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.
Larry Culp Jr.
91 Ratings

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    No vision. No strategy. No hope.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Danaher full-time

    Pros

    Met some really good people while working there. I was able to develop strong leadership and motivational skills to counteract the negative environment and poor morale.

    Cons

    People are let go every year, which leads to a workplace where employees are constantly looking over their shoulder. Morale is very low. People have meetings for the sake of having meetings, which is a result of poor strategic planning and direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to develop a strategy for how you would like to the company to move forward. Knee jerk reactions to even the slightest bit of negative news will not take the company to higher levels of success. Pick a plan and see it through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Working as contract employee for 2+ years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Danaher as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The corporate Danaher does not seem to mess around with the division level companies and obstruct their operational strategy/tactics (good thing) but provides reasonable structure and financial backing when needed.

    Cons

    Unwilling to be flexible when it comes to things like vacation. Some methodologies in place (e.g. expenses) that seem very antiquated and cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing division-level independence with respect to operational tactics and allow more flexibility for unique division culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging - Training under fire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    They leave you room to grow up in pay and responsibility when you start a job at Danaher. If you work for an acquired Danaher company be prepared to work hard and cut out wasted tasks (process improvement)

    Cons

    Most of their systems don't talk to one another and yet detail reports are requested on demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High paying chiefs are paid well, but sometimes it feels like there are not enough Indians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Progressive Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Growth potential has been steady.
    DBS is key and processes are in place for efficiency.
    Office culture is friendly.

    Cons

    Compensation does not seem to be aligned with market and experience. Yearly performance appraisal is around 3%. There is no concept of profit sharing/Bonus based on the success of the company.
    Policy for Vacation is use it or lose every year.
    Employee stock purchase is not an option.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice colleagues and balanced life.

    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at Danaher as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Workload is very reasonable and the environement is appealing.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is not quite attractive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication among employees.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good for VP and above, rest all stay away!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Non-VP in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Non-VP in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    If you are in industrials / manufacturing oriented domain, training in DBS and other processes is valuable. The brand is strong in such domains. If you are coming from other domains or would like to go to another domain, there are better places to go.

    Cons

    They may pay you a high salary to entice you to join, but you may not get raises or promotions. Unlike technology and other progressive companies, only executive-level people get equity in the company. There are no stock options or ESPPs. Their mantra to growth is cutting out waste. So they are always on lookout to cut people. However, in essence they are managing street's expectations. Unannounced layoffs to meet near term operating profit / other metrics are quite common across holding companies. Not much job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth with non-executive associates too. Treat them fairly and with respect when you layoff people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good to learn how to begin with the scratch.

    Cons

    lack of visibility in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Appears to be a successful company to outsiders but one of the most impersonal employers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Diverse portfolio of companies and allows growth opportunities and ability to drive shareholder value

    Cons

    Associates are basically numbers and there is a huge churn in middle and upper management as there is not freedom for creativity with constant micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't place your complete faith in DBS. It started as a good process but today it has become a bureaucratic nightmare making little or no significant improvements. Upper management is tying up associates in meetings and discussions with little or no time for customer engagement. Revenue numbers and forecasts are required literally every day taking people away from running the business and taking care of customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is a culture of continuous improvement which is nice. Great company match on 401(k) which works out to be 6% as long as you put in at least 5%.

    Cons

    Upper-management try to push "the best team wins," but it seems that only upper-management "win." Pay is sub par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you're paying people realistically.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Danaher - a driven culture through the use of Lean Manufacturing philosophy ie DBS

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DBS Director
    Former Employee - DBS Director

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

    Pros

    Very Strong Management - winning culture, not a place for those with a weak work ethic

    Cons

    Wil be interesting with Larry Culp stepping down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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