Battelle Memorial
3.1 of 5 153 reviews
www.battelle.org Columbus, OH 5000+ Employees

Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2014
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3.1 153 reviews

                             

34% Approve of the CEO

Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth

Jeff Wadsworth

(83 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Excessive layers of management at Battelle"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Upper management still struggling to get staff and work aligned propertly"
    in 7 reviews
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Good short term opportunity

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

I have been working at Battelle Memorial as an intern for less than a year

ProsVery relaxed casual atmosphere
Friendly employees

ConsLow Pay
Lack of Direction

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Horrible experience

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Richland, WA

I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than a year

ProsBeing able to work with scientists.

ConsNeed to get projects in order to get paid.

Advice to Senior ManagementTeach managers how to actually manage.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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From pretty good to very bad

Research Scientist (Current Employee)
Washington, DC

I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than 8 years

ProsTechnically interesting work with a good degree of autonomy.

ConsAs others have posted on this site, Battelle has become just another money grubbing company (don't let the 'non-profit' tag fool you) wherein upper management are acquiring more yachts, cars, and vacation houses at the expense of the workers. Our vacation days, medical benefits, incentive bonuses, and pensions have all been eliminated or drastically reduced. Battelle does not allow personnel on gov't travel to recoup all of their Federal per diem (as per Federal policy) as ALL other Federal contractors do. Then, there are the firings and lay-offs. At my office, there have been about 15 out of a total staff of 40 or so.

Jeff Wadsworth has insituted a culture of fear and intimidation. Just a guidline or policy infraction can get you fired these days. Battelle has gone from first to worst on my resume.

Advice to Senior ManagementBack off with the autocratic gestapo tactics, and how about RIFing some of your own ranks?

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

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Carolina, NC

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

ProsCompetitive salaries, great benefits, excellent communication, many opportunities for personal growth and professional advancement if you are willing to move periodically. Leadership and Management frequently seeks input from all levels on internal process improvements, future business plans, and quality of life issues. Company gives performance awards and annual bonuses.

ConsNot enough career opportunities in my business unit within my specific geographical area.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to train all employees in "business building".

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great working environment

Statistician (Current Employee)
Columbus, OH

I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat group of people.
You are treated as a peer rather than a minion.
Great Benefits and perks

ConsDepended on grants.
I was laid off do to lack of work.

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

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Difficult to grow

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA

I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than 10 years

Prosdecent benefits, strong values, flexibility

Conslimited opportunity for advancement, poor identification and development of talent

Advice to Senior Managementmake use of your quality staff

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Hard to Get Comfortable in Current Economy

Administrative Office Assistant (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH

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

ProsLots of perks - gym, generous vacation/PTO plan, 401K, pension - many of which have gone by the wayside at other companies. The work is interesting, but exposure to new things can be limited in certain groups. Many (but not enough IMHO) smart people who are willing to share experiences and give guidance.

ConsEveryone is made very aware of the their level on the food chain. Administrative Support is not well regarded. While some staff (non-administrative) are treated with respect and encouraged every step of the way - administration is often passed over and pushed aside like furniture. Constant talk about "inclusion" and "engagement", with no real action to make these things a reality. Work assignments seem to be made and changed with impunity, affecting responsibilities, potential career path and job satisfaction. The constant jockeying for "position" and "credit" seems to undermine any efforts to create a stable and satisfying work environment. Depending upon where you may be in the food chain, the job you were hired to do can and probably will be changed without your input or buy-in. Training and career counseling do not appear to be offered to everyone equally, with many options not shared at all with administrative staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore action regarding inclusion and engagment that goes beyond pot luck lunches and endless meetings about inclusion and engagement. More recognition of efforts and accomplishments of administration and everyone beyond the "golden" few that are lorded over no matter what they do.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Twenty one years plus - satisfying career

Project Manager - Information Technology (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA

I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits
Not for profit
Company ethic
Capabilities and breadth of technology
R&D Opportunities (Internal)

ConsSomewhat "top heavy" in management
An 80 year old company that sometimes gets bogged down in itself

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall good, but a lot of mismanagement.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Columbus, OH

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

ProsInteresting projects and culture. Decent benefits. Nice gym.

ConsConstant layoffs over the last few years in order to cut costs, while continuing to give
Bonuses.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cuts to benefits and continual lay-offs

Business Services (Former Employee)

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

ProsPromotes charity work for it's employees. Some wonderful co-workers. Good facilities. Knowledgeable scientists. Still has pension. Has gym at the main campus.

ConsSome very arrogant managers who haven't learned that treating others well is important in life. Doesn't seem to promote team work and collaboration. There is team work in theory, but not in reality.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the paranoia...lay-offs, cutting benefits, an environment of fear.

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

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