Danaher
2.5 of 5 117 reviews
www.danaher.com Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 6, 2014

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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    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

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    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

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    Progressive Growth

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    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

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

    Non-VP (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    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

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    Buyer (Current Employee)
    Elizabethtown, NC

    ProsFlexible work schedule, remote working.

    ConsUndermanned, lots of work to do with not enough people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A mixed bag

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a culture of continuous improvement which is nice. Great company match on 401(k) which works out to be 6% as long as you put in at least 5%.

    ConsUpper-management try to push "the best team wins," but it seems that only upper-management "win." Pay is sub par.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you're paying people realistically.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Network Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsAlways something different.
    All in all great place to work

    Conscan get burnt out
    Danaher asks alot out of thier employees

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

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    Treat me well, but too much focus on stock price

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Solon, OH

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

    ConsCheap. 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Get in, survive, get out

    Vice President (Current Employee)

    ProsPremiere for learning lean practices, especially at an established part of the company. Lots of smart people. If you are willing to work hard and navigate the politics, you can get a great name on your resume and learn how to be ruthless. It will may working anywhere else look easy. Get to learn change management.

    ConsGenerally the management style is one of overachieving, insecure, high ego folks who don't want to be bothered helping develop others. When things don't go perfectly, be prepared that someone will be blamed. If you're really good at your job, you get the chance to work in the underperforming or newly acquired businesses to turn them around - which means your bonus won't pay out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to your core values and drive process adherence and take the time to teach.

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

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    I cannot wait to leave this company - affects your health and family life

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee)
    Wood Dale, IL

    ProsMake your own opportunities to learn and grow, work with some very bright and dedicated people (I said some) and it looks good on your resume

    ConsNumerous - budget and making the numbers are all that matter - no concern for talent development, mentoring, team building. I work in HR and had a colleague who had to pay her own way to a conference because there was no money in the budget. Yet there was money for sales conferences in Arizona. This same colleague was told by a Hiring Manager to only hire young people. Her manager ignored her for half a year because he couldn't get out of his own way. What more can I say just hoping I can get myself out of here soon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe only way things will change is to place people in senior management who truly know what it means to say people are our greatest asset.. Right now they are not.

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

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