Danaher Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
139 Reviews

2.6
139 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 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)

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  1.  

    Treat me well, but too much focus on stock price

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Solon, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH (US)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I'm at an op-co, Keithley Instruments. Locally, it's a great environment, friendly (if nerdly) people. Interesting work and products.

    Cons

    Cheap. Have to fight to get computer equipment appropriate to the job you are doing. Danaher is stock-driven, so game playing at the end of every quarter to make the numbers look good. Many departments are chronically short-staffed; only so much more you can do with less.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If You Live to Work, This is Your Place

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

    I have been working at Danaher full-time for 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
  3.  

    I divorced at 35, but became millionaire at 38...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales  in  Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Vice President of Sales in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Global exposure, career opportunities, core values, compensation package, freedom

    Cons

    Star Wars: you will find bright leaders whom are the gate keepers of the company values with whom you will learn and grow, but also you will find poor leaders very opportunistic working the month to make up their finance call and that will surf on the ever leaning race of the businesses to build their career and be a threat to your success, to Danaher success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more of the skip meetings with Group Exec/Senior Management. GM / BUM / VPs should have a 360° every year with a participants list they do not choose and being extended to all functional departments (2 each)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, culture of blame

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Altoona, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering in Altoona, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    401k and retirement contributions are fine.

    Cons

    Turnover is extreme, average 1 salaried employee every 12-weeks. Continuous culture of blame and a very hostile environment. There is no stepping up to admit problems because there are negative repercussions to anything off plan, or any miss on "stretch" goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make this a place people want to work. Focus on the people and not so much the numbers. Empower the employees. Stop the blame game. Stop the micro-management. This is not healthcare, peoples lives are not in the balance. This is manufacturing, and profits are there. Stop the "stretch" goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Learning the ropes.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    The people I work with.

    Cons

    not at this time, may rewrite later

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent but not outstanding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain
    Current Employee - Supply Chain

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and for the most part the culture is okay but it can be a bit demanding.

    Cons

    The plant equipment is aged and the office carpet, furniture, and flooring is pathetic. Our division is one of the largest cash flow generators for Danaher but you would never know it by the condition of our office and building. Also, when I was hired, outside ideas were welcome but now it is strictly all about DBS as the only way of running a business. I would probably not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake loose some of the cash and update the building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regional Sales Manager

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

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Learn a lot of new skills

    Cons

    Bad pay and far too much pressure, which results in a poor working environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive of the staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Brutal - Chew-you-up Environment

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

    I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Outstanding development experience with lots of autonomy. Above average talent - some of the smartest folks out there. Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works. Highly engaged senior team - they are in the business the majority of their time.

    Cons

    Very strong culture - you either fit or you don't. Highly critical culture in the sense that nothing is ever good enough. Very little positive or honest feedback. One day you come into work and you are fired with no warning. Very low marks on innovation because they emphasize following process over trying something new. It is not a happy place, people "endure" work to the point where it becomes a competition to see who the biggest "martyr" is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Steady but dull place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Miami, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Miami, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Stable, if you are in a profit center

    Cons

    No risk taking, no internal RandD, would rather acquire than promote interrnal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risks, spend some money, you can't take it with you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you work at Danaher, you're gonna have a bad time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Decent experience if just starting your career. Coworkers, riding in the same ship as you, are available to provide support by sharing and relating to any grief and sorrow accumulated from Danaher's negative and uncomfortable workplace environment.

    Cons

    Overwhelming workload. No work to life balance. Blame rich environment. Management is disrespectful, unprofessional, untrustworthy, and have minimal technical experience with regards to Danaher's products. Management is selfish and has no consideration for their employees. Retention rate is terrible, people quit (especially in e-town due to management reasons listed above). You barely have any resources to effectively do your job. You're pressed to take shortcuts and hurry up, which leads to mistakes. It's just a down right perpetual mess. This environment saturates you in anguish, and you're stretched beyond your limit, like butter spread over too much bread. Don't work at Danaher if you can help it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees don't leave companies, they leave management. Be more respectful and considerate.

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