Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
198 Reviews
3.0
198 Reviews
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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Review Highlights

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.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Surface Mount Engineer Co-op in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Surface Mount Engineer Co-op in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    structured, fair work environment... innovative spirit with the ability to make changes to the manufacturing process

    Cons

    the company is tightly restricted by procedures and upper management. Changes that occur usually take years to be implemented so the company is a little slow moving

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    People company (Old School)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The company is well known and has a large foot print in the contracting word. This allows for more direction for its growth and for its staff.

    Cons

    The shrinking number of new contracts may be a down hill slide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From a boots on the ground perspective, it may be out growing itself and not being intouch with the changing world. Meaning with the new directions of shorter contracts and 8a firms the company still relies on large and long term contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Principal Research Scientist

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

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Quality of Life, work life balance

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was good, going downhill fast

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The work was very interesting but was not hard to find at times.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of different types of projects to work on, requiring a board set of skills.

    Cons

    Work is up or down, there is rarely a constant flow of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Going downhill fast

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good company for opportunities.

    Cons

    Some trouble in acting as one large company as opposed to many small business units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great work/life balance

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

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - NextGen, intramural activities, webinars, luncheons, fitness -- lots of ways to get involved outside work
    - Work/life balance
    - Phenomenal technologies/programs going on
    - Intelligent, hard-working, genuine people

    Cons

    - HR could be improved and more organized
    - Typical cons to research (issues with funding, clients, materials, etc.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    I was a business intern at Battelle and truly enjoyed my experience there! A good place for any student looking to take their first step into the business world. Decent pay along with a great group of people made this a valuable learning experience. Plus the company does some pretty neat things!

    Cons

    Did not really see any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics, Poor decision making, job insecurity, lack of accountability

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I used to love working at Battelle. It used to be an exciting place to work, had great benefits and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Battelle has gone from being a leader in the scientific and homeland security businesses to one that is loosing respect both from its employees and its clients, particularly its government clients. Its become all about politics, favoritism and misguided work goals. Older seasoned employees are often laid off while younger employees (cheaper) are left to do work they aren't able to do. The result is too often poor work output, loss of respect from clients and loss of business. At the Battelle office I worked at for several years over 75% of the staff were let go or laid off over the past few years. The staff who were left were often very highly overpaid managers running inexperienced staff who really didn't know what they were doing. Morale was so bad anyone who could leave did as soon as they could, and many were quickly snapped up by companies that appreciated them and used their skills wisely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Employees value to the company needs to be determined by their capabilities and contributions to the company and to their scientific and government clients. High level management needs to be more aware of problems at the local and regional levels, and do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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