Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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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. Protection Operations Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As long as they figure they need you, you are golden.

    Cons

    Being outside of the HQ can make you next to invisible. Once they decide you are expendable, there is no place you can go--no matter what your performnance level is.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Project Manager

    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    - Broad spectrum of expertise and therefore information resources
    - Clear growth path
    - Good benefits and compensation packages

    Cons

    - Highly political
    - Constant attention on project hours vs. overhead hours such that if you want to avoid the RIF list, any overhead tasks associated with your job function, including required annual training, has to be done on your own time
    -There is an unspoken system where certain individuals seem to be identified as leaders and fast-tracked through various roles -- in the cases I saw at Battelle,it resulted in people being in positions of leadership that they weren't ready for and didn't have the experience to support their role or the decisions they needed to be making
    - Ladder climbers get noticed, not the people who actually do good work (in many cases)

    Advice to Management

    Look for the people whose work performance is awesome, not the people who tell you they are awesome but really climb the ladder on the backs of others. Find truly capable people to move up the ladder, even if it means hiring from outside. "The Battelle way" is great, but new perspectives can be helpful.

  3. Finance Intern

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    Former Intern - Finance in Columbus, OH
    Former Intern - Finance in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Battelle Memorial as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere at Battelle is great. After a couple months of working there one feels fully engaged in the business model and doing thing to help make the company more profitable becomes top priority.

    Cons

    There are not many downsides. Working here has a smaller scale feel than most other financial internships when compared to ones at financial institutions

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue to find ways to keep employees engaged and looking for positive solutions to each and every problem.

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  5. Poor Management/Leadership/Ethics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Charity donation match.

    Cons

    Poor managers and leadership. Manage is performed from top to bottom. People put in managerial positions are based on political endeavors rather than on the "right person for the position". Bullying, intimidation, and harassment is the culture of managers. Human resources and other political person(s) will back-up managers when "messes" happen in the organization. Poor ethics as it pertains to judgment, but their ethics are based on the law, which only helps to protect the company. I would not recommend Battelle Memorial Institute to anyone unless you're desperate for a job, then I would only recommend a temporary stop-gap.

    Advice to Management

    The whole organizations needs an overhaul to break up the "good 'ol boys" club and work towards business based on business, not political gang like activity. It's a shame to see such a high potential organization function like this.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Management Heavy

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

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

    Pros

    Equipment was moderately new. the culture within the employees is fine. One can learn to work around all of the mismanagement to get ones job done.

    Cons

    Too much management needing support. Management under-trained and under-talented. Personnel that should be assisting others get their job done, like Human Resources or contracts, have no reason to bother to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Less is more - delete a few levels

  7. Specialist

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Specialist in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Responsibility and lack of micromanagement.

    Cons

    Lack of upside is present with an overweight bias to management personnel.

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. Helpful (3)

    Going downhill

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Researcher in Columbus, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a very prestigious place to work. Was once collaborative and fun.

    Cons

    Constantly scrambling for work from management that often does not have it. It's a constant struggle to survive. Tons of layoffs make for a gloomy work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Something should be done to stop the bleeding. I fear Battelle may no longer exist one day because of poor management.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great People. Poor Leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on a challenging projects that have great impact. Very bright and talented researchers and scientists.

    Cons

    Sequestration and cuts in government funding have had a profound impact on profitability. Ongoing RIF's and benefit cuts have impacted morale. It doesn't seem like leadership can figure out how to stop the bleeding.

  10. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, great benefits, and solid people. Opportunities to work on IR&D or other corporate money.

    Cons

    Very stove-piped making it difficult to get the personnel required to build an effective team.

    Advice to Management

    Greater transparency on re-orgs, benefit changes, etc would be beneficial. Take a more active role on mentoring junior personnel

  11. Helpful (5)

    Not the Battelle it was before

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work Battelle does is great. It's great working with some of the smartest people in the world.

    Cons

    Battelle is taking all the great benefits from the employees. It was the place everyone wanted to work because they were good to the employees. It's like every other place out there now. They keep cutting and cutting. The morale is horrible. I can't see myself retiring here anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the unethical practices going on at the management levels. The technicians at Battelle hold the place together and they do not get recognized for that.

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