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Danaher Overview

Washington, DC
10000+ employees
Company - Public (DHR)
Health Care Products Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life ... Read more

Mission: Our Shared Purpose is Helping Realize Life's Potential. Our Shared Purpose confirms our commitment to helping our customers achieve amazing things and the high standards by which we measure our own success. We innovate forward-looking technologies to solve our ... Read more

Danaher – Why Work For Us?

How a swift-flowing river inspired a new kind of company and shaped our course.


Danaher takes it name from a tributary of the South Fork Flat Head River in western Montana. In the early 1980s, this was the setting for the fishing trip where Steven and Mitchell Rales envisioned a new kind of manufacturing company—one dedicated to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. The root “Dana” is an ancient Celtic word meaning “swift flowing,” an apt descriptor for the nimble mindset and rapid flow of innovation that have defined Danaher for decades.

The company had its origins as a real estate investment trust (DMG, Inc., founded in 1969 and renamed Diversified Mortgage Investors, Inc. in 1978). But after adopting a new name in 1984, refocusing on manufacturing and being exposed to kaizen, the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement, Danaher began to take shape.

Danaher was one of the first companies in North America to adopt kaizen. The practice led to the development of the Danaher Business System and continues to guide the culture, at the heart of the company’s five core values.


In its early days, Danaher consisted of a group of discrete, manufacturing businesses. In the mid-1990s, this fragmented structure was transformed into one built around strategic platforms, each with sustainable competitive advantages in sizeable global markets. Over the next decade the company established leadership in the markets that define it today, beginning with water in 1998 and followed by product identification (2001), dental (2004), diagnostics (2006) and life sciences (2009).

In 2015, Danaher announced that many of its industrial businesses would be spun out to form an independent, publicly traded company, Fortive. The separation supports clear focus on driving meaningful innovation in science and technology, and on continuing to build an unmatched portfolio strategically positioned for growth and impact.


Today, Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. Our trusted brands hold unparalleled leadership positions in diagnosticslife sciencesdental and environmental and applied solutions. With more than 30 operating companies, our globally diverse team of 59,000 associates is united by a shared purpose: to help realize life’s potential.

"I see our future as a bright one. We have a terrific team of hard-working, dedicated associates around the world. We have exciting new products coming out every day providing customers with new and innovative solutions to their daily work."  Tom Joyce, President and Chief Executive Officer

We have never strayed from the clarity of our intention or the inspiration of that swift-flowing river. We adapt quickly to the changing flow of business and the evolution of technology, but our guiding principles—continuous improvement and customer satisfaction—remain rock solid.

Our Shared Purpose and Core Values guide every aspect of our business—from the people we hire, to our products and services, to our business partners and customers.


It started as an idea for a better way, but like all powerful ideas, it evolved into a passion. It’s why at Danaher we view every challenge as an opportunity. And it’s the reason we’re on a constant quest to make things better—for our customers, our company and the world.

Our Shared Purpose is Helping Realize Life’s Potential.

We are a diverse team of people and operating companies, each with unique missions and challenges. Yet, we are united by Our Shared Purpose, which directs how we live out every day to achieve our most ambitious goals.

Our Shared Purpose confirms our commitment to helping our customers achieve amazing things and the high standards by which we measure our own success. We innovate forward-looking technologies to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We are their agents of possibility.

The impact of Our Shared Purpose goes beyond Danaher. It’s an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to something larger than ourselves.

“Helping Realize Life’s Potential is what we’re doing, every day, on a global scale. Think about our businesses and the impact we have: providing clean water, advancing scientific research and personal health, ensuring product safety. Every day, we’re helping improve quality of life around the world.” Tom Joyce, President and Chief Executive Officer

Our Shared Purpose has its foundation in our five core values and is operationalized through the Danaher Business System.It’s what has made us who we are today, and it’s what will guide us into the future.



Exceptional people thrive in Danaher's fast-paced, results-oriented culture. And our values start with our people.

  • We value our associates and their unique contributions, and we invest in their growth.
  • We're passionate about recruiting, developing and retaining the most talented and diverse team possible.
  • We put the most skilled, collaborative, engaged team on the field of play every day.


One of our teams’ most important responsibilities is to listen to our customers.

