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Battelle Reviews

Updated November 4, 2017
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  • Upper management puts up road blocks and company lacks transparency (in 25 reviews)

  • There are way too many layers of management and their only concern is to further their own careers not to look out for their direct reports (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work done here. Brilliant staff.

    Cons

    Upper management puts up road blocks and company lacks transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up outdated systems. Make a effort to increase transparency and increase staff morale


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Needs more support and oversight from HQ in Columbus, OH"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Reputable R&D company dating back to 1930's.

    Cons

    Not progressive or competitive with today's technology or office environments.

    Advice to Management

    You know.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "A great company with with an awesome mission and some seriously bad leadership"

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    Former Employee - Research Leader in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Research Leader in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Battelle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Battelle is a huge organization with an amazing mission and incredible capabilities.
    Great pay
    Brilliant coworkers
    International presence
    They do literally everything

    Cons

    Absolutely the wrong people in charge!!!
    Every time I tell someone who I work for, I have to explain the company. This is really sad for a multi-billion dollar company with a 90-year history.
    Poor communication with ZERO transparency!
    An underlying belief that “We’re Battelle, so we deserve it.” This makes losing work due to high costs so hard, because the leadership never expects it.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up! Your company is expensive, has no differentiators, and does not deserve anything. Tell your employees what you are doing. They’re smart people and they can help.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Dublin Office of Battelle"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about military contract work.

    Cons

    Watch out for the female "clique". Once you get misunderstood, you'll get gossiped to the point of harassment, and there is no way to save yourself except to leave. Higher turnover rate. The company keeps taking benefits back that were originally agreed to when you were hired. They eliminated paternity leave. They limited tuition reimbursement for MBA's only to their management staff. (Gee, how do you get into management without an MBA, to compete for a position in management against someone else who already has an MBA?). They changed from 1000 sick hours to 5 days [sick] PTO. They kept "taking back".

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff the benefit of the doubt if you're not going to talk to them and ask what's going on. Don't let yourself become manipulated by the opinions of your minions. Show your appreciation by taking the time to talk face to face with them on a one to one basis, as if it were a performance review. If your staff were like family members, how would you treat them?


  5. Helpful (2)

    "designer"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours. Adjusts to a changing life style situation

    Cons

    poor organization. lack of communication at all levels and across departments.
    increases not up to standard of living. performance reviews are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your working people and not your managers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great work, not so great environment"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Battelle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Battelle has its hands in a lot of exciting projects and opportunities to do interesting stuff were never hard to find.

    Cons

    Global conglomerate is too big for management to have any idea what's going on at the low levels. Lots of effort spent on big company-wide morale boosters without any apparent effort to figure out what the masses actually want.

    Advice to Management

    Try to empathize with the people in the cubicles, rather than patronizing them. Turnover might end up a lot lower.


  7. "Title was analyst, but more like researcher"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Battelle as a contractor

    Pros

    Wonderful environment
    Great supervisors
    Great autonomy
    Good pay

    Cons

    I couldn't get more than 7 hours a week on a consistent basis.
    As a contractor there is seemingly no hope of anyone of significance recognizing you.
    No benefits while a contractor

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to hire from contractor position.

  8. "Ops Specialist II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Battelle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits

    Cons

    The company is very personable


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Battelle Review"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and energetic colleagues that endure through team building and mentoring

    Cons

    Top heavy in senior management

    Advice to Management

    implement processes to improve morale and better communication with staff


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No Innovation"

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

    I worked at Battelle full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and good on the job training.

    Cons

    No telework. Lots of red tape.


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