Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Going downhill

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Used to be a very prestigious place to work. Was once collaborative and fun.

    Cons

    Constantly scrambling for work from management that often does not have it. It's a constant struggle to survive. Tons of layoffs make for a gloomy work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something should be done to stop the bleeding. I fear Battelle may no longer exist one day because of poor management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great People. Poor Leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on a challenging projects that have great impact. Very bright and talented researchers and scientists.

    Cons

    Sequestration and cuts in government funding have had a profound impact on profitability. Ongoing RIF's and benefit cuts have impacted morale. It doesn't seem like leadership can figure out how to stop the bleeding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay if that's all you want. Absolutely no job satisfaction. Mediocre benefits.

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    Current Employee - Demil Tech in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Demil Tech in Pueblo, CO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Pay is good since there is built in overtime to the work schedule.

    Cons

    There are no raises the first year. It's a pro-rated set amount.
    Management only recognizes skill sets to use them, not reward them.
    Only 80 hours PTO a year. That's sick and vacation combined.
    Everyday is like groundhogs day. Undo what you did yesterday and redo it.
    No space to work, not enough computers, no place to take breaks.
    Very limited opportunities for promotion or lateral transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize you have talented and skilled employees before they all leave.
    Take good advice when it's presented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the Battelle it was before

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    The work Battelle does is great. It's great working with some of the smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Battelle is taking all the great benefits from the employees. It was the place everyone wanted to work because they were good to the employees. It's like every other place out there now. They keep cutting and cutting. The morale is horrible. I can't see myself retiring here anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into the unethical practices going on at the management levels. The technicians at Battelle hold the place together and they do not get recognized for that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Principal Research Scientist

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Quality of Life, work life balance

    Cons

    Hostile competitive environment do to lack of work and funding for any work they actually have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Was good, going downhill fast

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    I used to love my job. Interesting projects depending on the group you are in, talented people around every corner. Vast amounts of brick, mortar, equipment, resources and history. Some opportunity to learn from people with incredible specialized skills. Battelle promotes community charity work.

    Cons

    Costs are too high for the industry, support staff heavy. Management lost sight of what drives commercial industry, wants back in, but culture is incompatible. Risk-averse environment hostile to new thinking. Clicks, much like high school, nearly everyone is born and raised in Ohio (to the non-Ohio born, you will be labeled a non-team player) Best to kiss up to project managers, assignments are based on favoritism and seniority, not skill. Technology updates are badly needed in some areas, beyond stagnation, to the point of loosing important capabilities. Buildings regularly being torn down. Pension plan was dropped for younger employees, kept for the older employees creating a caste system of sorts. Health plan was great, now mediocre and going away by 2017 to HSA only. Client work is coveted, non-client or internal customer work will backwater your career, and put you first-in-line for forced PTO (or worse) when sequester or cyclical hard times call. Cafeteria costs are high. Layoffs are now a common weekly occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study up on the the plight of other “have been” technology giants that lost footing, this place is following. Upper management needs more visibility past middle management, most are just trying to make it to retirement without rocking the boat. Red tape is to the point where employees can not get their jobs done on time. Genuine innovation typically is done on your own time and is met with hostility, amusement, or outright theft by senior people with more connections to put forward a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Going downhill fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive. Work, life, balance is strongly encouraged. Flexible schedules is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Pay raises are low or nonexistent annually.
    Too many layers of management. Constant reorgs. Bonuses and tuition reimbursements doesn't apply to all staff. Deminishing benefits to "meet industry standards" (I'll partially blame Obamacare for that one). No sick leave. They don't compensate for parking or metro. Pension plan is no longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the constant reorgs. It's NOT helping. Hold you BD folks to the same standard as you do the line managers. Why should the staff have to pay the price for lack of direction from upper management?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Politics, Poor decision making, job insecurity, lack of accountability

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I used to love working at Battelle. It used to be an exciting place to work, had great benefits and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Battelle has gone from being a leader in the scientific and homeland security businesses to one that is loosing respect both from its employees and its clients, particularly its government clients. Its become all about politics, favoritism and misguided work goals. Older seasoned employees are often laid off while younger employees (cheaper) are left to do work they aren't able to do. The result is too often poor work output, loss of respect from clients and loss of business. At the Battelle office I worked at for several years over 75% of the staff were let go or laid off over the past few years. The staff who were left were often very highly overpaid managers running inexperienced staff who really didn't know what they were doing. Morale was so bad anyone who could leave did as soon as they could, and many were quickly snapped up by companies that appreciated them and used their skills wisely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Employees value to the company needs to be determined by their capabilities and contributions to the company and to their scientific and government clients. High level management needs to be more aware of problems at the local and regional levels, and do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Stable or not stable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    The overall environment, the people, the benefits

    Cons

    Hire and fire. Walking on eggshells. Pay raises are bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Almost 5 years at Anniston AL Army Depot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Decent benefits, salary, and bonus

    Cons

    Too much bias by local management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open eyes to what is going on at locations.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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