Battelle Memorial

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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
193 Reviews
3.1
193 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

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    • 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.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    Stable or not stable

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

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    The overall environment, the people, the benefits

    Cons

    Hire and fire. Walking on eggshells. Pay raises are bad.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I was hired as a telephone interviewer for Battelle Memorial Institute.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Training was well-conceived. There were some employees who were very conscientious about their work and others who were a pleasure to interact with on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Unbelievable gossip and culture of backstabbing. Management couldn't be bothered to fix problems. No sense of authority. Supervisors were happy to be available if one of the staff brought in cookies but were hard to find in the event that they were needed to address an immediate problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example-- as a member of management, nothing is beneath you and it is inappropriate to hide behind excuses. If your employees aren't doing their jobs, it is your duty to help them fix the problem or help them to the door. Otherwise, you create an environment that scares good employees away and attracts low-quality workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Almost 5 years at Anniston AL Army Depot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Decent benefits, salary, and bonus

    Cons

    Too much bias by local management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open eyes to what is going on at locations.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    All around stable & solid employer, but a little low on the 'excitement' factor

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

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

    Pros

    -Stable & consistent research organization in the face of dwindling funding
    -Amazing team approach and affable coworkers in my unit (health)
    -Best supervisor and professional mentorship in my career to this day
    -Interesting work opportunities on high level government projects

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy inline with a large organization and government contractors. Takes a lot of steps and approvals to accomplish small tasks.
    -Lack of choice of exciting, innovative projects - just have to do whatever work is available.
    -Not cutting edge with benefits and perks a la SAS, Google, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create stronger, more competitive benefit packages for women in science.
    Identify and cultivate employee strengths/potential more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to work,

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good facilities, and decent benefits

    Cons

    little recognition for average worker, multi-layered heavy style management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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