Danaher
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Updated Apr 02, 2014

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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Huge potential. Too much short term focus on sales, no true organic growth

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 10 years

ProsIf you want to learn business systems, this is the place to be. Danaher is very effective at what I call the firm processes such as manufacturing. procurement, quality, and even sales to some extent.

The people are great (but moral is poor)

ConsDanaher does poorly with, excuse the term, fuzzier processes such as innovation and organic product development. My belief is that there are flaws with some of the concepts behind the DBS system. One of the concepts appears to be that anyone or any team can be made to fit a role with the appropriate DBS tool and training. To some extent, that is true. Virtually anyone can be taught to swim, or to play a musical instrument. So, while anyone can be taught the tools, you get mediocre performance from mediocre skill. There is little or no attempt to highlight and assist the people that are excellent in their roles, at least at the innovation level. Managers of these people may get noticed, but they are not the innovators.

Danaher is not, in my experience, a company where skills and contribution are valued more than being a manager. There is no balance re specialists, SME's, etc. If you are not a manager it is hard to get your voice heard. Your viewpoint may be heard if you are fortunate enough to have a boss who brings your voice forward and does not take credit for it. , A boss that does this though does it sometimes at their own peril.

Danaher managers are not 'people' managers, even the better ones. They tend to try to project and micro manage. Who is managing the people? There is no real career path planning, no training for new roles, no mentoring (again unless you are lucky). A wise person once told me "good managers give their people the tools knowledge and resources to get the job done, and then let them do their job". No micromanagement in that.

Danaher focuses much too closely on maximizing profit to shareholders. This myopic view has the effect of having everyone lose sight of the other aspects of growing the company, i.e. innovation, organic growth, etc.. Forget about suggesting 2 year or longer projects even if you have the very lucrative business cases to back them up. Managers like the idea of doing these projects, however they are being driven very hard by their managers to increase weekly and quarterly profits.

Advice to Senior Management1) Examine truly successful innovation driven companies that grow primarily through internal organic growth. Buying companies is not organic growth.
2) Determine who your key non-management people are, you have a lot of them that are underutlized, bored and frustrated
3) take your learning's from 1) and 2) and implement action plans based on what you have learned.
4)Yes, sales are important, but they are to any company. Focus more on the rest of the business and sales will go up as a result.

The above would be a good start

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You will succeed if you like putting other people down.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher

ProsIf you like operations, you might like Danaher.

ConsInept managers that manage by fear, not a friendly place to work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ruthlessly Efficient

Engineer (Current Employee)
Hatfield, PA (US)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAggressively managed by financial hawks. No wonder it's a well-performing stock. Hard to imagine any competitors being more ruthless.

ConsUh, like I said, aggressively managed by financial hawks. Very hard on employees, suppliers and customers. Layoffs come without warning. Solely focused on short-term goals.

Advice to Senior ManagementI doubt it would be wildly expensive to earn some small level of loyalty with your employees and your suppliers. Word travels; the present situation negatively affects Danaher's ability to recruit.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good company, great employees, selfish management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher for more than 3 years

ProsProcess and metrics driven, drive to get results, unrelenting pursuit of continuous improvement

ConsKeep demanding more from employees and rewards are limited to a few. Career development is also only for a limited set of employees - others are merely worker bees. Several executives are considered to be selfish, motivated only by their own compensation and payback.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher

ProsGood benefits. Operating companies are allowed some degree of autonomy

ConsNo work/life balance. Always made to feel that the work produced is never good enough. Salaries lag the market.

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Bottom line focused

District Manager (Former Employee)
Raleigh, NC (US)

I worked at Danaher for more than 5 years

ProsManagement is committed for better or worse to DBS. Sing from the same page. Very good stock appreciation

ConsStrong focus on quarterly results without much care for long term prospects

Advice to Senior ManagementBenchmark long term performance against industry peers better

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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How much productivity can they squeeze out of you?

Operations (Former Employee)
Marengo, IL (US)

I worked at Danaher full-time

ProsCompetitive salary, and decent 401k match and profit contribution after 1 year.

ConsAs other reviews have pointed out, Danaher is interested only in the bottom-line. Work/life balance is not a concern for them. No sick days, so have to use vacation, and it takes a very long time to get additional vacation days.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't discuss incentive comp plan bonuses around non-management employees that are not eligible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The Bottom Line is ALL that matters.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSalary: That is how they get you. Remember that the grass is NOT always greener!
DBS: Danaher Business System. (Toyota Business System)
Employees that were working at the Danaher Business Unit prior to be acquired by Danaher.

ConsEngineering's time was spent on fixing the existing products. No R&D. No Marketing. No dedicated outside sales force. Manufacturing runs the show. Cut costs, cut costs, cut costs. The customer does not come first. Employees are assets to be used accordingly.

Advice to Senior ManagementAny advice in contrast to Manufacturing or Accounting's ideals will be disregarded or considered to be provided by someone who's opinion is useless.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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On the Quality-Delivery-Innovation-Cost C is the stronger !

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCompany culture strongly dependent of the location

ConsGet an MBA if you want to look for senior position

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Better as a shareholder or a senior executive, than a regular employee

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Pressure drives performance
- DBS concept interesting intellectually at the beginning

Cons- No training, no backoffice investment
- Dogmatic approach "processes will drive success"
- Redundant reporting without enough focus on core results
- Not enough meritocracy: some senior posts will just be assigned rotationally or based on relationships. If you are not well connected you may work 80 hours weeks til you retire and not get anything.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake it a great place to work. Otherwise when the labor market improves you'll start losing key people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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