Danaher Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
123 Reviews
2.6
123 Reviews
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
Larry Culp Jr.
85 Ratings

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ruthlessly Efficient

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    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, great employees, selfish management

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    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Lean culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Elizabethtown, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elizabethtown, NC

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

    Pros

    Able to get things changed quickly, easy to move to different roles. Sister companies offer a ton of opportunity if you are willing to move.

    Cons

    Very high turnover, maybe due to remote location. This location is a cash cow with little investment in plant and equipment. There seemed to be a preference for ex-military for management promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Quality  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Quality in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience but I would not stay more than 3-5 years. Benefits are good. Salary ranges have not changed since the company started. Once you make it to a certain level, you never get another raise. It is almost impossible to get promoted. They might give you a new position but it's usually at the same salary.

    Cons

    They set goals that are unrealistic and unattainable. Part of the problem was because management has no idea how much time it takes to perform a job. My position required me to stay until 6-6:30pm every night, come in on weekends and to work on holidays, just to keep my head above water.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about work life balance. Have defined career paths to get to the next level. Provide in house training to enhance employee knowledge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Potential varies on your manager, not your performance

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Leadership
    Former Employee - Customer Service Leadership

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

    Pros

    Benefits, additional opportunities, Lean, safe work environment

    Cons

    Work never stops
    Goals are set so high, you are meant not to hit them
    Unless you are a "high potential" there is no clear path for advancement - and it is largely based on your individual manager as to how well you can do here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career counseling and defined goals please.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor work/life balance - no sales culture

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, good benefits, some good people.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Profit is everything. Short sighted. Spreadsheet centric not sales centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your sales force is your true customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Current Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Good benefits. Operating companies are allowed some degree of autonomy

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Always made to feel that the work produced is never good enough. Salaries lag the market.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    They know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Lots of training in quality. Not so much practice. If they need you they pay well.

    Cons

    Every month the screws get tighter. Less vacation, fewer benefits, endless ways to chop nickles and dimes out of your total compensation.

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

    Process is More Important Than the People

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    Former Employee - Sales Leadership
    Former Employee - Sales Leadership

    I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Danaher Business Systems (DBS) has value in identifying and tracking key metrics. Excellent comp and benefits

    Cons

    The purpose of DBS is to set the team up to not achieve their targets while pushing them to achieve as much as possible. Regardless of results you never feel like you are winning due the constant beat down you receive on a monthly basis. This results in very low job satisfaction and high turnover. Need to understand that not everything fits into DBS process. DBS doesn't work the same on the commercial side of the business as it does in operations. There is too much focus placed on internal metrics which will always cause pain to the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up on DBS...use what is good but let the team feel like they are winning. Focus more on the customer and not just on the shareholders.

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

    Work you hard, reward you well, beat you down

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Meritocracy, plenty of opportunity, learn a lot about how to run a business well

    Cons

    Never good enough, not as much autonomy as preached, too many metrics, people are disillusioned, very polarized workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Celebrate sucesses

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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