Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated March 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. Specialist

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

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Responsibility and lack of micromanagement.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay if that's all you want. Absolutely no job satisfaction. Mediocre benefits.

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    Current Employee - Demil Tech in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Demil Tech in Pueblo, CO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Pay is good since there is built in overtime to the work schedule.

    Cons

    There are no raises the first year. It's a pro-rated set amount.
    Management only recognizes skill sets to use them, not reward them.
    Only 80 hours PTO a year. That's sick and vacation combined.
    Everyday is like groundhogs day. Undo what you did yesterday and redo it.
    No space to work, not enough computers, no place to take breaks.
    Very limited opportunities for promotion or lateral transfers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize you have talented and skilled employees before they all leave.
    Take good advice when it's presented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. People company (Old School)

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    The company is well known and has a large foot print in the contracting word. This allows for more direction for its growth and for its staff.

    Cons

    The shrinking number of new contracts may be a down hill slide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From a boots on the ground perspective, it may be out growing itself and not being intouch with the changing world. Meaning with the new directions of shorter contracts and 8a firms the company still relies on large and long term contracts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the Battelle it was before

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. They do what they do because that's what they've been doing and clients with hire them to burn budgets.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Some diversity in project work. Some, but very few opportunities for leading projects - there are mostly cons. not sure if this is a pro or con but anyway, clients let you do whatever you want - they are NEVER engaged in what they hire you to do - Battelle doesn't deal with this well.

    Cons

    They are way behind in their capabilities and the "company" (i.e., mgnt) has no interest in catching up. There is no support in anyway for conference travel, writing proposals (you are required to write proposals on your own-time), maintaining a professional network, publishing... list goes on. There is literally no goal to improve research capabilities and there is no way to get equipment to do project work unless you buy it with your own salary. Staff are "encouraged" (i.e., forced) to use their vacation hours to complete poorly managed and underfunded project work. Many project managers require their staff to user their own money to support project costs (e.g., travel, project supplies, ...even equipment!!!!). Line manager literally doesn't know the names of his staff or their job categories. Quality control creates lots of awkward red-tape. Imagine all documents going through multiple reviews before leaving to your clients, including emails and meeting agendas. Each review costs your project money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better in general. Prepare for the day when all your staff leave. TALK TO YOUR STAFF!!!! They are there to support you, TALK TO THEM!!!! Pay attention when your staff leave (like, learn why they left).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Principal Research Scientist

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial

    Pros

    Quality of Life, work life balance

    Cons

    Hostile competitive environment do to lack of work and funding for any work they actually have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Was good, going downhill fast

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    I used to love my job. Interesting projects depending on the group you are in, talented people around every corner. Vast amounts of brick, mortar, equipment, resources and history. Some opportunity to learn from people with incredible specialized skills. Battelle promotes community charity work.

    Cons

    Costs are too high for the industry, support staff heavy. Management lost sight of what drives commercial industry, wants back in, but culture is incompatible. Risk-averse environment hostile to new thinking. Clicks, much like high school, nearly everyone is born and raised in Ohio (to the non-Ohio born, you will be labeled a non-team player) Best to kiss up to project managers, assignments are based on favoritism and seniority, not skill. Technology updates are badly needed in some areas, beyond stagnation, to the point of loosing important capabilities. Buildings regularly being torn down. Pension plan was dropped for younger employees, kept for the older employees creating a caste system of sorts. Health plan was great, now mediocre and going away by 2017 to HSA only. Client work is coveted, non-client or internal customer work will backwater your career, and put you first-in-line for forced PTO (or worse) when sequester or cyclical hard times call. Cafeteria costs are high. Layoffs are now a common weekly occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study up on the the plight of other “have been” technology giants that lost footing, this place is following. Upper management needs more visibility past middle management, most are just trying to make it to retirement without rocking the boat. Red tape is to the point where employees can not get their jobs done on time. Genuine innovation typically is done on your own time and is met with hostility, amusement, or outright theft by senior people with more connections to put forward a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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