Danaher Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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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 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. Good Company To Work For

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to grow and advance if you are willing to put in the work and commit.

    Cons

    Some company initiatives seem to conflict with the greater good, they tend to focus to much on data and analytics instead of looking at things from other perspectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visibility and communication seem to be key areas where the company could improve as a whole.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Lean is the name of the game.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. Great opportunity to enhance ones skill set. Looks great on a resume. If you are a numbers person, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture at best. So focused on lean that everyone is extraordinarily overworked. People really don't seem to care about each other. It's very much about covering yourself and it's usually at the expense of others. So much analysis and reporting and numbers that have to be reported back but no one has the time to look at the people or issues behind those numbers. Work life balance is a fairy tale. You can't work enough there. Bottom line, no one really cares about you... at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are PEOPLE behind your numbers. I understand business 101 - sales, money, revenue. But there are people that make that money for you and you are working them to death. Can you please hire an admin? Anywhere at any level... People need some level of support but they are all doing the job of 2-3 people at any given time. No one has time to care about the things that matter because if they slow down for one minute, they will get their backside handed to them.

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

    This company is one that expects a lot from its' employees but is willing to reward them for their time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    they are willing to pay well
    great benefit package
    interesting to work for due to the vast majority of industries they operate in

    Cons

    A lot is expected of employees in terms of hours worked
    lack of HR representatives at each location
    The vast size of this company provides for slow decision making processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great People, Lacking Management

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    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC
    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC

    I worked at Danaher as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work around, operators on the floor were my favorite part. If you need help, employees will stop everything their doing to help in any way they can. Certainly a great place to learn.

    Cons

    It's a great place to get your feet wet, but not to stick around. Consistently a revolving door of engineers, and management certainly has lots to learn about letting engineers d their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Very business focused where employees were expected to perform at not 100% capacity but at 110%.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to strive for excellence at all times which also motivates personal growth. There are many opportunities to learn and expand your knowledge as well as training. Many great people work there, the most enjoyable part of the job was to be around such wonderful people.

    Cons

    Due to the constant pressure the company puts on their employees it is a very stressful to be an employee there. Employees are required to conduct many self assessments each year but are rarely rewarded for their efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Worst Place for Engineers to Work

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA

    I worked at Danaher full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    On paper this looks like a good job for a Mechanical or Materials engineer because they'll be dealing with mechanisms and new materials.

    Cons

    However there was motivation for innovation and upper management was focused on ringing every drop from that dam Damon line. People were nice enough, but just pretty dressed because they all see the end coming and don't have enough energy to get off the boat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. This is a horrible place to work and mainly because of Danaher and upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Danaher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Growth, flexibility, rotation., Good for MBAs..

    Cons

    Unstructured career path, experience depends on ops company

  9. Work hard, get opportunities to grow and have more responsibility

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

    I have been working at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Challenging daily work environment, talented management, high expectations. If you are willing to work hard, ask questions, and show you are committed, it is a great place to begin your career or grow your career. Also many locations around the country and world

    Cons

    Business moves very quickly which can be frustrating for some. Acquisitions of other companies are frequent and can cause confusion about how company will be integrated into the existing Danaher operating company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate more on where we are going with products and direction in the marketplace, how we are going to continue winning

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Office culture was good, fairly laid back. DBS and 5S were good tools to have and were definitely enforced. Would work for Danaher again!

    Cons

    Benefits weren't great, but better than most. Raises and reviews didn't always happen in a timely fashion. Promotions weren't always encouraged from within.

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great stock to own, less of a great place to work unless you work in accounting

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    Former Employee - Middle Management Sales
    Former Employee - Middle Management Sales

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

    Pros

    Strong financial health, deep pockets for acquisitions. When they enter a segment they want to dominate it. Good sense of who to buy and when. Good comp plans. Lot's of opportunity to advance and grow.

    Cons

    It is run by bean counters. In all the lines of business you will find a person with an accounting background running the show. Hard to do things like innovate, serve the customer well, make good equipment and grow the top line when the people in charge are looking through the lens of a spreadsheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop putting CPA's in charge of large sales organizations.
     2) If you are buying companies that have working equipment and the new models developed under DHR don't measure up, you are doing it wrong
    3) Danaher is becoming a brand in and of itself, and in some lines of business letting the companies keep their individual brands creates confusion for the customers and weakens the impact of being owned by DHR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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