Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated April 21, 2014
Updated April 21, 2014
183 Reviews

3.0
183 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.  

    Working at Battelle

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

    Pros

    It was good when times were good.

    Cons

    Lots of blood-letting when times got bad.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing Business roles

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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Arrogant Middle Management

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Demil Technician IV
    Former Employee - Demil Technician IV

    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
  7.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Dublin, OH

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Noncompetitive Lab centric company stuck in 80s

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Crystal City, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Crystal City, VA

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits
    Lots of technical expertise
    Decent core values

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Cool company, poor Leadership

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    little 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, but inneffective business model and commercial leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great collegues and unique work.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    BOD needs to take a more responsible role in placing Battelle in the proper direction.

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