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
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    • 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  

    Worst job I ever had!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I don't have any pros

    Cons

    The culture is non-existent. Everyone is in it for themselves and will throw you under the bus the first chance they get. They are mean, back-stabbing horrible people and wouldn't recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work here at your own risk.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Meetings/ConventionManager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Meetings/ConventionManager in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're young, and are able to make all of the sacrifices, you can move up very fast in this organization. A modicum of competence and a nod to the DBS quality system is all you need if you know how to play the game and are willing to burn your bridges as you go.

    Cons

    I worked for many years for a foreign owned company that was purchased by Dananher. They let us operate as per past practices for a while, and we continued to be highly successful, but eventually their management insisted on imposing their will. After 18 months of their serious meddling, it’s a wonder the company is still in business.

    Paranoid management, disrespect, constant tension, and long hours sum up most of Danaher’s real culture. Generally speaking, it is a pressure cooker and all communication is one directional – top down. Any attempt to streamline, impact change, or even discuss a better way to do anything is strictly frowned upon when it comes from the bottom. Work longer/harder, don't complain or try to fix any of the myriad broken systems or processes, and don't forget that there are 10 people lined up outside to take your spot (your manager certainly won't forget).

    The DBS quality system is a joke. Don’t get me wrong, theoretically it has many outstanding qualities. Unfortunately, the company is operated by ruthless, ladder climbing, management-by-spreadsheet types who have neither the time nor the inclination to learn let alone properly apply the myriad processes. “Whatever worked once will work again” is the prevailing attitude, and a one-size-fits-all solution is forced on everything.

    All of the talk about growth, best practices, and competition is just that… idle talk. Ultimately, the Danaher business model is not one of retain and reinvest. It is the same old downsize and distribute, cut your way to profitability, do anything to meet/beat analysts’ expectations on your stock price management style that pervades the entire venture capital culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What can I say? Danaher has destroyed almost as many companies as it claims to have "saved". The business plan has made senior managers very wealthy, so there's really no motivation to change anything simply to guarantee the long term future of its constituent companies, their customers and employees.

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

    No vision. No strategy. No hope.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Met some really good people while working there. I was able to develop strong leadership and motivational skills to counteract the negative environment and poor morale.

    Cons

    People are let go every year, which leads to a workplace where employees are constantly looking over their shoulder. Morale is very low. People have meetings for the sake of having meetings, which is a result of poor strategic planning and direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to develop a strategy for how you would like to the company to move forward. Knee jerk reactions to even the slightest bit of negative news will not take the company to higher levels of success. Pick a plan and see it through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Without a doubt worst place I ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staffing Manager in West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Staffing Manager in West Chester, PA

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked remotely so I didn't have to deal with a lot of the office politics face to face. Nor did I have to see my so called boss every day which was also a plus.

    Cons

    Where do I start - horrible management and I was so fortunate to have the worst boss ever. Upper management does not care about anything other than their own bonuses. I had to pay for my own development and was provided with no tools to help me do my job - finally went and paid for myself. Had HR colleagues stab me in the back because they were only looking out for their own survival.
    I would constantly bring up the subject of turnover in HR meetings only to be told to shut up - literally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit - do other employees a favor. Stop calling people idiots and morons to their face and then wonder why turnover is awful!!

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8. 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hostile work environment, culture of blame

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regional Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Learn a lot of new skills

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive of the staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Brutal - Chew-you-up Environment

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

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding 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.

    Cons

    Very 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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