Danaher Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Lean is the name of the game.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large company. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. Great opportunity to enhance ones skill set. Looks great on a resume. If you are a numbers person, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture at best. So focused on lean that everyone is extraordinarily overworked. People really don't seem to care about each other. It's very much about covering yourself and it's usually at the expense of others. So much analysis and reporting and numbers that have to be reported back but no one has the time to look at the people or issues behind those numbers. Work life balance is a fairy tale. You can't work enough there. Bottom line, no one really cares about you... at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are PEOPLE behind your numbers. I understand business 101 - sales, money, revenue. But there are people that make that money for you and you are working them to death. Can you please hire an admin? Anywhere at any level... People need some level of support but they are all doing the job of 2-3 people at any given time. No one has time to care about the things that matter because if they slow down for one minute, they will get their backside handed to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great People, Lacking Management

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    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC
    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC

    I worked at Danaher as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work around, operators on the floor were my favorite part. If you need help, employees will stop everything their doing to help in any way they can. Certainly a great place to learn.

    Cons

    It's a great place to get your feet wet, but not to stick around. Consistently a revolving door of engineers, and management certainly has lots to learn about letting engineers d their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst Place for Engineers to Work

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA

    I worked at Danaher full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    On paper this looks like a good job for a Mechanical or Materials engineer because they'll be dealing with mechanisms and new materials.

    Cons

    However there was motivation for innovation and upper management was focused on ringing every drop from that dam Damon line. People were nice enough, but just pretty dressed because they all see the end coming and don't have enough energy to get off the boat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. This is a horrible place to work and mainly because of Danaher and upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Senior Buyer

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC

    I worked at Danaher full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the procurement team. We the buyers looked out for one another and covered down when workloads become unbearable which they did most of the time.

    Cons

    Lack of personnel and training. We were told they would hire more employees but they never did. The company also took away our ability to work remote which was a reason I took the job. Leadership slow at responding to time sensitive decisions. Employees are not held accountable for their actions and do not pull their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training (any!). Stop closed doors decision making, allow all employees to have buy in on projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Constant change

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most employees not in top management were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Attrition is horrible due to the constant changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is lacking for anyone not in top management. Limit change in policy and procedure it happens so often you do not know which end you are working from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Ruthlessly Efficient

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Hatfield, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hatfield, PA

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Aggressively managed by financial hawks. No wonder it's a well-performing stock. Hard to imagine any competitors being more ruthless.

    Cons

    Uh, like I said, aggressively managed by financial hawks. Very hard on employees, suppliers and customers. Layoffs come without warning. Solely focused on short-term goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I doubt it would be wildly expensive to earn some small level of loyalty with your employees and your suppliers. Word travels; the present situation negatively affects Danaher's ability to recruit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Good company, great employees, selfish management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Process and metrics driven, drive to get results, unrelenting pursuit of continuous improvement

    Cons

    Keep demanding more from employees and rewards are limited to a few. Career development is also only for a limited set of employees - others are merely worker bees. Several executives are considered to be selfish, motivated only by their own compensation and payback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Current Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Good benefits. Operating companies are allowed some degree of autonomy

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Always made to feel that the work produced is never good enough. Salaries lag the market.

  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Bottom line focused

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - District Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Danaher (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management is committed for better or worse to DBS. Sing from the same page. Very good stock appreciation

    Cons

    Strong focus on quarterly results without much care for long term prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benchmark long term performance against industry peers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    How much productivity can they squeeze out of you?

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    Former Employee - Operations in Marengo, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Marengo, IL

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, and decent 401k match and profit contribution after 1 year.

    Cons

    As other reviews have pointed out, Danaher is interested only in the bottom-line. Work/life balance is not a concern for them. No sick days, so have to use vacation, and it takes a very long time to get additional vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discuss incentive comp plan bonuses around non-management employees that are not eligible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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