Danaher Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
125 Reviews
2.6
125 Reviews
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
Larry Culp Jr.
86 Ratings

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 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.  

    Better as a shareholder or a senior executive, than a regular employee

    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    - Pressure drives performance
    - DBS concept interesting intellectually at the beginning

    Cons

    - No training, no backoffice investment
    - Dogmatic approach "processes will drive success"
    - Redundant reporting without enough focus on core results
    - Not enough meritocracy: some senior posts will just be assigned rotationally or based on relationships. If you are not well connected you may work 80 hours weeks til you retire and not get anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a great place to work. Otherwise when the labor market improves you'll start losing key people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Focus on improvement, means no communication until you do something wrong

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

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Few redundant roles, ability to identify a problem and work on the solution, opportunity to move between companies if you are good at your job

    Cons

    Only one person to handle multiple jobs, so you are always waiting in line to get someone to do the work you need them to do. You will not really know when you have done something well based on management feedback, but will surely know when you have done something wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having great ideas with no people to implement them because associates are doing multiple jobs is frustrating and stagnates the business growth opportunities.

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

    A fast moving company, high pressure management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Pudong, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Pudong, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    A high performance company, quick moving, lots of smart people working there.....

    Cons

    Sometimes not much respect to people, high pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering more at employee benefit and education besides just giving incentive

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only apply in desperation

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

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Exposure to complex financial transactions and work across various disciplines, although this is more of a requirement than an opportunity.

    Cons

    Senior management is completely oblivious to the day to day functioning of the departments. There is very little exchange of ideas up the management chain. There is absolutely no work-life balance. Management has either no time or desire to help advance the careers of the staff. It's like prison without the meals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tighten the Screws

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

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    The best reason I can think of after months of reflection is that it looks favorable on a resume.

    Cons

    The management team drives by fear for ones job. There is little teamwork as everyone is fearful of the gentle nudge in front of the bus. Regardless of how the company has performed, there will be layoffs each year. I knew I was in trouble when on my second day of work, the admin assistant "joked" with me about her surprise to see me show up. The stress level is high and only ratchets up and the expectation of your time ( ie. your commitment to the company) is brutal if you have a family - even away from the office you were expected to respond to your blackberry. If you didn't come from a few select MBA programs, you likely were not considered upwardly mobile or a hi-pot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There really is none because the culture is too engrained for there to be any expectation that advice would be listened to. I am sure there are sympathetic managers but they are too busy positioning themselves to worry about those who they rely on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    The time spent at Danaher was stressful and dissatisfying and a waste of my professional experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Despite the internal problems and poor management, there are some good, hard-working people who work for Danaher. I have maintained relationships with many of my former co-workers.

    Cons

    Micro-managing
    Useless reporting (Danaher is very matrix-driven without focusing on the results at all.)
    No work/life balance
    Poor management
    Questionable practices
    Unfair discipline among employees
    No emphasis on diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot build a successful business when there is a crack in the foundation. Danaher is inherently flawed and it starts with the executive team and trickles down. There is such a huge focus on profit while sacrificing and ignoring the needs of the people. Human capital is the greatest resources any company could have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior management gets rich on the backs of expendable employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Wall Street darling status good for management portfolios

    Cons

    Management only cares about fattening stock price so they can cash out ridiculous option grants - but will let employees go at any time to make numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are all multimillionaires yet you slash jobs every time you acquire a company, Send Larry in there and let him explain why he needs to get rich and fly around in a private jet while handing walking papers to each employee. Gutless management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Danaher is a high pressure environment where many work in fear.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Danaher is a good place to be from. I value the relationships I have been able to develop over the years with my peers. I still stay in contact with them and, in fact, work with those who have left the company before me.

    Cons

    Employees are constantly required to report. A company clearly obsessed with gathering data relative to performance will only inhibit performance itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the way and let people do their jobs. Reduce the amount of reporting required monthly. The objective information reported monthly can be obtained via the many tools which exist within the organization for gathering data. Repetative regurgitation of data adds no value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fairly well run company with some major flaws.

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

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Flat managerial structure means minimal bureaucracy compared to equally sized corporations. The average worker may only be 5 managers removed from the CEO whereas a similar organization would be upwards of 20.
    Strong management retention.
    DBS approach works.
    Strong communication of business status to employees.

    Cons

    Use of pay cuts over furlough days.
    Non-existent raises for non-technical and technical positions regardless of performance.
    Management's carrot-and-stick approach to motivating employees, promising reward but never delivering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Above all, drop the carrot-and-stick approach mentioned above. Never have I seen an employee base that is almost completely pessimistic about everything management says.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company....for shareholders

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Fair ability to move to other companies within the company.
    Corporate management is fully dedicated to providing benefits to stockholders.

    Cons

    Abysmal raises barely keep up with inflation rate.
    Raises are not based on performance in any way.
    Everyone is expendable in pursuit of the Bottom Line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop keeping employees in the dark, especially on important issues.
    Happy employees are more dedicated, hardworking, and productive, don't forget your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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