Danaher Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent but not outstanding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain
    Current Employee - Supply Chain

    I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and for the most part the culture is okay but it can be a bit demanding.

    Cons

    The plant equipment is aged and the office carpet, furniture, and flooring is pathetic. Our division is one of the largest cash flow generators for Danaher but you would never know it by the condition of our office and building. Also, when I was hired, outside ideas were welcome but now it is strictly all about DBS as the only way of running a business. I would probably not recommend this as a place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake loose some of the cash and update the building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 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 for 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
  3.  

    Steady but dull place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Stable, if you are in a profit center

    Cons

    No risk taking, no internal RandD, would rather acquire than promote interrnal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some risks, spend some money, you can't take it with you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you work at Danaher, you're gonna have a bad time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Decent experience if just starting your career. Coworkers, riding in the same ship as you, are available to provide support by sharing and relating to any grief and sorrow accumulated from Danaher's negative and uncomfortable workplace environment.

    Cons

    Overwhelming workload. No work to life balance. Blame rich environment. Management is disrespectful, unprofessional, untrustworthy, and have minimal technical experience with regards to Danaher's products. Management is selfish and has no consideration for their employees. Retention rate is terrible, people quit (especially in e-town due to management reasons listed above). You barely have any resources to effectively do your job. You're pressed to take shortcuts and hurry up, which leads to mistakes. It's just a down right perpetual mess. This environment saturates you in anguish, and you're stretched beyond your limit, like butter spread over too much bread. Don't work at Danaher if you can help it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees don't leave companies, they leave management. Be more respectful and considerate.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Danaher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good; on par with the offerings prior to Danaher acquisition.
    Fast paced environment.
    Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Priorities tend to shift too quickly. Policy deployment initiatives are too short lived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If PD initiatives are important and not the hot spot of the day then follow through with them until they are complete; don't drop them the next quarter.

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

    Only grows by acquisition and reducing costs.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Better to invest in DHR
    They apply DBS (similar to the Toyota Way) to all newly acquired OpCo's which drives their success

    Cons

    Be prepared to assume two or three roles if you remain for any period of time after the acquistion,
    The company really doesn't invest in R&D. The growth comes from aquisition and some new products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't believe the best team wins as per the company philosophy states.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain
    Current Employee - Supply Chain

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

    Pros

    Unbelievable opportunities, good career advancement and mentoring, management is supportive of all changes, great lean culture, DBS is a powerful tool, puts people in positions just before they are ready to encourage growth/development

    Cons

    The workload can be overwhelming if you do not have good time management skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Doesn't care about employees or customers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Engineer
    Former Employee - Clinical Engineer

    I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A great group of coworkers.

    Cons

    Low wages, constant threat of being fired, every lower manager and employee are incredibly unhappy, and customers are being smoke screened. Disrespectful upper management openly lies about firing practices. Metrics, metrics, and more metrics. Zero care for the customer or employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another job. If upper management, stop being horrible human beings. Hold customer needs, quality products, and employee morale above profits within reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ruthlessly Efficient

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Hatfield, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hatfield, PA

    I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Aggressively managed by financial hawks. No wonder it's a well-performing stock. Hard to imagine any competitors being more ruthless.

    Cons

    Uh, like I said, aggressively managed by financial hawks. Very hard on employees, suppliers and customers. Layoffs come without warning. Solely focused on short-term goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I doubt it would be wildly expensive to earn some small level of loyalty with your employees and your suppliers. Word travels; the present situation negatively affects Danaher's ability to recruit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, great employees, selfish management

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Process and metrics driven, drive to get results, unrelenting pursuit of continuous improvement

    Cons

    Keep demanding more from employees and rewards are limited to a few. Career development is also only for a limited set of employees - others are merely worker bees. Several executives are considered to be selfish, motivated only by their own compensation and payback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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