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Danaher Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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Danaher President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas P. Joyce, Jr.
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Pros
  • Danaher Business System, company values and integrity (in 15 reviews)

  • Good benefits and for the most part the culture is okay but it can be a bit demanding (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Always on the road - work life balance is a challenge (in 21 reviews)

  • Endless RIFs in pursuit of ultimate LEAN means no job security and no work life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Wood Dale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent 401K plan, Flex hours

    Cons

    Experience is ignored, one has to have FOUR YEAR "Paper" for promotion. Management approval rating stuck @50%.

    Advice to Management

    What say you try something different and crazy..Manage!!


  2. "Was a great place to work, with the word WAS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co workers, safety is important and benefits are good. Some additional perks such as discounts on Verizon ect. Very diversified company.

    Cons

    If you don't have a college degree, you will go no where. Once a year the employees get to take part in a survey about the company they work for. It's always bad. It has gotten worse the past year with the clear downsizing of the company. We are not told the truth, they just use the excuse, your position is being eliminated and the new position replacing it pays about half. Take it or leave it. Most of the sales force has left and went to the competitors. Dedicated employees with perfect records for many years are now treated like children, having to account for every move including using the restroom. Phone calls are recorded and picked apart as a reason to mark your employment record. Direct manager had no control or backbone to stand up for his/her team.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink what is important. Your employees matter


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Focus on numbers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Two Inlets, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Two Inlets, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Less respect and appreciate to employees. Only focus on the sales number and growth. Stressful working environment and the managers lack off experience

    Cons

    A lot management tools and practice. Highly growth business in merge market so more opportunities and young employees and managers that is good for innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Need more care employees not only numbers


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "Great company to invest in as an investor but not as an employee serving share holders"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - R&D Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many great people with good intentions. Some very strong and humble leaders. Very good place to learn and move on.

    Cons

    Endless RIFs in pursuit of ultimate LEAN means no job security and no work life balance. Mindless and mind numbing bureaucracy in many areas sucks life out of you when you try to get a job done.

    Advice to Management

    Someday, all the employees will be eventually replaced by robots but we are still humans with feelings and thoughts. A little empathy will go a long way. Also, work is not a jail sentence and a business trip should not be a punishment. It is not necessary to publish a travel policy that reads "you are allowed to call home once a day for a reasonable length". We are all adults here trying to contribute.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Sold down the Danaher River"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in Port Washington, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Winners : Great for the out going CEO Larry K. Not only did he get his 30 million or so average over the 4 years he was here he also got a 109 million dollar buy out. Good job Larry

    Winners: Great for the outgoing former Pall execs. They also got multi-million dollar buy outs.

    Winners: Great for the former Pall Corp Shareholders they got 2 to 4 times what they paid for their stock when the stock buy out was around 127 dollars a share.

    Winners: Great for the few employees not laid off they get to keep their jobs and all the new benefits that Danaher employees all get.

    Cons

    Losers: The employees at other facilities at Pall as the massive layoffs began.

    Losers: Most of the employees at the former Global headquarters at Port Washington
    , NY Most are or already have been laid off.

    Losers: The talented lab personnel that all lost their jobs at PW as the jobs and the lab talent did not move to other facilities. The lab talent was managed out the front door to the unemployment line.

    Losers: The customers who now will have to wait for newly hired trainee lab personnel from other facilities to come up to speed for the testing protocols they are now just learning (usually a 6 month process at best) and These newly trained personnel are dealing with a heavy back log of tests to perform as they are replacing many labs and the work load those labs performed.

    Losers: LI as when the final person exits the PW facility the area will have lost in total hundreds of jobs, And the money these people will have spent on LI as well as the tax base Pall corp has brought to LI for over 70 years.

    Losers: Any LI person who might have landed a job at Pall if the Acquisition had not gone through.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest during acquisition. When asked if there would be lay-offs and if the facility would be closing be honest. Treat the employees with respect and give them the time line. Then everyone is on the same page and the transition of work will go very smooth to the other sites where the work will now be done. This would have given everyone a 6 month heads up and a chance to find suitable employment over a 6 month period maybe even within the company itself and pay out an extra bonus for people who stay the 6 months, this will say the company money over the long haul. This helps both the employer with a smooth transition between work load and work site and does not flood the market with former employees now all scrambling to find suitable employment. Stop, Act and Speak up upper management walk the talk. Do what you say and say what you do.

