Danaher

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Danaher Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
134 Reviews
2.6
134 Reviews
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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works (in 9 reviews)

  • Good benefits and for the most part the culture is okay but it can be a bit demanding (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • the place can be high strung work hours, poor work life balance, cliques, back biting (in 14 reviews)

  • There is absolutely no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Only for the young and those who only like to execute.

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    Former Employee - Vice President EMEA in London, England
    Former Employee - Vice President EMEA in London, England

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great BtoG/B industries to work in because of their potential and scope. Danaher could be an amazing company to work for, but will need change of culture.
    For very young people great way to learn basic processees and get tech know how.

    Cons

    Culture is a based on fear, mindless processees and hyrarchical thinking and very elitist.
    It is an investment fund disguised as a operational company run by investment bankers & politicians with a very US centric and mormon mind set..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be leaders and stop behaving like greedy politicians. Activate your teams, think global and built a culture based on people as an asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good 'short term' learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    This is the most extreme management culture you are likely to encounter. Learn fast, take the money while it lasts and get out.

    Cons

    Upper management are selected as ' insecure over achievers, moved away from their families and pitched against employees. Don't believe you are dealing with balanced people, they have no interest in/respect for employees and are tied to Danaher via massive stock options.
    If you reject the culture imposed on you, you will be paid to leave ie. you boss will sacrifice you - there is a separate corporate budget for redundancies that doesn't effect your companies bottom line!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I hope it is worth all the misery that is caused, or is it just that if you didn't do it, someone else would.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting company with huge growth year on year

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Focus on Lean Management and practices many tools from the Toyota Production System toolkits. Good management focus with many metrices to follow up on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Whenever an organization gets too large, there are bound be a few areas with conflict of interests. Strategies have to be deployed down clearly and expectations aligned. Personal experience - plans made but scrapped without explanation. When leaders don't listen, the organization suffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people and their skills and careers - not everything is about bottom line or getting that lean cycle in place. Invest in people and provide them with a place that they can learn and contribute, and be able to enjoy some sense of belonging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work with the very best minds across multiple industries.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher

    Pros

    Competitive environment with strong leadership and opportunities to grow. Better than average benefits, and a total compensation package that is aided by extremely strong stock performance.

    Cons

    Many things are decentralized and sometimes lean is taken too far, but hard to argue with results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to keep a laser focus on results and growing the business through strategic acquisitions, but also not lose sight of the most important resource in Danaher, it's people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging, rewarding, high stress

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HRM in HarbourFront (Singapore)
    Current Employee - HRM in HarbourFront (Singapore)

    I have been working at Danaher full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Challenging KPIs to meet, highly driven culture, adequately compensated. If work life balance is important, this is not the place for you.

    Cons

    Employees are very stretched, managers are only concern about growth and drives people hard ; doesn't really hear/understand concerns and issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what the employee is really saying!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Good company that typically buys smaller companies.... If your company is doing well they leave you alone.
    Fairpay, good benefits.

    Cons

    It doesn't value sales people like they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work as long as your boss is fair.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Buyer

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Elizabethtown, NC (US)

    I worked at Danaher full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the procurement team. We the buyers looked out for one another and covered down when workloads become unbearable which they did most of the time.

    Cons

    Lack of personnel and training. We were told they would hire more employees but they never did. The company also took away our ability to work remote which was a reason I took the job. Leadership slow at responding to time sensitive decisions. Employees are not held accountable for their actions and do not pull their weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide training (any!). Stop closed doors decision making, allow all employees to have buy in on projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Constant change

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer

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

    Pros

    Most employees not in top management were a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Attrition is horrible due to the constant changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is lacking for anyone not in top management. Limit change in policy and procedure it happens so often you do not know which end you are working from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    working on hi technology products is great experience. Constant exposure to a challenging and ever changing requirements.

    Cons

    the place can be high strung work hours, poor work life balance, cliques, back biting. having a life is a disadvantage.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Danaher reflects the acumen of its former CEO.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer
    Former Employee - Chief Financial Officer

    I worked at Danaher as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The emphasis on using systems to manage all aspects of the company gives you immense learning opportunities that can be applied in any organization. Most people leave Danaher after 18-24 months and become superstars in other organizations.

    Cons

    The Type A personalities have been replaced by bureaucrats who are more interested in filling out forms than growing the business or improving margins. Lawyers and tax accountants are required to approve business deals as aggressive business builders are kept on the sidelines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure management and eliminate all non-productive positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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