Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.1 167 reviews

35% Approve of the CEO

Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth

Jeff Wadsworth

(92 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Working at Battelle

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt was good when times were good.

    ConsLots of blood-letting when times got bad.

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

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    Changing Business roles

    Analytical Researcher (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    Pros-Employee support services
    -Large Reach back to Columbus
    -Above average compensation packages (not salary)

    ConsBattelle is shifting away from consulting services and focusing on its research. There are currently limited oppotunities in the Washington Area to have any career growth within Battelle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage your middle managers to focus on employee opportunities and growth instead of cometeing with one another for dollars.

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

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    Arrogant Middle Management

    Finance (Former Employee)

    ProsNice people that do the actual work. Great facilities. Good benefits.

    ConsSeems as if they restructure every year without giving time for the last restructure to be effective. Many RIF's. Middle management seem not to care about their workers. I found them to be immature and arrogant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop restructuring every year.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company as a whole. Came away with a lifetime of experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people. Great benefits, even better pay.

    ConsPoor management." Good ol'boy" mentality. Job site/project was isolated from corporate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Historically great company....going....where?

    Demil Technician IV (Former Employee)

    ProsCorporate reputation is still significant
    Above industry average pay for level of education required to work in demil.
    Great satisfaction at project goal of ridding the world of chemical weapons.
    Exceptional colleagues to work with.

    ConsThese are all perception which is often equal to reality.

    The demilitarization contracts are high profit margin for Battelle and significantly impact the bottom line. But within the company it often seems to demil workers that they are not respected.

    Demil projects are remote site locations. For the most point out of site and out of mind as long as there were no problems to address or awards to receive.

    Never seemed like management was serious about growing new business to keep operations level employees once the demil projects ended.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat ideas don't only come from the letters Ph.D.

    Your line employees should be included in developing new businesses.

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    Its a not for profit company that has some benefits but are prejudiced against non-management staff.

    Research Scientist (Current Employee) Dublin, OH

    ProsThere are some very intelligent staff working on a variety of projects. Some work there is based on military contracts.

    ConsThey pay less than average per Salary.com, raises can be pathetic even if you worked your ass off, you're compared to "perfection" versus "peers", and they're always cutting back. Forced-used PTO, reduced sick time from 1000 hours down to 16, reduced vacation time to carry over from previous year, and there will be more to come.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove rules regarding tuition reimbursement so that non-management staff can take MBA classes which will be approved for tuition reimbursement, instead of discriminating against them so that MBA classes are only approved for management-staff only. Tuition reimbursement is supposed to be an equal benefit to all staff, without discrimination based on your position, but based perhaps on future positions, or for those which previous staff have evolved into. (How else can one compete against staff from outside the company that do have their MBA for positions that become available within the company??) Also, a staff member had their tuition reimbursement denied when they were halfway thru the degree program. No reason was given, documented, justified or unanimously decided, To disagree formally means bringing your boss in front of HR and the end of your career. You have to make a rule so that this kind of important financial decision can't be so whimsically decided by a manager or if there was a manager change. As long as this culture exists, their tuition reimbursement program benefits management only. And then there's the "mentoring program" that has a lot of propaganda, but surprisingly, isn't available for all staff. Can you guess the theme?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMost full-time staff seem fat and happy. They have great pay and benefits.

    ConsI can only speak for myself but as a part-timer (40 hours per week or less)I felt under appreciated and under paid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the people that actually do the work better. Many full-timers get paid regardless of weather they actually work or not.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Noncompetitive Lab centric company stuck in 80s

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Crystal City, VA

    ProsGood pay & benefits
    Lots of technical expertise
    Decent core values

    ConsLimited opportunities for real advancement
    Military retirees end up subsidizing benefits for non-military employees
    Poor leadership at highest echelons

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize bill paying business units, fire senior leadership, reduce benefits to become more competitive, stop taking advantage of military retirees who do not use battelle benefit programs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cool company, poor Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    Prosgood pay, decent benefits and compensation, people, great work

    Conslittle interaction with manager, limited oppurtunities for growth, inabilty to listen to staff concerns, too many former military that don't know what they are doing,

    Advice to Senior ManagementGiven the diversity of what Battelle does, there needs to be more interaction/mobility/cross-training between the business units and managed labs

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

     

    Great people, but inneffective business model and commercial leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat collegues and unique work.

    ConsThe lack of business acumen throughout the company, particularly at the very top, keeps Battelle from effectively managing private sector markets. Battelle near and mid term future promises to be rocky.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBOD needs to take a more responsible role in placing Battelle in the proper direction.

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