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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  • Lack of upper management communication (in 24 reviews)

  • Private and non profit means internal funds are always tight (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "View from the bottom"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, rare to see anywhere else
    Fun, on-site events like a summer's farmer's market at the main office

    Cons

    Disjointed information from upper management


  2. "No Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and good on the job training.

    Cons

    No telework. Lots of red tape.


  3. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, knowledgeable coworkers who were always happy to help me.

    Cons

    Some of the systems in place are a bit archaic.


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  5. "Great company related to their mission of translating scientific and technology advances into societal benefits."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being part of their mission. Good benefits and work life balance. Working with incredibly talented employees. The company has much potential.

    Cons

    Because most of their work supports the government, it feels very restrictive. The company recognizes the need to change, but is struggling to figure out how. Senior management needs to open up more or initiate some healthy turnover. HR needs a tested and proven leader who can drive change through thought leadership and depth of experience in all areas of HR.

    Advice to Management

    Look at individual composition of the leadership team in a constructive but critical way. Identify change levers, create a plan and stay the course.


  6. "Software Developer / Data Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is what you make it.
    You can make your life and work really what you want it to be at Battelle. Lots of different projects, clients, and possibilities.

    Cons

    Work is what you make it.
    It takes an extra effort to self-drive your career here. They are not invested in laying out specific paths for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Relate the awesome work we do to those that make it happen behind the scenes. Make it more real to all of us.


  7. "Run"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None any more, the culture is changing drastically.

    Cons

    Unless you are upper management, don't even think about applying!


  8. "Amazing people doing amazing things"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant staff and friendly, cooperative culture

    Cons

    Frequent turnover and reorganization - though it impacts management roles more than science/engineering


  9. "Great company; IT mismanaged"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked in several different groups within and outside of IT group. The groups outside of IT are second to none and are world-class in my experience. IT group is probably at a maturity level 2-3 with many quality technical people.

    Cons

    Management within IT group was lacking leadership and vision, creating sometimes hostile work environments. Communication was pretty bad and usually wouldn't listen to numerous subject matter experts.

    Advice to Management

    Invest heavily in training your managers to become leaders. In addition, hire great leaders and people that can inspire staff to follow them.


  10. "Great Company!"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work for and great coworkers, Salary, Incentives for doing a great job, Working with Extremely intelligent and experienced people

    Cons

    The work schedule- it was a modified DuPont which had pros and cons, and eventually would turn into the actual DuPont schedule which was 12 hr shifts and flip flops days and nights during the week. Hard to work with children and no family around! The benefits were pretty pricey also!

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but regressing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    A private non-profit entity with outstanding benefits. They donate all profit to charity.
    Management, for the most part, stayed out of the way so you can focus on getting the job done.

    Cons

    Current management running the company like a public one by cutting/reducing benefits in order to bring them back to the standard corporate pack of squeezing more out of their staff.
    Can be a contractor meat shop (i.e. hire you to support an on-site contract then discard you if/when they loose the re-compete.)



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