Danaher
2.5 of 5 104 reviews
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Updated Apr 18, 2014

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Danaher President, CEO, and Director Larry Culp Jr.

Larry Culp Jr.

(72 ratings)

33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Very process driven the Danaher Business System really works"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Good compensation, good benefits, some good people"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Danaher can be a tough place to work in terms of work life balance and stress"
    in 12 reviews
  • "There is absolutely no work-life balance"
    in 5 reviews
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Good 'short term' learning experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Danaher

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Highly challenging and meritocratic but not warm and fuzzy.

Finance Director (Former Employee)

I worked at Danaher part-time for more than 8 years

ProsLots of opportunities to learn and grow professionally for self-starters with initiative and drive. Good comp and benefits. Smart, professional colleagues. Very disciplined, successful approach to operations and financial management.

ConsCost-cutting and layoffs are excessive and damaging to business health and employee morale. Very focused on short term results versus true growth. Human resources and IT are very low priorities. Don't look for lots of approbation. Poor at true innovation and creative marketing & sales strategies. Process (DBS) can become form over substance, and is not effective in some areas of the business.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlace a much higher value on the good people you have and demonstrate it. They will make you even more successful. You need to make "The Best Team Wins" a genuine cultural imperative, not just a hollow saying. As it is, employees view that "core value" as a bit of a joke.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Buyer (Current Employee)
Elizabethtown, NC (US)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible work schedule, remote working.

ConsUndermanned, lots of work to do with not enough people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Network Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time

ProsAlways something different.
All in all great place to work

Conscan get burnt out
Danaher asks alot out of thier employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Treat me well, but too much focus on stock price

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Solon, OH (US)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than a year

ProsI'm at an op-co, Keithley Instruments. Locally, it's a great environment, friendly (if nerdly) people. Interesting work and products.

ConsCheap. Have to fight to get computer equipment appropriate to the job you are doing. Danaher is stock-driven, so game playing at the end of every quarter to make the numbers look good. Many departments are chronically short-staffed; only so much more you can do with less.

Yes, I would 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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I divorced at 35, but became millionaire at 38...

Vice President of Sales (Current Employee)
Stuttgart (Germany)

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

ProsGlobal exposure, career opportunities, core values, compensation package, freedom

ConsStar Wars: you will find bright leaders whom are the gate keepers of the company values with whom you will learn and grow, but also you will find poor leaders very opportunistic working the month to make up their finance call and that will surf on the ever leaning race of the businesses to build their career and be a threat to your success, to Danaher success

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop more of the skip meetings with Group Exec/Senior Management. GM / BUM / VPs should have a 360° every year with a participants list they do not choose and being extended to all functional departments (2 each)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If You Live to Work, This is Your Place

General Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Danaher full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat opportunities if you're willing to sacrifice and work extremely hard. Will become a millionaire if you get in the equity program. Great business system and processes for most everything. If you can survive here, you can survive anywhere.

ConsProcesses aren't always followed. Quest for revenue growth leads to some questionable ethics and decisions. More politics than sr. leadership will admit to. No investment in facilities and work environment is poorly maintained. Not for everyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementDeploy some capital in the facilities and give people a place to work they can take pride in. You are losing customer focus by being overly concerned with short term financial results.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Learning the ropes.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Danaher

ProsThe people I work with.

Consnot at this time, may rewrite later

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The absolute worst experience of my career

Human Resources Manager (Former Employee)
Wood Dale, IL (US)

I worked at Danaher full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSmart people - if you find the right ones willing to teach - you can learn a lot - Danaher does look good on your resume

ConsI have never worked - and I worked in HR - where HR was a total joke within the company - they do not have a seat at the table, firing/layoff practices are totally geared towards those over 50 and HR senior management is a mere puppet for the leadership team

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the HR senior management team and start taking turnover seriously

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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