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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 (6)

    "Implementing a New Strategy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    As a non-profit, Battelle has a vision and mission that separates it from a traditional for-profit entity. At the end of each year, profits are re-invested in facilities as well as distributed to charities, specifically STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The cause is noble and for the past several years, two of the 3 "legs" have been performing well. The division that oversees the national lab contracts remains profitable and well-run. The investment portion of the business has seen some recent improvements with a major course correction implemented in just the last few years. The contract research division has struggled the last several years.

    Within the last year, Battelle's contract research division underwent a major strategy overhaul which resulted in a focusing of resources. Many individuals were impacted and some have expressed concern that the cuts were too deep, but only time will tell if the "back to the roots" strategy will help right that part of the business.

    The people who work at Battelle are highly motivated and very attuned to government customers. Battelle has built a "machine" that can service government contracts very well.

    Some new leadership at the executive level has provided much-needed fresh perspective. Specifically, the CFO and the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications are strong additions.

    Cons

    The most dramatic impact of the recent strategy implementation has been the loss of a strong commercial team. Many of the people with the most commercial experience, including but not limited to those in senior roles, lost their jobs as part of the changes. There are some exceptions to this rule, but there appears to be a lack of commitment to grow the commercial business.

    As there is a strong focus on government business, many of the internal processes are geared toward government, not commercial clients. Admittedly, some very arcane processes were improved in the last few years, but opportunity remains for more improvement.

    At the most senior levels, CEO and President of the Contract Research business, there is an overdue need for change and inspiration. Generally speaking, most employees do not know why they should follow these leaders. From an employee's perspective, the Board of Directors is also weaker than it should be.


  2. "Research Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in West Jefferson, OH
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in West Jefferson, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Consistently challenging projects keep things interesting.

    A lot of brilliant people to learn from.

    Cons

    Inept management creates problems in both safety and business development.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs better oversight of off-site middle-lower management

  3. "Licensed Practical nurse"

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    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours and benefits overtime

    Cons

    Low pay nor room for advancement


  4. "Solving what matters most"

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

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

    Pros

    Battelle is an amazing place filled with top notch scientists and problem solvers from a myriad of disciplines. Working here gives the opportunity to solve problems that impact the real world and might not be solvable anywhere else.

    Cons

    Battelle does a significant amount of government contract work. This means demand for services from Battelle are significantly impacted by government budgets and focus. In addition, the business practices and processes are very different from those at a primarily commercial firm.

    Advice to Management

    The management team at Battelle should continue to work towards making Battelle more customer focused and efficient.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Battelle is so top-heavy they are about to topple."

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    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Pueblo, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some very talented and motivated people at the local level. It's great to work with peers who inspire you to improve.

    Cons

    Battelle is clearly in financial trouble. But rather than trimming the fat at the top, they prefer to reduce and deny benefits for front line employees. Every year brings cuts to the point that salary and benefits are nowhere near competitive. It makes it worse when managers won't be candid about the situation. Getting graduate tuition assistance approved only to have support redacted after one semester is pretty shameful.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be treated as the primary resource that they are not "just another requisition number" (that's a real quote from my manager!) if that means getting out of government contracting to avoid that mindset so be it. Get back to doing real science. Cut the big salaries at the top and give employees decent compensation.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Animal Care Tech"

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. and the youg workers I worked with are very kind to each other.

    Cons

    They only seem to hire young. The layoff the older staff. I was told by my supervisor that I was only hired because they thought that my being older would claim the younger staff down some. I was the only worker in the group that was older than 40. And when I hurt my wrist the supervisor then told me that they would have to lay me off and they did. Management needs to wake up and pay attention.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and pay more attention to what your workers need and stop the Age Discrimination .


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Battelle"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work smart staff. Good worthwhile and motivating projects.

    Cons

    Having trouble finding focus in a changing world. Has lost some of its commitment to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Think less about the short term and invest in your human capital for the Long term.

  8. "Best for those who solve and evolve"

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    Current Employee - Senior Res Sci in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Res Sci in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on tough challenges with some brilliant peers. Drive to stay sharp technically. Finally diversifying. Lots of internal research grants for people with defensible value propositions. Dim prospects for those who choose to complain about, and wait for, management to illuminate their daily paths.

    Cons

    $3B+ in revenue begets bureaucracy even after streamlining. Serving govt constrains riskier ventures. Arrogant confidence is our greatest strength and weakness.

    Advice to Management

    Emphasize more group learning sessions in addition to Battelle University soloist offers. Shift recruiting and development away from heavy reliance on converting technical experts into resource managers and marketers. Keep diversifying staff and locations.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing Company with No Strategy"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people; fascinating work; active in the community; great employee resource groups; lots of opportunities to get involved with philanthropic endeavors.

    Cons

    Benefits are marginal; top of the house (ALL white, middle aged, Christian, straight men) didn't communicate a strategy; poor balance between work /life (the former always takes priority); very little diversity in management ranks; very poorly executed voluntary retirement and separation programs executed with NO HEAD OF HR. Who does that??

    Advice to Management

    Jeff Wadsworth needs to move on and allow a business person (like Dave Evans) take the helm, then communicate a vision and strategy that people can get behind. And people are your biggest asset - treat them like that's the case.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Hope is alive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hampton, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Great pay
    Great benefits
    Great opportunity for advancement if you have supportive management chain
    Great place to advance if you take control of your career and use the many tools Battelle offers to succeed
    Flexible work arrangements dependent on position and management support.

    Cons

    Morale is currently low due to reorganizations, voluntary retirement and voluntary severance, removal of pension program, and closure of regional offices as resultant of both downturn/decrease in DOD budgets and Battelles attempt at leaning out the organization to continue to be a profitable organization and stabilize its finances for future expansion and growth. Few women in leadership roles in male-dominated post military career culture.

    Advice to Management

    Start operating like a business. Stop putting unqualified people in executive leadership positions. Ask employees for their feedback. Take a hard analytical look at your talent and work harder to find internal adjacencies and opportunities to best utilize that talent; whether for contract support or internal support services. Take your diversity affinity groups seriously and work with them to impact real change, especially the gender and generational groups. Take a look at pay equality throughout. Really start looking forward at who will lead your organization into the next 87 years.


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