Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
184 Reviews
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Pros
  • Very good benefits (though they have changed to meet industry norms) (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and the work life balance is also great (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There are way too many layers of management and their only concern is to further their own careers not to look out for their direct reports (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management is top heavy and constant restructuring was frustrating (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Grind

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Battelle was a fun and interesting place to work. We got to work on very interesting projects. Battelle has significant resources, that when properly utilized, can magnify the impact or the research or project upon which you are working It is a very stable work environment. If you are a good worker, you don't need to fear losing your job.

    Cons

    The office culture at Battelle is degenerate In many ways the employee interactions with the company are tainted by a huge asymmetry of expectations and values. Battelle management culture attaches huge value to the privilege of working there, which in my experience was not supported by the local marketplace, unless you assign some large value to the small amount of prestige that Battelle has in the area. I got the feeling that the management views the employee as a resource to be exploited. In many of their business lines, I think they can get away with it, because they are a local monopoly. Be prepared to be managed. I don't know a better way to explain it without coming across as a bitter ex-employee, which I am not, but you will be managed. If you think about management as a synonym of manipulation I think you will get what I mean. I prefer to be lead, or even to lead. Politics abounds at Battelle. Poor business decisions made for political reasons. Be prepared to have unqualified employees assigned to your projects for political reasons. Your managers will ask you to 'donate time' to the company to save projects, or even increase their profitability. It is not a donation, but an expectation for the 'privilege' of working at Battelle. Be prepared for abysmally bad management. Be prepared to work almost exclusively on Government Contracts. There are a lot of inefficiencies at Battelle that strongly discourage private companies from buying their product. The Motto is the Business of Innovation, but it really is the business of evolution. The culture there makes real innovation difficult to accomplish, because of the inherent risk, but there is still a lot of interesting stuff can be done evolving the existing projects. There are a lot of inefficiencies at Battelle, and you need to be prepared to carry the load for the inefficiencies, because actually fixing those inefficiencies does not seem politically possible with the current environment. In many ways, Battelle is a micro-socialistic economy, so if that type of thing appeals to you then you will love it. Battelle does donate a portion of its profits to charity, but in my case this goes in the 'con' Section, due to the nature of the charities to which they donate. Politics abounds at Battelle and that even influences the charitable side of things, so their is a definite Leftist-Socialist leaning in all of the charities to which they donate. I spoke the departement responsible for charitable giving one time, and they showed me their donation guidelines which basically guarantee that they will only donate to Neutral or Leftist charities. If you find yourself agreeing with the Hobby Lobby and their way of doing business, then you will have a hard time working to generate profit for Battelle, if you really think about it. In the end there is a lot of interesting stuff that you can end up doing if you are willing to put your head down and look the other way as horrible business decisions are made, but despite all that you will still have some moderate professional success. If you are looking for a good salary, a stable job, and a pension, and don't really care about any of these other factors, Battelle may be the place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great scientific and technical staff; average to middling management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great scientific and technical staff. Nice, hard working people.

    Cons

    Top heavy; high overheads; lacking overall vision despite some excellent groups upon which to build.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ignorance is bliss if you just need to put in time somewhere.

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

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

    Pros

    There is a good work-life balance, and their downtown location offers a gym membership if you are located at that site. You can get a free pedometer and discount tickets to see the AAA baseball team.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are far below "industry standard". Company is a non-profit, contract manufacturer, and so improvements for the company do not move forward unless funded by one of the contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company pension plan shouldn't be the only nail holding down your employee turn-over rate. You eliminated the paternity leave, and changed 1000 hours of sick time to 16. The tuition reimbursement policy discriminates against those not in management, and funding can instantly cease while a staff member is mid-term of a program without justification, reason or just cause. The "world's largest non-profit R&D organization" should be investing in its staff, and when asked about these issues, I was told that it doesn't have to compare benefits to all companies its size, but rather just to other non-profit organizations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    lots of diverse work!

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    cross-departmental collaboration, employee resource groups, approachable management

    Cons

    little overhead time given to training or other overhead activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk the talk and walk the walk, continue to make BMI a positive place to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Battelle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    It was good when times were good.

    Cons

    Lots of blood-letting when times got bad.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing Business roles

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    Former Employee - Analytical Researcher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Analytical Researcher in Washington, DC

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Battelle 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Arrogant Middle Management

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Seems 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop restructuring every year.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people. Great benefits, even better pay.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Demil Technician IV
    Former Employee - Demil Technician IV

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Corporate 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.

    Cons

    These 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 ManagementAdvice

    Great ideas don't only come from the letters Ph.D.

    Your line employees should be included in developing new businesses.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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