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Danaher Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ladera Ranch, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ladera Ranch, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of DBS Tools to learn from.

    Cons

    Tools drive the wrong behaviors and culture if used wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Do not overuse and overthink DBS tools. Sometimes they just don't work for certain departments.


  2. "Danaher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Danaher Business Systems Leader in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Danaher Business Systems Leader in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with positive outlook

    Cons

    Too many business units/companies under the umbrella affecting the profitability of the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Was great before Danaher bought us out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love love love my co-workers! My supervisor and manager are awesome but high up leadership is awful, textbook awful.

    Cons

    Dictatorship. No collaboration. You are just told what to do without discussion. Cut people constantly which causes training issues and you have no training because person to train is no longer there.

    Advice to Management

    Take some leadership and business classes. Having such a high turnover is more costly than having a sufficient number of employees. No point in doing enhancement surveys if you don't improve anything.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Biomedical repair tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady employer with professionalism in management

    Cons

    Not great at promotion from within

    Advice to Management

    Look at some of the employees you have to promote based of professionalism and work history and promote from within


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership Needed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to pave your own way as there is little established currently.

    Cons

    Poor management team and company structure in Dexis/KavoKerr Group in Alpharetta, GA.
    Several high level managers have moved on to greener pastures. Employee Engagement is at all-time low with issues of lack of trust in leadership, poor communication and lack of innovations as the top issues.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team and get strong seasoned management. It is great to promote from within but you have the blind leading the blind.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Danaher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal experience and education on product management , refinement of strategic development skills, financial acumen and applying lean principles to manufacturing and field service operations. Incredibly smart environment.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not strongly encouraged or nurtured. You have to learn to establish your own boundaries butnrecognize that it may not be conducive to career growth. It is a hard driving environment.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "XOS in Downward Spiral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenbush, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Greenbush, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Danaher full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only true Pro is the people. They care and want to be successful. The company match on the 401k is a Pro too.

    Cons

    Too much DHR over-process nonsense, metrics, DBS, favoritism, back room dealings, lack of honest communication, lack of timely communication, poor leadership. Benefits are too expensive and pretty shabby.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees know that the company is failing. Employees are choosing to leave. Stop force feeding the staff . Drinking the Kool Aid will not work at XOS.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Application Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    I got paid ok but it was not worth the torture, good health coverage.

    Cons

    Stressful, unhealthy office environment, no privacy, no perks, no promotion from within, dead end job. Average life span as an application engineer is 2-3 years, unless you are trying to become a Sales Engineer. Hard to make friends with co-workers, due to open office environment.

    Advice to Management

    They never tried to make the job enjoyable, it's engineering customer support and they never let you have fun of any kind. They should have shut down the telephone lines from 12pm to 1pm to allow the team to have lunch together, so we could at least socialize.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Sold down the Danaher River"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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


  10. "Strategic Accounts Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategic Accounts Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Strategic Accounts Manager in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its an unbelievable company from a process management perspective - they lead globally with their Danaher Buisiness Systems DBS which is a variation of the Toyota Six Sigma Lean culture.

    Cons

    Process scares people but once they have an introduction, if they're smart and want to see success for the company, they will jump on board. I think they could always improve on conveying this to newbies and oldbies as well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the ball rolling with the business performance but make sure you don't lose track of the human factor in the process - keep up efforts to minimize attrition and burnout which is the biggest challenge and employee turnover.


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