Danaher

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Danaher Reviews

Updated 11 December 2014
Updated 11 December 2014
138 Reviews
2.6
138 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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    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.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher

    Pros

    Office culture was good, fairly laid back. DBS and 5S were good tools to have and were definitely enforced. Would work for Danaher again!

    Cons

    Benefits weren't great, but better than most. Raises and reviews didn't always happen in a timely fashion. Promotions weren't always encouraged from within.

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  5.  

    Great stock to own, less of a great place to work unless you work in accounting

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    Former Employee - Middle Management Sales
    Former Employee - Middle Management Sales

    I worked at Danaher full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong financial health, deep pockets for acquisitions. When they enter a segment they want to dominate it. Good sense of who to buy and when. Good comp plans. Lot's of opportunity to advance and grow.

    Cons

    It is run by bean counters. In all the lines of business you will find a person with an accounting background running the show. Hard to do things like innovate, serve the customer well, make good equipment and grow the top line when the people in charge are looking through the lens of a spreadsheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop putting CPA's in charge of large sales organizations.
     2) If you are buying companies that have working equipment and the new models developed under DHR don't measure up, you are doing it wrong
    3) Danaher is becoming a brand in and of itself, and in some lines of business letting the companies keep their individual brands creates confusion for the customers and weakens the impact of being owned by DHR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great benefits...chance to make an impact

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Once you're in middle management for one of the operating companies, you get good benefits and opportunities to really drive change in the business

    Cons

    Certain businesses are not really growth companies. strategy and direction is either stagnant or changes wildly every year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Electronics Technician

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Wood Dale, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Wood Dale, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Stable company, Excellent benefits, lateral movement to subsidiaries.

    Cons

    Pay scale on the low side. cannot move up "The Ladder" without paper ( Degree).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Challenging, rewarding, high stress

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    • 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
  10.  

    Work with the very best minds across multiple industries.

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    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
  11.  

    Decent company

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    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

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