Danaher

  www.danaher.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Danaher Reviews

Updated Jul 07, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.5 117 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

(79 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works (in 9 reviews)

  • Good compensation, good benefits, some good people (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)

More Highlights
117 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsIf 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)

    ConsDanaher 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 Senior Management1) 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Have worked at Danaher for 2 years

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDanaher 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.

    ConsDanaher 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 Senior ManagementStay 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    If you can "corrective action" your way thru anything; this is the place for you.

    Production Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThis is a company that is known nationwide for being aggressive, a plus on your resume.

    ConsNo work life balance at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople don't live to work; they work to make a living.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Working as contract employee for 2+ years

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Challenging - Training under fire

    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsThey 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)

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigh paying chiefs are paid well, but sometimes it feels like there are not enough Indians.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive Growth

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    ProsGrowth potential has been steady.
    DBS is key and processes are in place for efficiency.
    Office culture is friendly.

    ConsCompensation does not seem to be aligned with market and experience. Yearly performance appraisal is around 3%. There is no concept of profit sharing/Bonus based on the success of the company.
    Policy for Vacation is use it or lose every year.
    Employee stock purchase is not an option.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Nice colleagues and balanced life.

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

    ProsWorkload is very reasonable and the environement is appealing.

    ConsThe corporate culture is not quite attractive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication among employees.

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Good for VP and above, rest all stay away!!

    Non-VP (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsIf you are in industrials / manufacturing oriented domain, training in DBS and other processes is valuable. The brand is strong in such domains. If you are coming from other domains or would like to go to another domain, there are better places to go.

    ConsThey may pay you a high salary to entice you to join, but you may not get raises or promotions. Unlike technology and other progressive companies, only executive-level people get equity in the company. There are no stock options or ESPPs. Their mantra to growth is cutting out waste. So they are always on lookout to cut people. However, in essence they are managing street's expectations. Unannounced layoffs to meet near term operating profit / other metrics are quite common across holding companies. Not much job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the wealth with non-executive associates too. Treat them fairly and with respect when you layoff people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Pros and Cons

    Regional Sales Manager (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsGood to learn how to begin with the scratch.

    Conslack of visibility in the market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Danaher - a driven culture through the use of Lean Manufacturing philosophy ie DBS

    DBS Director (Former Employee)

    ProsVery Strong Management - winning culture, not a place for those with a weak work ethic

    ConsWil be interesting with Larry Culp stepping down

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Worked for Danaher? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.