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Helpful (4)

If you enjoy stress, politics, remaining stagnate, and the fear of being laid-off, Battelle is the place for you!

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Former Employee - Technician in Columbus, OH
Former Employee - Technician in Columbus, OH

I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time (more than a year)

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

Pros

-Flexibility in work schedule.
-Salary.
-Excluding senior management, a very talented group of people to work alongside.

Cons

-Way, way, way too top heavy.
-Constant, unnecessary stress of looming reductions in staff as a result of very poor management skills.
-Little room for advancement.
-Poor opportunities for training.
-Extremely and overly bureaucratic, so much so, to the point of intefering with actual work.

Advice to Management

Start investing in the happiness of your employees, regard their suggestions, and value the exceptional talent they bring to the table. Recreate an environment that people actually want to work in. Greatly reduce all of the bureaucratic hoops because it only interferes with productivity.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great people, heavy bureaucracy.

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

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

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working around some of the brightest people in the world and working on projects of national importance. The technology, science, and exposure to real world problems is first rate.

    Cons

    Big fish in a small pond - there's nowhere else really to job shop against, and they know this. Salaries are pretty good once you get a few bumps, but people work here for decades, so promotions are slow. Layers of bureaucracy drag some people down.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to mitigate the "old boys network" that drives everything at the ALD and Division level and your employees will be much more productive and profitable.

  2. Helpful (3)

    It's a good place to be from... Better if you're technical...

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    * still has a pension and 401K (pension doesn't matter much anymore to younger staff)
    * on-site gym
    * great opportunities for tech staff to work on a variety of impactful projects

    Cons

    * support staff are significantly undervalued
    * a chosen few advance by stepping on others and getting rid of them when they get in the way
    * much better for technical staff than support
    * largely putting all of their eggs in the government basket foretells a crash and burn if/when fiscal cliff happens
    * used to be a good place to work - now it's a good place to be from

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to be cost-competitive w/ other companies - focus on increasing commercial business (or does Battelle really just want to be known for managing labs)

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