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Danaher Reviews

Updated December 17, 2017
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Danaher President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas P. Joyce, Jr.
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Pros
  • Many growth opportunities available and a great business system in place to support you (in 16 reviews)

  • Good place to learn many new technologies at least skin deep (in 5 reviews)

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

  • High pressure and no future investment in equipment (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Scientist"

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    Former Contractor - Scientist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Scientist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Danaher as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture, my team was great

    Cons

    little organization, over abundance of politics, few opportunities for advancement, a heavy emphasis on contract employees, lots of lay offs this year


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Danaher Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good.
    er, that's it

    Cons

    Hire and fire culture.
    Nasty management

    Advice to Management

    Be human

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great for shareholders, not so much for employees and customers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has many great processes that can be leveraged to improve business performance.

    Cons

    Executive management struggles to think outside of their own Danaher Business System. They fail to recognize when particular businesses are in up or down cycles. They spread the same requirements across all businesses, like peanut butter.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the market and competitive conditions of the businesses. Give management more freedom to adjust investment in the business up or down to maximize the return on investment over not only short time periods, but also longer time horizons.


  4. "Engineering Technician"

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    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!!


  5. "Do more with less."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Fair benefits and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Danaher runs very lean and works more with less.


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

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Focus on numbers"

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    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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Undervalue Experience and Knowledge"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Cost cutting measures and know how to drive positive Financials / Productivity using DBS.

    Cons

    Created a thin Management layer that left no room for employees to grow or promote. Constant rotation of Management from other Danaher Companies drove employees out the door or wondering where they could ever go.

    Advice to Management

    Grow leaders from within a company, not from 100's of companies you own. Creates a sense of hopelessness when exceeding at your position gets you nowhere.


  9. Helpful (19)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Over "Processed""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, a very strong stock. Large portfolio of well known companies under the Danaher umbrella. Pay is in line with industry.

    Cons

    Employees are over driven by way too many ineffective processes, a good portion of which are not applicable to the business unit. HR is extremely biased towards certain individuals to he point of turning a blind eye to problematic employees.

    Everything is about the bottom line. Innovation is not encouraged if there is a cost involved. Stress levels very high.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your own way. Listen to your employees feedback. If you're going to insist employees fill out a satisfaction survey, take action with the feedback don't just give lip service.


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