Danaher

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Danaher Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
138 Reviews
2.6
138 Reviews
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
Larry Culp Jr.
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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 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Process is More Important Than the People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Leadership
    Former Employee - Sales Leadership

    I worked at Danaher full-time (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome place to develop your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The caliber of people you work with and the DBS Danaher Business System training you receive is incredible, very decentralized and entrepreneurial. Danaher is very good at allowing cross business career opportunities for high achievers.

    Cons

    The company is demanding from a time standpoint some positions would be tough on a young professional beginning a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on what has made Danaher successful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work you hard, reward you well, beat you down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but can be a SHARK TANK!

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

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Metric driven organization with high levels of accountablitly. Heavy focus on Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement. Upper management provides tools necessary to achieve goals.

    Cons

    Metrics are everything at Danaher. They strive to make sure everyone knows the rules of the game and what both winning and losing looks like. However, if you are in a division that is suffering financially the game is impossible to win.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more involved with projects throughout the month and not just for montly reviews.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great bullet point on resume but not trustworthy

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

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Will gain great experience and knowledge, especially when involved heavily with DBS (Danaher Business Systems)
    - Can drive amazing short term results

    Cons

    - Shark Tank!
    - Nothing matters other than metrics, cost savings, and results for the sake of upper management and shareholders; leads to massive shortcutting and neglecting of core values and top two publicized metrics (Safety, Quality)
    - DBS can be utilized for better purposes; company talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk
    - Impossible to succeed at OpCos (subsidiaries) that have been leaned out (anorexic state) and suffering from lack of reinvestment while cost metrics become more rigid; Danaher succeeds while subsidiaries eventually fail

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Walk the walk and reinvest in the business. Lean should be used to make the business more efficient, thereby making room to bring in more business and opportunities, not cut heads. Danaher seems stuck in the 80's/90's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danaher delivers on its promises to associates & customers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager

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

    Pros

    Great focus on continuous improvement in a collegial, non-blaming environment. Great opportunities for career growth across the many companies Danaher owns. Wide variety of science, technology and environmental companies under the Danaher umbrella. Senior management is excellent. Lots of highly intelligent people in the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes the decentralized nature of the company means several operating companies are duplicating efforts. Like most publicly-traded companies there is an intense focus on meeting Wall Street's numbers each quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the focus on keeping the unique culture that makes Danaher great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    How much productivity can they squeeze out of you?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Marengo, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Marengo, IL

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, and decent 401k match and profit contribution after 1 year.

    Cons

    As other reviews have pointed out, Danaher is interested only in the bottom-line. Work/life balance is not a concern for them. No sick days, so have to use vacation, and it takes a very long time to get additional vacation days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discuss incentive comp plan bonuses around non-management employees that are not eligible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bottom line focused

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - District Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Danaher (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management is committed for better or worse to DBS. Sing from the same page. Very good stock appreciation

    Cons

    Strong focus on quarterly results without much care for long term prospects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benchmark long term performance against industry peers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Software

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people and bosses are great to work with

    Cons

    Some times you will have to work long houses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are great and no advice is needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Bottom Line is ALL that matters.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary: That is how they get you. Remember that the grass is NOT always greener!
    DBS: Danaher Business System. (Toyota Business System)
    Employees that were working at the Danaher Business Unit prior to be acquired by Danaher.

    Cons

    Engineering's time was spent on fixing the existing products. No R&D. No Marketing. No dedicated outside sales force. Manufacturing runs the show. Cut costs, cut costs, cut costs. The customer does not come first. Employees are assets to be used accordingly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice in contrast to Manufacturing or Accounting's ideals will be disregarded or considered to be provided by someone who's opinion is useless.

    Doesn't Recommend

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