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Battelle Memorial Reviews

Updated July 14, 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)

    "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!


  2. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Program Administrator in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule including limited evening weekend hours and telework options. Pension plan, great training and education, tuition reimbursement, Positive working environment,

    Cons

    If position requires a security clearance, it will probably take 18-24 months. Therefore you may not be actually doing the job you were hired to so for a while.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Consolidating"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Vice President in Washington, DC
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Best for scientists with PhDs located in Columbus Ohio. Strong tradition of applied R&D. High scientific integrity.

    Cons

    Battelle is consolidating, and is no longer pursuing most contract work based outside of Columbus OH. Many staff in Wash DC Metro area have been let go.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what you want to be -- contract research only? Defense contractor? Battelle Memorial Institute? Figure it out, stick with it, and quit reorganizing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Battelle used to be an awesome place to work."

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    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Research Leader in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many, many really smart people. Wide variety of work. Interesting problems to solve for interesting clients, both government and commercial.

    Cons

    Management that doesn't know what they what Battelle to do in the market. Battelle's rates are too expensive, so they cut hours and ask staff to make up the difference on their own time.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused.


  5. "Research powerhouse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Battelle attracts a talented group of researchers, and tackles a wide range of complex problems

    Cons

    Culture can be rigid and academic


  6. "Battelle, The Business of Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good hard working technical people. Interesting diverse projects. Battelle is a very ethical company. Focus is on government contract research with an effort to move towards commercial projects.

    Cons

    Benefits are being reduced to keep more in line with industry norms. Can be challenging at times. Current focus on downsizing and reducing the number of diverse projects.

    Advice to Management

    Provide clear direction to staff. Complete any realignments and focus on a strategic plan. Focus on realistic goals. integrate senior technical staff into decision making process.


  7. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    The whole team is friendly and caring.

    Cons

    They are not too experienced yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep striving.

  8. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time

    Pros

    Great job, great people, great city

    Cons

    No cons, work hard and you will do well


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not good - company used to be MUCH better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not too many pros I can mention

    Cons

    No competitive salaries, no profit bonuses, no performance increases. Everyone just gets the usual 3%

    Advice to Management

    None - sinking ship


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - great co-workers
    - diverse knowledge population
    - perfect for starting job where you are looking to learn a multiple tasks
    - flexible schedules as a part-time employee

    Cons

    - Company is very top heavy
    - At times, new employees risk being expendable dependent on contracts
    - Vertical transitioning is difficult
    - Upper management tends to not listen to the techs

    Advice to Management

    Please take the advise of your lower level members. While at times it's hard for them to see the larger picture; many of them are very intuitive and have some great ideas. All the company needs is for someone to give their ideas a chance.


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