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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. "Passionate about their mission"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Battelle truly stands for their mission to improve the lives of people that live in the community through scientific advancement. There are a lot is smart people walking the halls and you learn something literally every day.

    Cons

    Typical corporate management. Very little accountability resetting on the shoulders of middle management in particular. On average 5 to 10 years it feels like behind the curve on standard efficiency practices for businesses.

    Advice to Management

    Train and hold your managers accountable. There are some bright young people working there and they're frustrated with their management. Find a way to get those voices heard.


  2. "management"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Battellle has some of the best R&D staff in the world. When all of the parts of Battelle are hitting on all cylinders, it is an amazing place. Great challenges, smart people, the right tools, real purpose.

    Cons

    Battelle can be bureaucratic and there are content time work pressures. When the managers are good, they see the big picture and advocate beyond the short-term.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the big picture. Make decisions with the long term in mind.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "An Amazing Organization, with Too Much Reorganization"

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

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

    Pros

    Battelle continues to be on the cutting edge of research and development, and the opportunity to contribute to that work is incredibly satisfying.

    Cons

    As the work changes, departments realign, so there is a constant need for reorganization. Depending on your field of expertise, you may find yourself either in another department or no longer working for the organization.


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    "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


  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. Helpful (2)

    "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.)


  8. "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


  9. "Good place to work - provided you can maintain clients"

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    Former Employee - Protection Operations Specialist IV in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Protection Operations Specialist IV in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Good people, good work, prestigious company

    Cons

    Business development was weak, lost numerous lines of work and suffered tremendous attrition via RIFs circa 2014-2015

    Advice to Management

    More emphasis on business development strategies targeting Federal government


  10. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Transportation Engineer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Good pay, culture, colleagues, opportunities to learn and great projects to work on

    Cons

    Not enough projects to work on


  11. "Research Scientist/ Lab Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is great for the area, great management, great coworkers, great 401k plan

    Cons

    DuPont shift work, health insurance options are very costly or cover nothing

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job overall. If there was a way you could change the rotating shift so that you didn't flip from day to night as frequently that would be a huge improvement.


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