Danaher Reviews

Updated 31 October, 2014
Updated 31 October, 2014
128 Reviews
2.5
128 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.  

    Decent 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

    Good company that typically buys smaller companies.... If your company is doing well they leave you alone.
    Fairpay, good benefits.

    Cons

    It doesn't value sales people like they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work as long as your boss is fair.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    working on hi technology products is great experience. Constant exposure to a challenging and ever changing requirements.

    Cons

    the place can be high strung work hours, poor work life balance, cliques, back biting. having a life is a disadvantage.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danaher reflects the acumen of its former CEO.

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

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

    Pros

    The emphasis on using systems to manage all aspects of the company gives you immense learning opportunities that can be applied in any organization. Most people leave Danaher after 18-24 months and become superstars in other organizations.

    Cons

    The Type A personalities have been replaced by bureaucrats who are more interested in filling out forms than growing the business or improving margins. Lawyers and tax accountants are required to approve business deals as aggressive business builders are kept on the sidelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure management and eliminate all non-productive positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Constant change

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

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

    Pros

    Most employees not in top management were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Attrition is horrible due to the constant changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is lacking for anyone not in top management. Limit change in policy and procedure it happens so often you do not know which end you are working from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Buyer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the procurement team. We the buyers looked out for one another and covered down when workloads become unbearable which they did most of the time.

    Cons

    Lack of personnel and training. We were told they would hire more employees but they never did. The company also took away our ability to work remote which was a reason I took the job. Leadership slow at responding to time sensitive decisions. Employees are not held accountable for their actions and do not pull their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training (any!). Stop closed doors decision making, allow all employees to have buy in on projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    QA Eng

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Telford, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Telford, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lean environment at all levels

    Cons

    No resources for basic needs

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can be a good place, but much of the DBS Tools are just a distraction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management At the OpCo Level
    Current Employee - Senior Management At the OpCo Level

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

    Pros

    - Honest and ethical company. No worries about impropriety, bribes, illegal activity at Danaher.
    - Tries to communicate downstream well
    - Salaries are fairly decent for mid/senior mgmt.

    Cons

    - Tries to push a "one size fits all" model onto all OpCos, when in reality, many OpCos might actually perform better if DHR just left them alone or allowed customization of the DBS toolset to fit each OpCo blended needs.
    - DBS is really just Common Sense, but the "one size fits all" formula is pounded into the OpCos so much it just becomes a tiresome distraction from running your OpCo how you and your team know best.
    - Well over half the people drink the Kool-Aid because they must to survive, but don't really believe in all the DBS hype.
    - Can be quite competitive; not always a bad thing.
    - For tech companies (like Fluke, TekComms, Arbor, VSS, Teletrac or even radically consider all OpCos) DHR really should consider granting equity as part of the overall comp and retention package to all fulltime exempt employees.
    - In general, DHR is a fairly unfun and dull place to work, but sometimes the work just isn't that sexy, either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customize DBS to each OpCo (or, at least, customize to segments), listen to OpCo leadership more, grant equity to more team members (not just exec team or senior performers) and keep your good ethics and honesty moving forward (that part is refreshing)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive

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

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

    Pros

    Large company, many people know the stock

    Cons

    in every meeting you have to give 15 minutes for whom you are speaking with to indulge you on what a great find THEY are. They hire less then competent people in Executive titles that waste more money and time the one has to give

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell off the companies that lose money ad concentrate on the those that generate revenue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Unmet promises

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Great focus on getting things done, the right way

    Cons

    You do not walk the talk. You are trixked into joining because it can provide an international and diverse career - but in all honesty it is all bs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the " good old Danaher" where efforts and results counted. Today, who you know (and brown noosing) seems the only way to keep your job. And then, DBS becomes all fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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