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Danaher Reviews

Updated March 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. "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Danaher as an intern

    Pros

    -The plant has many opportunities to learn since it spans over a variety of products
    -Overall the people are nice

    Cons

    -No room for innovation or creativity (products are very old and outdated)
    -Departments of Maintenance, Manufacturing, and Design are divided in decisions and lack communication
    -Learning done must be accomplished on your own, most employees are too busy or too impatient to spend much time assisting.
    -File system is awful (some online, some paper only, some non-existant)
    -Long hours typically required (occasionally weekends if necessary)
    -Only rare employee bonding such as picnics or events (work is work attitude mostly)
    -Town is barren with limited places to eat

    Advice to Management

    Encourage creativity in order to improve the plant instead of just making sure the plant hits numbers. Encourage using more advanced database systems that are user friendly in order to speed up processes. Encourage communication between departments to avoid distrust issues that may result from a lack of.


  2. Helpful (6)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Danaher & OpCos"

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

    Pros

    Strict adherence to bottomline benefit to company growth: drive to lowest cost/highest profit ratio, live by the spreadsheet, profess ethics in all business-related endeavors.
    Great stock to own.

    Cons

    DBS is a thinly veiled front OCD-like adherence to typical second year MBA "tools" which drive costs down and maximize profits regardless maintaining product quality on par with its particular application.

    Advice to Management

    Not asking for a Socialist state within the organizational structure but the rest of the employees are a big part of making your company(& OpCos) successful. Your arrogance or "expectation" that the company should pay & reward you for what is an overpriced bunch of letters after your name is astounding. Your "contributions" are no more important than the efforts everyone puts in every day. Why not abide by standard business practices and start to cut your own costs (re: salary, compensation, perks, benefits, etc...?) along with all the other cost savings initiatives? You honestly think you are worth that much? Get over yourselves!
    Lip service is paid to Work/Family balance: try to take time off when more work gets added and passed down the org chart because you sit in meetings all day, coming out with more agenda items to address than there is realistic time to complete.
    Implementation of other business cultural processes is laughable & another piece of flak added to everyone's workload if it is not done well to begin with: the attempt to make the "Toyota Way", Kaizens, etc...a part of the way we do business conflicts with making the most money possible.


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  5. Helpful (16)

    "Who wins?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "No appreciation for employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Technical Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Technical Specialist in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Be an investor and buy their stock. You will get more benefit as an investor than as an employee, I see this now that I'm on both sides of the fence.

    Cons

    Cheap . Always cutting, they've gone as far as lowering the requirements for certain positions in order to pay less.

    Advice to Management

    It's now about how good and dedicated you are. It's about how good you get along with top management. Better candidates are never appointed.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning of Danaher Business Systems

    Cons

    Absolute focus on short term profitability

    Advice to Management

    Danaher could be a better place to work if they didn't focus so much on achieving Quarterly profit targets


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Program Manager"

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

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Many long time employees that really treat each other like family

    Cons

    Management always pushes for more, without considering safety, health or welfare of employee

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say and be aware of pressure you put on associates can affect them negatively


  9. Helpful (16)

    "Lean is the name of the game."

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

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

    Pros

    Large company. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. Great opportunity to enhance ones skill set. Looks great on a resume. If you are a numbers person, this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture at best. So focused on lean that everyone is extraordinarily overworked. People really don't seem to care about each other. It's very much about covering yourself and it's usually at the expense of others. So much analysis and reporting and numbers that have to be reported back but no one has the time to look at the people or issues behind those numbers. Work life balance is a fairy tale. You can't work enough there. Bottom line, no one really cares about you... at all.

    Advice to Management

    There are PEOPLE behind your numbers. I understand business 101 - sales, money, revenue. But there are people that make that money for you and you are working them to death. Can you please hire an admin? Anywhere at any level... People need some level of support but they are all doing the job of 2-3 people at any given time. No one has time to care about the things that matter because if they slow down for one minute, they will get their backside handed to them.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great People, Lacking Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC
    Former Intern - Engineer Co-Op in Elizabethtown, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Danaher as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work around, operators on the floor were my favorite part. If you need help, employees will stop everything their doing to help in any way they can. Certainly a great place to learn.

    Cons

    It's a great place to get your feet wet, but not to stick around. Consistently a revolving door of engineers, and management certainly has lots to learn about letting engineers d their jobs.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Worst Place for Engineers to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Glendora, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On paper this looks like a good job for a Mechanical or Materials engineer because they'll be dealing with mechanisms and new materials.

    Cons

    However there was motivation for innovation and upper management was focused on ringing every drop from that dam Damon line. People were nice enough, but just pretty dressed because they all see the end coming and don't have enough energy to get off the boat

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. This is a horrible place to work and mainly because of Danaher and upper management



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