    Also China did not cause Good paying jobs to be lost. It is American companies through Acquisition of other companies that eliminate good paying jobs to squeeze more profit out of already profitable companies that have caused and continue to cause the fading middle class as the rich get richer and the good jobs evaporate. Corporate Greed has all but eliminated the middle class


  7. Helpful (16)

    "Replacing American workers with H1B1 visa holders."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Elizabethtown, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Elizabethtown, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn how to balance 5 jobs at once and accomplish the impossible with absolutely no resources or assistance.

    Cons

    Most heartless, mis-managed company I've ever worked at. The management manages to keep their jobs by firing everyone who tries to talk common sense, and then replaces them with foreign students here on a visa.

    Advice to Management

    They didn't take my advice once the entire 3 years they were paying me for it, why would they start now they've replaced me with an Indian kid here on a visa?


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Commitment to medical market sector not present"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Southeast Newberry, SC
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Southeast Newberry, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    resources, fellow workers, product reputation and acceptance by constomers

    Cons

    management failures to maintain, or gain GPO contracts, new product pipeline (non-existent),
    inconsistent messaging to sales force, supervisory management changes and turnover issues

    Advice to Management

    commit to medical market (not dental, but hospital/healthcare industry), reinvest in R&D of innovative new problem-solving products, not the "me too" licensed products that competition already has available to customer base, invest in technology for HLD market


  9. Helpful (9)

    "the reviews and rating on glassdoor are true"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company is good at squeezing every drop out of employees to make a profit. So company will probably continue to generate good profit and company is good at making ethical and safe choices, except not treating employees like humans.

    If you are executives, you are treated well, albeit it's a high pressure environment, but good compensation package. But don't bother if you are not executives. I was impressed by the caliber of most executives, i think they are very capable and bright. If you are a workaholic, this is the company for you!

    Cons

    treat employees like a machine, no mercy. If anyone in the dept ever leave, head count will not be replaced, the workload will be redistributed until the straw breaks the last camel. health insurance sucks. benefits sucks. i think 3 sick days a year from what i remember.

    Advice to Management

    while profit is important, but please don't fixate on head count so much. Employees are humans as well, not just shareholders, we do get tired and we get sick and we have family that we'd like to see. Someday this low morale is going to catch up to you.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Drive for Profit, High Turn rate and poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Simsbury, CT
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Simsbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Danaher (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great associates to work with, fun enjoyable. CEO has a clue but was better in his previous role as a President

    Cons

    Leadership is all about themselves, a mis managed bunch of clowns that could get out of a box even if they had directions.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully CEO will look back to his past leadership role and gain wisdom from how he motivated great thinkers to work together and foster better learning and how he turned around everything he touched. Its a lot of reflection upon oneself but it all will payout in the long run. Lots of top line talent has either left or been MIS managed out, and look at the mess thats left.


  11. Helpful (16)

    "Who wins?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Danaher full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Committed to being best in class using simple standardized tools across all OpCos. Prefers simple quick solutions to problems over longer term complex costly solutions, even when the longer term solution is better for the employees and customers.

    Cons

    Most employees work 55-60 hour week minimum. Salaries and bonuses are average, Danaher targets industry averages when setting mid-points (so don't expect to be paid more than others when working for Danaher). Company is grossly under resourced. Danaher puts financial results way way ahead of customer satisfaction (don't let them tell you differently). Execs tell you reason is so that Danaher can acquire more companies. So who wins? The stockholders of the acquired companies. Put another way, Danaher employees work their tails off, for average pay, with no incentives, so the execs and stockholders of acquired companies can get rich. Employees don't win.

    Advice to Management

    Put customers first, then employees second. The financial results will follow. Remember that employees make the company. Reward them appropriately (better salaries, bonuses, stock options, medical benefits, etc.). Stop "saying" how good it is to work for Danaher if you're not going to back it up with better compensation, benefits, and a work-life balance.


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