Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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Pros
  • It has very good benefits plus there is a pension program in addition to a fantastic 401(K) plan with Vanguard (in 13 reviews)

  • Decent pay and terrific work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Excessive layers of management at Battelle (in 6 reviews)

  • The company is hugely upper-management overweight (in 10 reviews)

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231 Employee Reviews

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  1. On the right track! Finally!

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    Current Employee - Señor Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Señor Research Scientist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and proven client value. Will never have a government breach of the FAR, ethics either perception or reality as most of our competitors have, Vattelle errs on the conservative side. Is a Charitable Trust. By law some of or profits must be given back to the communities where we work. In the midst of moving to a business model cutting costs and implementing systems and procedures to generate profits. This is a pro but should have taken place decades ago. Glad it's happening now. Takes care of employees, right sizing now and early outs with good benefits offered. Best CEO we have had in ten years. Communicates with staff and stands by his word.

    Cons

    Same difficulties and challenges as every single government contractor has, except perhaps those few winners dedicated 100% to only medical and healthcare IT. Again, in the midst of change, but it's for a reason: become more profitable, have more cash to give back and invest in R&D, and solve clients' most difficult problems. Lack of project time for many staff during this end of FY.

    Advice to Management

    Meet your staff and partner with them even if you don't have answers to their lack of project time right now. Work together with staff to help address their desires, and Battelle expectations.


  2. Sr hvac Maintenance mechanic

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    Current Employee - Senior HVAC Maintenance Mechanic in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior HVAC Maintenance Mechanic in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    people are great, along with job duties.

    Cons

    upper management seem like they don't value great employees, along with being secretive on the direction the company is going.

    Advice to Management

    be truthful and up front with employees instead of being vague and veiled in regards to company direction


  3. A company in transition

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    Current Employee - DEPUTY DIRECTOR of BATTELLE in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - DEPUTY DIRECTOR of BATTELLE in Columbus, OH
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Battelle does very interesting and engaging work, provides subject matter expertise to solve real-world problems.

    Cons

    Old school management approach and structure, has not adapted well to a changing market.


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  5. Battelle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Management support for furthering education and professional certifications. Degrees and certifications are highly valued.

    Cons

    Sometimes they prefer to hire at a higher salary than promote from the inside.


  6. Position not titled correctly

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and had the oppurtunity to lean a lot of interesting information.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth


  7. Having Trouble

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and a diverse workforce

    Cons

    Constant restructuring to attempt to remain profitable

    Advice to Management

    Hold your workforce accountable


  8. Helpful (2)

    Once great company...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, work life balance, fitness center. Excellent technical staff. Interesting research and development projects. Excellent legacy as an independent, not-for-profit contract R&D firm.

    Cons

    Benefits are declining rapidly, management is top-heavy, focus shifting from small research-oriented projects to larger service contracts and product development. Less focus on science and more on increasing revenue. Stovepiped business structure increasingly limits interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what made the company great. Empower your technical leaders to win and execute interesting science and engineering projects.


  9. Sr. Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work culture. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities within the company.


  10. Battelle Richland WA review

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and they still offer a pension.

    Cons

    It is still a good ol' boys club in many respects.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Struggling

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work. Talented staff.

    Cons

    Struggling as a business and as a result the atmosphere is poor. Currently downsizing. Technical staff are generally isolated from their peers external to the company. Internal research and development, as well as marketing dollars have dried up.

    Advice to Management

    Your product is the technical staff particularly the technology leaders. Until the focus is placed on building the talent base (not only on improving business processes), financial success will not be attained.



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