Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated June 19, 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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215 Employee Reviews

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Having trouble with change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

    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

    Great history; some really smart scientists; if you can handle finding projects on your own, you are golden; great opportunities, if you can handle the process to enable them

    Cons

    Management is focused on short-time frames and don't have patience beyond a six-month window; with the contraction in government spending, things have been difficult; management doesn't realize that small projects lead to big projects, and stay focused only on "big" wins; benefits are being reduced year after year

    Advice to Management

    Mentoring; succession planning; long-range vision. These are all currently missing. HR department believes that employees are "fungible"--the farthest from the truth, in that every employee who leaves takes away a large part of what clients look to Battelle for, and new employees take a long time to gain that experience and knowledge


  2. Corporately Solid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The corporate offices are staffed by a truly professional group. If you need help from Columbus, they are there for you.

    Cons

    On site management is hit or miss. I have met outstanding managers and others that were unprofessional, untrained, and disinterested in employees or their lives or issues.

    Advice to Management

    Only hire quality managers at the lowest levels or train them. HR at the lowest levels was non-existent at our site. No opportunity for advancement potential.


  3. Great company with pension still intact

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Epidemiologist in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I work at a government location as a Battelle contractor. Battelle is considered one of the best contracting company around. They value their employees and show it with a pension that is still intact decades after similar companies have phased theirs out. They negotiate great salaries for their employees and really went to bat for us when the government shut down last year. We were one of the only contracting companies that continued to pay employees during shut down.

    Cons

    Second-class citizen when viewed against government employees (FTEs).


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  5. excellent employer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent employee. Great Benefits. Good opportunity for project variety. Skilled technical people

    Cons

    Difficult to move to different geographic locations within the organization


  6. Principal consultant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

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

    Pros

    great work environment and recognition for hard work

    Cons

    lack of mobility within the company


  7. Battelle chemistry

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great minds, cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Some micro managing; cubicles;


  8. Demi Tech III

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Demi Tech III in Pueblo, CO
    Former Employee - Demi Tech III in Pueblo, CO

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Employee development, benefits, competitive pay rates.

    Cons

    Supervisors and managers seem less qualified for their position then the employees beneath them.

    Advice to Management

    Look to promote inside company instead of hiring someone new because of education level. Work experience trumps a degree in terms of daily operations and supervisor competency.


  9. research associate

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    Former Employee - Researociate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Researociate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Battelle Memorial

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

    Pros

    Benefits, collegiality. Flexible. Hours, good amenities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy infighting difficult to propose to private sector


  10. Helpful (2)

    Someday it will get better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Battelle does amazing and brilliant scientific work.

    Cons

    It's become more about who you know rather than what you know. Work life balance has gotten worse. Very little opportunity for middle level staff to move around.

    Advice to Management

    Find good leaders


  11. Helpful (2)

    Protection Operations Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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