Danaher Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
125 Reviews
2.6
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
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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 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. 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
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Professionals: Avoid this company at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Danaher is a global company and you gain some international exposure. There are very good and hard-working employees here that try their best to support each other, as well as customers despite the harsh working conditions.

    Cons

    This company consistently makes promises to clients they can't keep. It is a high pressure, thankless environment with many unsatisfied employees that are afraid of being the next to get the ax. It is a constant revolving door of people. One day they are there, the next day they are fired without regard to how long they've served the company. Expectations are completely unrealistic, and there is a culture of blame. The high volume of work and pressure promotes errors that reflect badly on you and are reported on a daily basis. There is little to no training for most of the positions, and the environment is toxic. The smart ones make a bee line to the exit door when they wise up to the situation. I advise all accomplished professionals or those looking to start their career to not waste their time with this hell hole. Heed this warning: this is not a good place to work compared to other companies in the area. Unless you are very desperate and are a glutton for punishment, don't waste your time or talent. For the engineers out there, the technology is not cutting edge and leaves much to be desired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and professionalism. Word gets around. The worker bees know the clients so make an effort to actually implement changes, not just talk about them. Take time to listen and learn on what the real issues are, and stop blaming individuals when the whole system is dysfunctional. It is nearly impossible to provide adequate customer service for this reason. Spend the money to improve training and boost morale so good employees actually want to work there. That revolving door will cost you sooner or later.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
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  5. 10 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
  6.  

    The worst place I ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Flexible on overtime for exempt employees
    Bennifits are good

    Cons

    very depressing place to work
    They sell products they know are deffective
    One day you walk on water, the next you are out the door. You stay afraid because you never know when it is coming.
    There is rampant descrimination and preferential treatment of employees.
    No one is ever promoted internally.
    They will have your repolacement in place the day after you leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope they find themselves out on the street with no prospects, get exactly the fear and hopelessness they have dealt out to so many.

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

    Danaher - You’ve stripped me of benefits (insurance/bonuses/pay raises/time off) but you will never get my dignity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Through Danaher’s management style, I’ve been able to observe and learn survival skills to stay afloat.

    Cons

    It has been approximately 2 years since being acquired by Danaher. The place where everyone was respected and wanted to work has transformed into a place of distrust and disgust. There is no longer any sense of loyalty and respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t make it so obvious that you are only out for a profit at any expense without any regards as to how it effects people. When the economy turns, you will lose good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Great Company for Select MBA's and A Tough Place to Work For Everyone Else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Research and Development  in  Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Product Research and Development in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Overall, job security is fairly good. Experts at manufacturing and optimization of manufacturing space. Danaher is very process driven company. Employees with MBA's from prestigious programs (e.g. Harvard MBA programs) are highly sought after and usually move up in the corporate ladder very rapidly. It is common to see MBA new hires move to a executive positions within 24 months.

    Cons

    If one is hired by Danaher and does not have a prestigious MBA, the employees rarely go anywhere. Promotions are exceptionally rare, regardless of accomplishment. Only executive staff receives promotions and / or bonuses. This company in Loveland was acquired by Danaher approximately 10 years ago and Danaher has consistently stripped company assets and benefits to meet the most recent numbers short term. The profit/revenue numbers are the bottom line for everything, and the treatment of employees is of trivial importance. Over the past 10 years since the Danaher acquisition, employees have lost vacation time, lost performance bonuses, have had their retirement plans stripped by 75%, pay more in medical premiums and co-pays, have been required to take numerous furloughs, eliminated corporate sponsored education programs and rarely if ever reward for good work. Please refer to a recent Business Week article that rates the Danaher retirement plans as the worst in the industry. When compensation increases are given, they are never to the level of the cost of living. It is truly a team effort to make the numbers, but there is no incentive to stay. Employee moral is very poor and it gets worse every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Danaher management promotes high ethics and states their employees are its greatest asset. But this is strictly lip service. Management needs to walk the talk and follow through on promises and raise the motiviation level of their employees. Management need to actively demonstrate good conduct and walk the talk. They need to change their culture and show appreciation and empathy for their employees, who are the reason why this company consistently rocks Wall Street.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Escape if you can

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

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    If you're a stockholder, historically this company has provided good returns.

    Cons

    If you are reading this because your company was recently acquired by Danaher, that's unfortunate. The next step is basically to strip you down as far as possible in order to achieve higher profits. Expect any "above-average" benefits your previous employer had to diminish over time. This includes pay raises (none with the current economy, minimal otherwise), bonuses (formulas to calculate will likely change to lower payout) , ESPP programs (non-existent) , restricted stock grants (only for *very* select individuals), etc. Basically any non-essential compensation should be removed.

    Danaher has an unparalleled ability to transform a good likable company into one that's despised by the majority of its employees. "Associates" are treated as expensive liabilities instead of valued assets. Unfortunately this model works very well for increasing operating profit, at the expense of the underlying individuals making it happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and appreciate your people? At least fake it?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Unmet promises

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great focus on getting things done, the right way

    Cons

    You do not walk the talk. You are trixked into joining because it can provide an international and diverse career - but in all honesty it is all bs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the " good old Danaher" where efforts and results counted. Today, who you know (and brown noosing) seems the only way to keep your job. And then, DBS becomes all fake.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Regional Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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