Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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Battelle Memorial President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth
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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224 Employee Reviews

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  1. Having Trouble

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pueblo, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice people and a diverse workforce

    Cons

    Constant restructuring to attempt to remain profitable

    Advice to Management

    Hold your workforce accountable


  2. Helpful (1)

    Once great company...

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    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH

    I have been working 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

    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.


  3. Sr. Scientist

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Columbus, OH

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work culture. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Not many growth opportunities within the company.


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  5. Battelle Richland WA review

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and they still offer a pension.

    Cons

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Struggling

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.


  7. Previous employees review.

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    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Grove City, OH
    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Grove City, OH

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have a nice diversity and inclusion program.

    Cons

    It seems like they do a reduction in force at least every two years. The benefits package used to be very competitive, but due to recent changes it is just average to below average.

    Advice to Management

    Get up and wonder around. Setting in your office doesn't make you an effective manager.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Premier Research Institute

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason, OH

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Battelle scientists do a lot of contract research. Depending on the division, the work environment varies. Pension plan WAS good. Used to hire innovative minds. Good facilities and instruments for applied research were available.

    Cons

    Turning to be a typical project management company and deviating from Gordon Battelle's philosophy. A lot of qualified scientists and engineers are leaving or left. Project managers and departmental managers are engaged in politics than applied research. Fresh engineers like to join and wanted to be the project manager within a short period of time. Lacking diversity.

    Advice to Management

    it used to be research driven institute that was led by PhD level researchers. Reduce managers, bring back research environment.


  9. BATTELLE

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    Former Employee - COAST GUARD CBR SUPPORT in Portsmouth, VA
    Former Employee - COAST GUARD CBR SUPPORT in Portsmouth, VA

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very professional company. Greater leadership at all levels. Leadership is receptive to employee's input. Management genuinely cares about the personnel employed by Battelle. The company offers great health and dental benefits, in addition to significant pay.

    Cons

    Thoroughly enjoyed working with Battelle. I have no negative comments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Overworked but fairly paid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Always learning new things -Always working with new technology -Above average salary -Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    I loved working at Battelle... at first. It was challenging work, I was always learning something new, and there was always something to work on, so that was fun. Where it fell short was on management. I worked in a department that bid on contracts, and managers would consistently bid on too many contracts while underestimating the time it would take to complete them. It resulted in mandatory overtime for pretty much everyone in the department--60 hour work weeks were the norm. However, this mandatory overtime was posed as 'optional'. You didn't HAVE to do it... but if you wanted to avoid getting fired you did. And heaven forbid you want a promotion! You'd not only have to do the 60 hour work weeks, but extra ON TOP of that. They paid pretty well (actually, about 25% higher than the average in my location), so your extra time was accounted for in the salary. If you can handle long work weeks, this would be a great place to work. If you aren't prepared to pull 12 hour shifts regularly, run.

    Advice to Management

    "Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part." Say it. Now say it again. Now stop over-allocating resources you don't have.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Having trouble with change

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    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



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