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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Lack of upper management communication (in 24 reviews)

  • Top heavy; high overheads; lacking overall vision despite some excellent groups upon which to build (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Worst company ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst and Data Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst and Data Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some good people here. Management trying to control costs and upgrade research facilities.

    Cons

    Management does not know how to manage resources at all. They manage through fear. I was there 2.5 years and was laid off. A few months later I was contacted by another department begging me to come back with the promise the role and department they wanted me for would be safe. Three months into the return the manager was let go and over the next 2 years the department was cut from 10 to 5 people with the same amount of work. I was also let go again with the excuse of not enough work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of letting go of everyone actually doing the work to cut costs they need to take a long hard look at the excessive layers of management. Promote people based on actual business need and abilities instead of based on maxing out within their pay grade. Management is also VERY biased base on gender and sexual orientation. If you're a straight white male, stay away management doesn't want you around.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very talented, smart, and intelligent people at staff level (equally untalented and unknowledgeable people at management levels)
    - Interesting and challenging projects
    - Good name recognition in the industry
    - Typical large organization resources and benefits

    Cons

    - Incompetent management at line, unit, and leadership levels
    - Due to lack of management training, the line managers and senior leadership do not understand the value of talent retention, professional development of staff, and collaborative decision-making efforts for the direction of the business lines
    - Solution-oriented management approach (versus need-based approach) undervalues staff talent, which translates to missed opportunities for the long run
    - No mentorship or guidance for junior and mid-level staff (mostly due to lack of professional (sometimes personal) "maturity" level required in senior staff to lead/guide junior and mid-level staff)
    - Project win and success is staff driven with minimal resources and/or very poor resource allocation practices
    - Minimal to none core competency at the organizational level and the existing or built-up capability diminishes when staff retires/leaves
    - Minimal to none acknowledgment for professional achievements (certifications, publications, awards, etc.)
    - If one is writing about a business case about "flirting with failure due to in-adaptability to the ever-changing world," Battelle is a good case study for "1970s technocracy at its best"

    Advice to Management

    Try to build a core management team from within before hiring outsiders who have no understanding of the business lines that they are hired to run and no embedded commitment to Battelle. Be a part of that core team instead of watching the disasters unfolding in front of your eyes and not taking notes for "lessons learned." If you can't do any of that, consider retiring or leaving before you damage the reputation of a good non-profit organization.

    There is really good talent within the organization. It is disappointing to see the competitors snatching the talent away from Battelle's toxic environment due to inefficient and incompetent management.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Going down hill fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not too many. All is about the bottom line.

    Cons

    Benefits going down hill fast. False sense of being innovative. Lack of business acumen at the highest levels. Doesn't know what it wants to be. Reputation is going down hill fast

    Advice to Management

    I think the board needs to open it's eyes up to the damage being done by the current leadership.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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!


  5. "Contract Engineer at the TSL location in New Jersey"

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    Current Contractor - Engineer
    Current Contractor - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work requires minimal effort, lots of downtime, if that's what your into.

    Cons

    You don't do any actual engineering. This isn't a job.
    Communication is generally terrible on all fronts.

    Advice to Management

    Gain some sense of time management, and how much effort certain tasks take.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Government Contractor"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Battelle Memorial (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I can only speak for the contracting side of Battelle. It's a good, stable job for a technician who wants to put in their 8.5 hours a day and go home. Management had little to no idea what their workers did for the contract and very limited contact with that staff. Decisions based on work performance were made entirely on the client's review, which could be good or bad depending on your on-site supervisor.

    Cons

    Workers who achieve more than required or take on extra responsibility are not compensated in any way and there is no room for professional growth. You will never get a promotion/raise because you can never exceed your base job description of "pleasing the client." Communication between the client and Battelle management is poor, meaning that each side blames the other, nothing is resolved, and the employee suffers.

    This is a corporate machine that exemplifies the worst of big companies. If you want to be respected as a human being and an adult, I suggest you look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to your employees. If there is no room for job growth, don't make it a selling point during interviews. Contractors are aware they are subject to the whims of government budgets; do not pretend that everything is fine if it is not. People deserve the truth so that they can make informed decisions for their lives.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Poor experience"

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

    Pros

    Experience being a gov't contractor

    Cons

    The work environment is not beneficial for growth. Politics and untrustworthy supervisors will keep you from growth. I would advise to get the experience and get out ASAP!

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    ability to work from home during family emergencies, management is pretty hands off and not a lot of micro-managing, gym and cafeteria onsite, emergency daycare benefits,

    Cons

    shinking ship--upper management has implemented a lot of cost savings measures that have severely impacted employee morale. Lots of layoff and "voluntary" separations. Very cut throat culture. People rise to the top by throwing others under the bus, not a team culture. Performance reviews are a set up for failure; contract research is cyclical--you may be busy one month, and not so busy another month, in spite of this there is poor labor forecasting and some staff stay consistently overloaded with work, others without. If you're low on work, you must make strategic alliances with your team to secure new work--just a really tiring process.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Rock Bottom"

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

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

    Pros

    Just as many others have said, the technical staff that keep the lights on are still a lot of good people, many have departed.

    Cons

    As others have said, this is a top heavy organization with far to many layers of inept management. Don't be fooled by the non profit status, current management pushed away from the goal of solving complex problems for the good our country to squeezing clients for every dime they can. I've never witnessed so many overrun or failed programs except for this newly managed "CEO Wadsworth" era. Internally, the goal of management is to do whatever it takes to achieve the incentive based bonus, even at the cost of the company as a whole. The live for the day mentality leaves much in disarray as many staff are pushed to there limits due to the lack of qualified staff remaining to complete tasks.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Purchasing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Largest R&D non-profit in the world! Who makes remarkable products that protect and save lives, including our troops. It felt great to contribute to something that helped others. Also, being a non-profit they supported many charities.

    Cons

    Same old white make leadership making poor decisions one after another. They need to clean from the top down. Instead, many have lost their jobs and this once amazing company is still losing. As baby boomers retire, creating a bidding war for best performers, more and more talent will leave. Hope they get it together!

    Advice to Management

    Go to the top 10 companies in the world and learn what works and what doesn't. Ask Google for a tour and wisdom. Wish you all the best.


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