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Battelle Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2019

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Battelle CEO Lou Von Thaer
Lou Von Thaer
66 Ratings
Pros
  • "I feel supported in my work-life balance(in 28 reviews)

  • "Good benefits: good insurance, 401 was really good, they even have lactation room fir new moms(in 24 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Great company in transition"

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

    I have been working at Battelle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The mission of science for the betterment of mankind and the people who are drawn to Battelle because of it are the best things. I want to go to work because of the interesting things I get to do.

    Cons

    The company is going through changes with the new leadership team. It's a good path but getting there is stressful at times particularly because of the uncertainty that comes with so much change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the open communication. Work on getting rid of the perception that one mistake can get someone fired.

    Battelle2019-03-24
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, innovative work, great mission

    Cons

    Bureaucracies abound, complicated processes, slow pace

    Battelle2018-03-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good, getting better"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in West Jefferson, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -New Management is in place and it seems there is a an actual shift in caring about employees -Every other Friday off (with 9 hours worked on other days) -Fairly good work/life balance

    Cons

    -insurance has declined in coverage and gone up in premiums -culture is low, hopefully changing with new management -current managers have too many direct reports

    Battelle2019-06-17
  4. "The truth"

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

    I have been working at Battelle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement withing IT and there are many intelligent individuals, some decent managers, nice Cafe and their managers are very friendly, some decent benefits, GREAT PAY, great company to have on a resume, plenty of snacks to eat during your shift, many different resource groups to get involved with, caring company overall

    Cons

    Let me share the truth here because this company receives a lot of negative reviews. Parking-There are many lots, but the parking lot needs to be paved! Security-They are OK. However, they do make small mistakes when it comes to configuring employees badges and account information. -THEY DO CARE ABOUT THE CULTURE. I do not know many companies that will create programs and trainings that will help improve moral....

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    Advice to Management

    Keep working on changing our culture and get rid of all those negative, miserable, jealous problem childs!

    Battelle2019-06-19
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Communication From management down"

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    Current Employee - Demill Tech III(Monitoring Tech III) in Pueblo, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, Some good people

    Cons

    Lack of communication Leadership skills are sub par Knowledge of company workings is lacking Company doesn't realize a lot of their workforce is not located in Columbus Ohio Makes and enforces changes out of the blue

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the lowest man receive that feedback try to incorporate it Acknowledge your workforce before implementing change Take the time to listen

    Battelle2019-06-06
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Discrimination and workplace bullying are rampant"

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

    I worked at Battelle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good parking spots available because they have gotten rid of so many people.

    Cons

    Manager blatantly discriminated against team members who were not up to his ethical and moral code. Think evangelical Baptist. Made the comment that he wished he could ask people about their Christianity in an interview so that he could only hire devout Christians. And then proceeded to bully those he did not consider Christian enough by intentionally leaving them off meetings, emails, invites for lunches and other...

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    Advice to Management

    Go out of business and set the poor people who are still stuck working there free!

    Battelle2019-06-10
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Putting the CULT in culture!"

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

    I worked at Battelle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Battelle used to be great. It isn't anymore. But, there are still some things to brag about, from our history. Also, the research staff, library, CIT, and proposal center are amazing (HR, business development, senior management, and certain areas are bad). There are some great lower level managers. The cafeteria is pretty decent. The pay can be good. With so many people leaving, there are now more career opportunities...

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    Cons

    I will give one example of how dysfunctional the company has become under the current management. The entire company is required to endure a two day culture exercise. It is a TREMENDOUS investment. 1000+ people charging 18 hours that could be charged to projects, plus the program provides breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even alcoholic drinks on the first day. The event was originally held offsite until it finally occurred...

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    Advice to Management

    You guys are running a complete circus. The previous management might have not made great financial decisions but they exhibited basic professionalism. Some of the things you are doing are just embarrassing. I can think of so many things on which culture orientation money could be better spent. The whole thing is so irresponsible, but sadly, it is indicative of a bigger problem. You are a lost of bluster, and not a lot...

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    Battelle2019-06-09
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great people"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Battelle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I worked at Battelle for decades and honestly loved the various jobs I had there. The people there are very smart and caring. Battelle does amazing work that benefits humanity and I was proud to be a part of that. They have several employee resource groups and have a lot of events to help staff stay connected.

    Cons

    There are very frequent reorganizations and that causes some angst among employees. There have also cut back on benefits over the years, which I think is a sign of the times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees so you can better retain staff.

    Battelle2019-04-30
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Micromanagement. Hemorrhaging talent. Toxic culture."

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    Former Employee - Cyber Software Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Battelle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked at Battelle for 3 years and it’s been a rough ride. I joined a year before the “big flush” of early 2018 when about 500 staff were exited or left on their own. Leadership was steady and strong, with a strong positive direction. Then in March 2018, recently hired leadership from defense contractors in DC said the company doesn’t know what it should be focused on and decimated the staff. A year after that and...

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    Cons

    It’s not beneficial to me to detail the nonsense happening at Battelle, and their leadership is too busy micromanaging or sucking up to stay alive to care.

    Advice to Management

    Wow, you guys are the worst! Life is too short!

    Battelle2019-06-02
  10. Helpful (3)

    "They've lost their way"

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

    I worked at Battelle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Over decades, Battelle earned a solid reputation for providing thoughtful and creative problem solving to the most challenging problems of national significance. They attracted and retained fantastic employees across many different scientific domain areas, and the cross-disciplinary problem solving capabilities were (at one time) world class.

    Cons

    Recent changes to leadership have led to Battelle losing sight of its mission, and its value proposition. They value the bottom line financials above their loyal and talented employees - and many of the best/brightest scientific and people leaders have either left voluntarily, or have had their positions eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Read Battelle's Mission Statement and treat your employees better. The talent, creativity and dedication of their employees is what made Battelle a special place to work, and a safe place for clients to search for solutions. If you don't treat your employees better - you will lose all that the prior generations worked so hard to achieve.

    Battelle2019-04-18
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