Danaher

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Danaher Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
138 Reviews
2.6
138 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 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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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Get in, survive, get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Premiere 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.

    Cons

    Generally 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 ManagementAdvice

    Return to your core values and drive process adherence and take the time to teach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, culture of blame

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Altoona, PA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Altoona, PA

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor work/life balance - no sales culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, good benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Profit is everything. Short sighted. Spreadsheet centric not sales centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your sales force is your true customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    They know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

    • 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

    Pros

    Lots of training in quality. Not so much practice. If they need you they pay well.

    Cons

    Every month the screws get tighter. Less vacation, fewer benefits, endless ways to chop nickles and dimes out of your total compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great bullet point on resume but not trustworthy

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

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

    Pros

    - Will gain great experience and knowledge, especially when involved heavily with DBS (Danaher Business Systems)
    - Can drive amazing short term results

    Cons

    - Shark Tank!
    - Nothing matters other than metrics, cost savings, and results for the sake of upper management and shareholders; leads to massive shortcutting and neglecting of core values and top two publicized metrics (Safety, Quality)
    - DBS can be utilized for better purposes; company talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk
    - Impossible to succeed at OpCos (subsidiaries) that have been leaned out (anorexic state) and suffering from lack of reinvestment while cost metrics become more rigid; Danaher succeeds while subsidiaries eventually fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Walk the walk and reinvest in the business. Lean should be used to make the business more efficient, thereby making room to bring in more business and opportunities, not cut heads. Danaher seems stuck in the 80's/90's.

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

    How to ruin a great company, ChemTreat, in three easy lessons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - District Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Name recognition and decent health benefits

    Cons

    The support staff has been treated like slaves. Despite meeting targets, ChemTreat refused to give the average employee a raise. Desention amongst the lower managers and their staff runs high. People are in positions of higher management without the necessary education that most companies typically require. The company was once a proud employee owned place of business that attracted the top talent in the field of water treatment. Why anyone would choose ChemTreat for their career is beyond me (except for the need for a paycheck).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics. Remember what made ChemTreat great. Give the salesman the power to make business decisions for their territories. You are paying people of real profitability. Stop making up your own profit numbers and looking for ways to cut bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Danaher just bought what "use to be" a great company, Beckman Coulter.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - My Job, IT Seems, IS to Consistently Lie to Customers in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - My Job, IT Seems, IS to Consistently Lie to Customers in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    None to date. Complete downgrade compared to most companies. I guess you could say "its better than nothing, then again, maybe not.

    Cons

    Weeks after the acquisition of Beckman Coulter, they announced an 8% reduction of all employees. Even departments that are already low on personnel are losing bodies. Our benefits were cut nearly in half and the Danaher prefered medical plan is outright an insult. United Health Care, for those of you familiar with United, I dont have to explain any more.

    Its obvious that Danahers intent is to squeeze Beckman Coulter for every drop its worth and do it in a very unappreciated manner. It s just a matter of time before they weed out the best employees and are left with people of the lowest morale. Within a few years the superb quality of Beckman Coulter products will be an old memory, and so will the family atmospere that filled most of our offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It might be a good time to really start listening to employees that have true customer knowledge and stop depending on software to tell you how to run and maintain a business. There was a time when I would have taken a paycut just to keep my job because I absolutely loved going to work everyday. It was such a respectable place to work. Its not too late to get things on the right track, treat your employees with respect, and appreciate them beyond just depositing a paycheck. Make it a company that is, just not profitable, but also a great place to work and proud to be part of. It doesnt have to be such an "us versus them" workplace environment. Employees throughout the entire United States are being turned against each other from the level of competition being pushed down upon the employees. The words "unity" and "team" are used frequently by upper management, but actions speak more than words. Happy and appreciated employees build better businesses!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 11 people found this helpful  

    This is the worst company I have ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    I have met some good people here who I know I will have lasting friendships with. I have had the opportunity to acquire experience in a number of different aspects of my field and, in doing so, have gained very valuable insight to the kind of company and department in which I want to grow old and eventually retire from.....

    Cons

    ....and Danaher ain't it. I have not even reached the two year mark of employment with this place and am already looking for a new job. My department is so stretched to the bare bones minimum and we are so overwhelmed with the volume of our workload, that we are having trouble focusing on what our priorities are and it is often the case where tasks and deadlines fall off our plates because our plates are way too full. In spite of this, there are no plans to add headcount. The leadership within our department is nonexistant. Yes, there is a manager, directors and a VP....yet no leadership and no one with a business plan to address the needs of the department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good employees are difficult to come by. You comment and wonder why retention is so low. Stop viewing us as expendable livestock! Yes your bottom line is important, but more important are the little people who help you acheive it. You can only take Lean Manufacturing so far before you're employees start looking elsewhere for a company who values them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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