Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
175 Reviews
3.1
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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95 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good benefits (though they have changed to meet industry norms) (in 13 reviews)

  • Decent pay and terrific work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Excessive layers of management at Battelle (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Battelle Memorial Institute

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Battelle has been a great company to work for. Their work covers diverse industries....benefits are some of the best around (including a pension plan)....HQ Offices (Admin, HR, Accounting, Travel, etc) are actually friendly and helpful....and they match up to $10,000 per employee for charitable contributions....

    Cons

    Career opportunities are quite limited if you are not a Research Scientist...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time for 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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    Great scientific and technical staff; average to middling management

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Arlington, VA

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

    A Good Place to 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to travel to places I never would've been if I had to pay the bill. Food per Diem is a definate Pro... I like to eat.

    Cons

    Leadership opportunities are lacking. Do not get full government per diem on trips; only get reimbursed for what was spent. PTO is slow to accrue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your people for ways to advance their careers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Contracts Administrator review

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    Current Employee - Contracts Administrator  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Contracts Administrator in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They have great benefits and competitive salaries. My experience with management has been that they are very flexible to schedules and personal needs as long as you are able to accomplish your work. Hard work is rewarded, at least in my experience (I know this is not always the case however).

    Cons

    Depending on your education (no matter experience) you may have trouble being promoted into higher level positions. Sometimes people get caught up in the popularity contests rather than their jobs at hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to communicate well with staff/employees. Make them aware of upcoming challenges in advance. People don't like to be surprised.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company but needs to be more competitive

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    Current Employee - Senior Office Administrative  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Office Administrative in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pension account; promotes charity; work with some really great and talented people;

    Cons

    Compensation low for job type and raises are almost nil; must use two of our PTO days for government holidays;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should ask themselves how they would like to be treated if in the same position of worker;

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    lots of different jobs over the time there

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Top notch people, challenging technical work. No formal dress code, flex time, on site cafeteria, fitness center, credit union, dry cleaners, lots of plusses for the 'life' part of work-life.

    Cons

    Keeping touch in technical areas where work isn't funded. Securing funding. Competitive business landscape (not so much a 'con' as a reality).

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good people, great benefits, challenging work (Crystal City Office, Arlington, VA)

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    Former Employee - Senior Communications Specialist  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Communications Specialist in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great benefits, cordial environment, a lot of internal and external training opportunities, ownership of one's job, convenient location, annual bonuses

    Cons

    MLK Holiday not recognized, not a lot of room for growth, job stability is always top of mind as contracts come and go due to funding issues with the clients

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Top heavy company that does not respect it's workers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pueblo, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits in regard to health and 401k. Compensation was fair for the industry.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement; employees became burned out due to poor work/personal life balance. Upper management is top heavy and constant restructuring was frustrating. Managers had questionable ethics and were constantly undermining employees for personal gain. Overall, it was a poor experience. Much prefer URS and Bechtel.

    Disapproves of CEO

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