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Danaher Reviews

Updated July 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 (6)

    "Application Engineer"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Sold down the Danaher River"

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    • 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

  3. "Strategic Accounts Manager"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Danaher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Danaher (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for and gain experience. worked there for many years and gained valuable experience

    Cons

    work life balance is minimally valued, large company with minimal communications between businesses

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on performance not politics


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Replacing American workers with H1B1 visa holders."

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    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?


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Commitment to medical market sector not present"

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    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Inside Sales Rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Anaheim, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment if you are competitive, hungry to learn and ready to take off. This role is ideal to those who are not or are in the midst of acquire a bachelor's. Lot of support given to almost everyone.

    Cons

    Few to mention as I didn't stay there for too long due to the fact that I am not a typical inside sales person. However, there are lot of associates on the inside sales team that have been there for too long, which isn't an advantage in the sales field.

    Advice to Management

    Never higher someone with lot of accomplishment in a smaller role; YOU WILL END UP LOSING THEM.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Grreat experience, good salary, policies

    Cons

    Employee retention rate is poor.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency in business needed


  9. Helpful (9)

    "the reviews and rating on glassdoor are true"

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    • 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. "Manufacturing Technician and Inspection"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Gurnee, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Gurnee, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    5 percent 401k match, Roth IRA, Good pay

    Cons

    High pressure and no future investment in equipment.


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