Danaher Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
138 Reviews

2.6
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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 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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced work with high expectations, no room for mistakes, and no recognition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Good experience early in your career. Great lean manufacturing practices. Ability to impact business from the beginning, great resume builder.

    Cons

    Every person is responsible for at least one and a half jobs. The expectations are unrealistic. No training. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions from within should be from the entire business not just from a pool of MBA's. More communication across Danaher businesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Intense

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Learning opportunities in an intnse bottom line fixated company

    Cons

    The culure is maximizing Op Inc everything else is secondary. Associates are a liability and a tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you have a heart!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Good financially stable company. If a business cannot grow, they have the cash to acquire adjacent Companies to reach the growth expectation. Good focus on process, which provides a great place for young talent to learn how to run a business.

    Cons

    Danaher is all about getting the number. They have little respect for ethics and people that work in the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over.... there is more to life than meeting the number!

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

    Good pay, good benefits, poor upper management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Many internal companies to transfer to, however, there is minimal management support to transfer to other locations or companies.Large company with many opportunities for learning, growing and training. The best thing about working there is the size of the company and the discounts we receive from companies like craftsman and Fluke.

    Cons

    A lot political non-sense internally and incompetent middle and upper management, Danaher corporate has alot good ideas and really tries to incorporate companies they purchase into the DBS, however, old manangement has a hard time correctly adapting the DBS concepts and quickly delegates blame to cover up their own mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not listen to the management of the companies they purchase, because they will only tell them what they want to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware of Danaher buyouts

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    Former Employee - Service  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Service in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Danaher is a large "corporation" but only a holding company for a lot of different companies.

    Cons

    The "corporation" is not directly involved with the many business units it owns. The main players in the company have been very successful with the business ventures they have purchased. They are basically investments brokers and mostly buy and dismantle companies. There is an abundance of cash and a lot of stock has been sold as many of the dominant owners are retiring. Beware if you see or hear that your company is or will be purchased by the Danaher Corporation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advise to give because of the way things are structured. It's the "Danaher Way" or no way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Focus your organization on your customers and not on internal Danaher approaches and processes.

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    Current Employee - Product Management  in  Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Product Management in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits. Allows for international travel.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. Lack of balance between work and personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more customer focused and less focused on monthly revenue. Place more emphasis on new product development and stop trying to suck more income out of old products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Only for the young and those who only like to execute.

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    Former Employee - Vice President EMEA  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President EMEA in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Danaher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great BtoG/B industries to work in because of their potential and scope. Danaher could be an amazing company to work for, but will need change of culture.
    For very young people great way to learn basic processees and get tech know how.

    Cons

    Culture is a based on fear, mindless processees and hyrarchical thinking and very elitist.
    It is an investment fund disguised as a operational company run by investment bankers & politicians with a very US centric and mormon mind set..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be leaders and stop behaving like greedy politicians. Activate your teams, think global and built a culture based on people as an asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Appears to be a successful company to outsiders but one of the most impersonal employers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Danaher full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diverse portfolio of companies and allows growth opportunities and ability to drive shareholder value

    Cons

    Associates are basically numbers and there is a huge churn in middle and upper management as there is not freedom for creativity with constant micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't place your complete faith in DBS. It started as a good process but today it has become a bureaucratic nightmare making little or no significant improvements. Upper management is tying up associates in meetings and discussions with little or no time for customer engagement. Revenue numbers and forecasts are required literally every day taking people away from running the business and taking care of customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Huge potential. Too much short term focus on sales, no true organic growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    If you want to learn business systems, this is the place to be. Danaher is very effective at what I call the firm processes such as manufacturing. procurement, quality, and even sales to some extent.

    The people are great (but moral is poor)

    Cons

    Danaher does poorly with, excuse the term, fuzzier processes such as innovation and organic product development. My belief is that there are flaws with some of the concepts behind the DBS system. One of the concepts appears to be that anyone or any team can be made to fit a role with the appropriate DBS tool and training. To some extent, that is true. Virtually anyone can be taught to swim, or to play a musical instrument. So, while anyone can be taught the tools, you get mediocre performance from mediocre skill. There is little or no attempt to highlight and assist the people that are excellent in their roles, at least at the innovation level. Managers of these people may get noticed, but they are not the innovators.

    Danaher is not, in my experience, a company where skills and contribution are valued more than being a manager. There is no balance re specialists, SME's, etc. If you are not a manager it is hard to get your voice heard. Your viewpoint may be heard if you are fortunate enough to have a boss who brings your voice forward and does not take credit for it. , A boss that does this though does it sometimes at their own peril.

    Danaher managers are not 'people' managers, even the better ones. They tend to try to project and micro manage. Who is managing the people? There is no real career path planning, no training for new roles, no mentoring (again unless you are lucky). A wise person once told me "good managers give their people the tools knowledge and resources to get the job done, and then let them do their job". No micromanagement in that.

    Danaher focuses much too closely on maximizing profit to shareholders. This myopic view has the effect of having everyone lose sight of the other aspects of growing the company, i.e. innovation, organic growth, etc.. Forget about suggesting 2 year or longer projects even if you have the very lucrative business cases to back them up. Managers like the idea of doing these projects, however they are being driven very hard by their managers to increase weekly and quarterly profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Examine truly successful innovation driven companies that grow primarily through internal organic growth. Buying companies is not organic growth.
    2) Determine who your key non-management people are, you have a lot of them that are underutlized, bored and frustrated
    3) take your learning's from 1) and 2) and implement action plans based on what you have learned.
    4)Yes, sales are important, but they are to any company. Focus more on the rest of the business and sales will go up as a result.

    The above would be a good start

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will succeed if you like putting other people down.

    • 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

    Pros

    If you like operations, you might like Danaher.

    Cons

    Inept managers that manage by fear, not a friendly place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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