  • We continually seek deep insights into the needs of our customers, both explicit and implicit.
  • Our strong customer focus helps us create innovative solutions that directly address those needs.
  • Through our processes and our products, we seek to deliver greater value and every day and to improve our customers’ experience beyond their expectations.


Through Kaizen, or continuous improvement, we address customer needs with actions that benefit the greater good.

  • Customers challenge us, and we challenge ourselves, to continuously improve. We set the bar high for ourselves and each other.
  • With our strong culture rooted in the Danaher Business System, we constantly strive to make things better in a meaningful way—for our company, our customers and the world.
  • Our drive for continuous improvement keeps us ahead of our competitors, creating enduring value and lasting impact at a global scale.


One of the most important ways we drive continuous improvement is through innovation that makes a difference.

  • Customers look to us to find opportunities and define the future—to deliver innovative products, services and solutions that address their most pressing needs.
  • Innovation is our ultimate competitive differentiator. We pursue out-of-the box ideas, both large and small, to add value and advance innovation.
  • We improve people’s lives by delivering technologies that matter. By helping our customers achieve amazing things, we enhance quality of life around the world.


By living our core values, we deliver the highest possible value to our shareholders.

  • Our strong track record enables us to continually invest back into our businesses and our people to help them realize their full potential.
  • We earn our shareholders’ investment by maintaining the highest standards of integrity, outstanding service for our customers and a deep commitment to building a better business every day.

Diversity and Inclusion is an ongoing journey, and we are committed to continuously improving our culture.

At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values.

“We are working hard to create a culture where our people are truly engaged, where they want to deliver results for the business, and where they are able to come to work every day as themselves."  Ernest Adams, Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader

We build our best team by seeking out a wide range of unique backgrounds, perspectives, talents and experiences.

We ensure that diverse voices and viewpoints are heard, both internally as we collaborate and externally as we listen to our customers’ most pressing needs.

We create an atmosphere in which the fresh ideas that spring from an open culture drive innovative technologies and products to serve our global customer base.

We believe with conviction that diversity helps us uncover more powerful customer insights and ultimately creates a competitive advantage in the markets we serve.

But most of all, we recognize that creating a culture rooted in Diversity and Inclusion is an ongoing journey. Our deeply embedded commitment to continuous improvement reminds us that we can keep learning, keep improving and keep striving for better.

Great People
Doing Extraordinary Things

At Danaher, you have the opportunity to advance your career in ways no other company or environment can offer. You’ll be part of a leading global organization spanning high-impact industries, unified by a Shared Purpose and a strong set of Core Values. You’ll learn and apply the tools and processes of the Danaher Business System, the proven system behind our sustained success. You’ll accomplish exceptional things in a dynamic atmosphere of collaboration, growth and deep commitment to continuous improvement.

Most importantly, you’ll make a meaningful difference in advancing critical research, developing leading-edge technology and protecting our planet’s most precious resources. You’ll Help Realize Life’s Potential, beginning with your own.

New graduates. MBA students. Women. Men. Accountants. Administrators. Marketers. Scientists. Engineers. Entrepreneurs. Leaders. Innovators. We are looking for the most talented, committed people to join us, and to enrich our diverse and inclusive culture with their unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.

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Danaher Corporation and all Danaher companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristics protected by law.

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    "Field Sales Rep @ Beckman Coulter"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Brea, CA
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    I have been working at Danaher full-time (More than 5 years)


    Good compensation, solid training, benefits are excellent, colleagues are great.


    Not an easy job so be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. Not for couch potatoes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with all the new initiatives launched with new L1 (leadership). Keep research and development at the front of everything. New technology and assays are important. We need to distinguish ourselves from competitors with better offerings for our customers.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Danaher (Paris (France)) in October 2016.


    step 1 - CV screen (no cover letter needed)
    step 2 - telephone interview (behavioral) from one of the operating companies
    step 3 - 3-5 in person interviews from different operating companies to assess your profile
    step 4 - 1-2 interviews from an operating company interested in you to discuss a specific role

    Interview Questions

    • Give me an example of a situation where you had to re-start something you were doing from zero   1 Answer
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Danaher Awards & Accolades

  • America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2008
  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
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Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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