Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated May 22, 2015
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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Pros
  • It has very good benefits plus there is a pension program in addition to a fantastic 401(K) plan with Vanguard (in 13 reviews)

  • Decent pay and terrific work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Excessive layers of management at Battelle (in 6 reviews)

  • The company is hugely upper-management overweight (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Someday it will get better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Battelle does amazing and brilliant scientific work.

    Cons

    It's become more about who you know rather than what you know. Work life balance has gotten worse. Very little opportunity for middle level staff to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Find good leaders


  2. Helpful (1)

    Poor Management/Leadership/Ethics

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

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Charity donation match.

    Cons

    Poor managers and leadership. Manage is performed from top to bottom. People put in managerial positions are based on political endeavors rather than on the "right person for the position". Bullying, intimidation, and harassment is the culture of managers. Human resources and other political person(s) will back-up managers when "messes" happen in the organization. Poor ethics as it pertains to judgment, but their ethics are based on the law, which only helps to protect the company. I would not recommend Battelle Memorial Institute to anyone unless you're desperate for a job, then I would only recommend a temporary stop-gap.

    Advice to Management

    The whole organizations needs an overhaul to break up the "good 'ol boys" club and work towards business based on business, not political gang like activity. It's a shame to see such a high potential organization function like this.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Management Heavy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Equipment was moderately new. the culture within the employees is fine. One can learn to work around all of the mismanagement to get ones job done.

    Cons

    Too much management needing support. Management under-trained and under-talented. Personnel that should be assisting others get their job done, like Human Resources or contracts, have no reason to bother to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Less is more - delete a few levels


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Going downhill

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great People. Poor Leadership.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demil Tech in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Demil Tech in Pueblo, CO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (5)

    Not the Battelle it was before

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

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Principal Research Scientist

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

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of Life, work life balance

    Cons

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


  10. Helpful (5)

    Was good, going downhill fast

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Going downhill fast

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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?



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