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Updated Jun 27, 2014

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2.5 117 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

(79 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works (in 9 reviews)

  • Good compensation, good benefits, some good people (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Danaher can be a tough place to work in terms of work life balance and stress (in 13 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

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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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    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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    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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    Hostile work environment, culture of blame

    Engineering (Current Employee) Altoona, PA

    Pros401k and retirement contributions are fine.

    ConsTurnover 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Regional Sales Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearn a lot of new skills

    ConsBad pay and far too much pressure, which results in a poor working environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more supportive of the staff

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

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    Brutal - Chew-you-up Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOutstanding development experience with lots of autonomy. Above average talent - some of the smartest folks out there. Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works. Highly engaged senior team - they are in the business the majority of their time.

    ConsVery strong culture - you either fit or you don't. Highly critical culture in the sense that nothing is ever good enough. Very little positive or honest feedback. One day you come into work and you are fired with no warning. Very low marks on innovation because they emphasize following process over trying something new. It is not a happy place, people "endure" work to the point where it becomes a competition to see who the biggest "martyr" is.

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

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    If you work at Danaher, you're gonna have a bad time.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent experience if just starting your career. Coworkers, riding in the same ship as you, are available to provide support by sharing and relating to any grief and sorrow accumulated from Danaher's negative and uncomfortable workplace environment.

    ConsOverwhelming workload. No work to life balance. Blame rich environment. Management is disrespectful, unprofessional, untrustworthy, and have minimal technical experience with regards to Danaher's products. Management is selfish and has no consideration for their employees. Retention rate is terrible, people quit (especially in e-town due to management reasons listed above). You barely have any resources to effectively do your job. You're pressed to take shortcuts and hurry up, which leads to mistakes. It's just a down right perpetual mess. This environment saturates you in anguish, and you're stretched beyond your limit, like butter spread over too much bread. Don't work at Danaher if you can help it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees don't leave companies, they leave management. Be more respectful and considerate.

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    Doesn't care about employees or customers

    Clinical Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsA great group of coworkers.

    ConsLow wages, constant threat of being fired, every lower manager and employee are incredibly unhappy, and customers are being smoke screened. Disrespectful upper management openly lies about firing practices. Metrics, metrics, and more metrics. Zero care for the customer or employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind another job. If upper management, stop being horrible human beings. Hold customer needs, quality products, and employee morale above profits within reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality (Former Employee) Carlsbad, CA

    ProsGood place to gain experience but I would not stay more than 3-5 years. Benefits are good. Salary ranges have not changed since the company started. Once you make it to a certain level, you never get another raise. It is almost impossible to get promoted. They might give you a new position but it's usually at the same salary.

    ConsThey set goals that are unrealistic and unattainable. Part of the problem was because management has no idea how much time it takes to perform a job. My position required me to stay until 6-6:30pm every night, come in on weekends and to work on holidays, just to keep my head above water.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about work life balance. Have defined career paths to get to the next level. Provide in house training to enhance employee knowledge.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor work/life balance - no sales culture

    Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood compensation, good benefits, some good people.

    ConsNo work life balance. Profit is everything. Short sighted. Spreadsheet centric not sales centric.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour sales force is your true customer.

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

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