

    Some company initiatives seem to conflict with the greater good, they tend to focus to much on data and analytics instead of looking at things from other perspectives.

    Advice to Management

    Visibility and communication seem to be key areas where the company could improve as a whole.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Lean is the name of the game.

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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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. Great opportunity to enhance ones skill set. Looks great on a resume. If you are a numbers person, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture at best. So focused on lean that everyone is extraordinarily overworked. People really don't seem to care about each other. It's very much about covering yourself and it's usually at the expense of others. So much analysis and reporting and numbers that have to be reported back but no one has the time to look at the people or issues behind those numbers. Work life balance is a fairy tale. You can't work enough there. Bottom line, no one really cares about you... at all.

    Advice to Management

    There are PEOPLE behind your numbers. I understand business 101 - sales, money, revenue. But there are people that make that money for you and you are working them to death. Can you please hire an admin? Anywhere at any level... People need some level of support but they are all doing the job of 2-3 people at any given time. No one has time to care about the things that matter because if they slow down for one minute, they will get their backside handed to them.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Don't be in a company taken over by Danaher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Development Engineer
    Current Contractor - Development Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get paid a low but fair wage

    Cons

    This an acquisition type company that rips the soul out of all the businesses I've seen it acquire 4 to date. Laying off 50% of the people, enforcing the Danaher way, requiring openness of it's staff while openly lying to your face and then playing serious minds games.

    Advice to Management

    Stop demanding for openness and playing shifty games in the shadows. What goes around comes around.

  9. Helpful (2)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  10. Helpful (3)

    Great People, Lacking Management

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

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