Danaher

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Danaher Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
138 Reviews
2.6
138 Reviews
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
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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    Electronics Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Wood Dale, IL

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

    Pros

    Stable company, Excellent benefits, lateral movement to subsidiaries.

    Cons

    Pay scale on the low side. cannot move up "The Ladder" without paper ( Degree).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work with the very best minds across multiple industries.

    • 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

    Pros

    Competitive environment with strong leadership and opportunities to grow. Better than average benefits, and a total compensation package that is aided by extremely strong stock performance.

    Cons

    Many things are decentralized and sometimes lean is taken too far, but hard to argue with results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to keep a laser focus on results and growing the business through strategic acquisitions, but also not lose sight of the most important resource in Danaher, it's people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work if you want no life outside of work....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Orthodontic Lab Technician in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Orthodontic Lab Technician in Racine, WI

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

    Pros

    There are really not many benefits to working for a company like Danaher. They offer a few paid vacation day, and the benefits are decent.

    Cons

    This is a company driven soley by numbers. They do not care about their employees or keeping their workers happy. Your daily work life will be full of charts and graphs with no hope of obtaining their outrageous sales goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees! Many of the employees who have been there a substantial amount of time have great ideas and solutions to fixing the issue of morale within the company. A happy employee is a GOOD employee!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive

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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Have worked at Danaher for 2 years

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Danaher 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.

    Cons

    Danaher 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Working as contract employee for 2+ years

    • 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 as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Unwilling 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Progressive Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-VP in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Non-VP in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth with non-executive associates too. Treat them fairly and with respect when you layoff people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

    • 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

    There 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%.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're paying people realistically.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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