Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
182 Reviews

3.0
182 Reviews
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Seem to get a lot of different interesting short-term projects to work on at all different federal agencies (in 7 reviews)

  • Very good benefits (though they have changed to meet industry norms) (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is hugely upper-management overweight (in 9 reviews)

  • Excessive layers of management at Battelle (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sr. Management more interested in maximizing their bonuses than providing training for staff or refreshing technology.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Some excellent technical staff with integrity and compassion.

    Cons

    Staff and benefits reductions continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold senior management accountable for their failures instead of blaming (and firing) others downstream.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I like what I do day to day but that has nothing to do with Battelle

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Arlington, VA

    Pros

    I like what I do day to day but that is because I am on an interesting contract. As a gov contractor you are limited to 80 hours every 2 weeks. There is a very modest pension if you work there long enough.

    Cons

    No career progression, unfair compensation, employees mean nothing to the company, lots of lip service and no action to make things better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees fair compensation, actually show employees that you care about them - rewards should be things like time off or bonuses and not a throw away e-mail or points to get a free mug, make reviews actually mean something and specific to a person's job

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

    Have been here over 25 years. The company used to be great, but all semblance of caring for employees has vanished.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a well-known company, so it is nice to have on one's resume if one is not so close to retirement. It is one of the last companies to have both a savings plan and a pension plan, but I suspect that won't be the case much longer.

    Cons

    All management decisions are made with the only consideration being the bottom line. There are so many bean-counters being paid high salaries to make the numbers look good that it is difficult for the numbers to be positive. The company is hugely upper-management overweight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A return to consideration of employees would greatly improve morale, which is at the lowest ebb I've seen in over a quarter of a century. We used to FEEL part of a team. Now we are just being told what a great team we are while folks are in fear of losing their jobs because of the almighty BOTTOM LINE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great ideas, bad execution

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best thing about this place is that you will never get bored. The work is always exciting and changing and you are always doing something new. Pay is average. Will learn how to make your own business.

    Cons

    Battelle expects you to bring in your own business and do your work too. If you cannot find work for yourself to keep busy, you should be job hunting. It makes you wonder what the advantage if working at battle is. Some managers will help their employees find work. Others will say that it is up to the employee to do that. Managers are praised over engineers. Engineers are told they need to bring in business. In order to go anywhere at the company you must bring in money. However you will be penalized if you spend time on proposals. Not sure if anyone has realized this paradox. Management is very inconsistent. Some managers are great and would offer to help you while you are stuck here over the weekend. Others laugh at the idea of working till 5 on a Friday. Pay is almost exactly average, and raises are pretty minimal. No chance of bonuses unless you are senior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to incentivize your work force. The reason many people stay is that they are too old to leave. However it doesn't keep younger skilled staff here. There are minimal cost of living increases for raises and hard work typically goes unnoticed. Can't tell you the last time I got a thank you from my manager. There is no reason for me to want to stay here.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solve What Matters Most?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    High quality people.
    Solve hard problems.
    Good charitable mission.

    Cons

    What matters most is the bottomline.
    Little tolerance for non-billable work.
    No clear path for advancement outside of Columbus.
    Quick to layoff un-billable staff.
    Admin organizations in the company operate independently of those they serve.
    Inefficient matrix management. Some of those who own the work do not work well with resource managers. They don't communicate and they lead their projects using fear and threats of losing work to "keep people in check."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cutting into the bone. We're working our people to death.
    Not everything has to fit into a box or in the cell of a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less than stellar

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst
    Current Employee - Intelligence Analyst

    Pros

    On a corporate level, they really do care about their employees

    Cons

    Employees in the field are ignored and left to fend for themselves. Sure, the job market sucks right now, but Battelle's excuses are getting old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    ADHD - Look a shiny object - Lets reorganize the everything

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

    Pros

    Solid team members care about each other and the groups they support.

    Cons

    Does not have the patience needed to develop a full understanding of the impacts of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review members of your middle management team - their attitudes are causing the problems. Flatten the support structure and HOLD people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, disappointing colleagues.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technician  in  Aberdeen, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Aberdeen, MD

    Pros

    Able to learn a wide variety of techniques.

    Cons

    Low salary, no career progression, untrustworthy colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have the title of management but take no steps to handling the managing of people. The hands off approach leaves you wildly out of touch with your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Leader  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    good technical people with some interesting projects, good benefits (although this is being scaled back to match the industry norms), finally working to align executive and line management financial goals

    Cons

    poor management, stovepiped culture, too many former military brass with no business acumen or training, line management told to be entrepreneurial risk takers but top management are risk averse (protecting a charitable trust fund squashes innovation), continual small staff cuts (trying to stay below the formal reporting requirments to avoid bad press)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to make financial and commercial goals better grounded in reality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible to outsiders - lots of backstabbing and caddy behavior

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Working on cool stuff with really intelligent folks.

    Cons

    Some folks that had been there for a long time (most are lifers) viewed someone coming in from the 'outside' as a threat. Since there is little room to move up in the company, if you come in at a high level you have many at a lower level that resent you taking 'their' spot. I was brought in because management felt they needed to be more diverse, less in-bread and they were right. It was pure hell on a daily basis .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new hires get put on the right projects to start until they are well integrated into the group. Some special handing may be required to make sure it goes smoothly. I was getting it straightened out after 3 yrs but eventually bailed for greener pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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