Danaher
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Updated Apr 2, 2014

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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Intense

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Beaverton, OR

I have been working at Danaher

ProsLearning opportunities in an intnse bottom line fixated company

ConsThe culure is maximizing Op Inc everything else is secondary. Associates are a liability and a tool.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stay away if you have a heart!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Greensboro, NC

I have been working at Danaher

ProsGood financially stable company. If a business cannot grow, they have the cash to acquire adjacent Companies to reach the growth expectation. Good focus on process, which provides a great place for young talent to learn how to run a business.

ConsDanaher is all about getting the number. They have little respect for ethics and people that work in the building.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart over.... there is more to life than meeting the number!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay, good benefits, poor upper management.

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

I have been working at Danaher

ProsMany internal companies to transfer to, however, there is minimal management support to transfer to other locations or companies.Large company with many opportunities for learning, growing and training. The best thing about working there is the size of the company and the discounts we receive from companies like craftsman and Fluke.

ConsA lot political non-sense internally and incompetent middle and upper management, Danaher corporate has alot good ideas and really tries to incorporate companies they purchase into the DBS, however, old manangement has a hard time correctly adapting the DBS concepts and quickly delegates blame to cover up their own mistakes.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not listen to the management of the companies they purchase, because they will only tell them what they want to hear.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Beware of Danaher buyouts

Service (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Danaher

ProsDanaher is a large "corporation" but only a holding company for a lot of different companies.

ConsThe "corporation" is not directly involved with the many business units it owns. The main players in the company have been very successful with the business ventures they have purchased. They are basically investments brokers and mostly buy and dismantle companies. There is an abundance of cash and a lot of stock has been sold as many of the dominant owners are retiring. Beware if you see or hear that your company is or will be purchased by the Danaher Corporation

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no advise to give because of the way things are structured. It's the "Danaher Way" or no way.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Focus your organization on your customers and not on internal Danaher approaches and processes.

Product Management (Current Employee)
Loveland, CO

I have been working at Danaher

ProsCompensation and benefits. Allows for international travel.

ConsPoor leadership. Lack of balance between work and personal life.

Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more customer focused and less focused on monthly revenue. Place more emphasis on new product development and stop trying to suck more income out of old products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

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You will succeed if you like putting other people down.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher

ProsIf you like operations, you might like Danaher.

ConsInept managers that manage by fear, not a friendly place to work.

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

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On the Quality-Delivery-Innovation-Cost C is the stronger !

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsCompany culture strongly dependent of the location

ConsGet an MBA if you want to look for senior position

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Better as a shareholder or a senior executive, than a regular employee

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

Pros- Pressure drives performance
- DBS concept interesting intellectually at the beginning

Cons- No training, no backoffice investment
- Dogmatic approach "processes will drive success"
- Redundant reporting without enough focus on core results
- Not enough meritocracy: some senior posts will just be assigned rotationally or based on relationships. If you are not well connected you may work 80 hours weeks til you retire and not get anything.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a great place to work. Otherwise when the labor market improves you'll start losing key people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Focus on improvement, means no communication until you do something wrong

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher

ProsFew redundant roles, ability to identify a problem and work on the solution, opportunity to move between companies if you are good at your job

ConsOnly one person to handle multiple jobs, so you are always waiting in line to get someone to do the work you need them to do. You will not really know when you have done something well based on management feedback, but will surely know when you have done something wrong.

Advice to Senior ManagementHaving great ideas with no people to implement them because associates are doing multiple jobs is frustrating and stagnates the business growth opportunities.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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