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Updated November 13, 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Battelle full-time

    Pros

    Wide range of expertises within company

    Cons

    Not much to comment on

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Entry level software developer"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, with pretty good benefits and starting salary. Individual offices could be considered a pro, but to many developers it would be considered a con.

    Cons

    Major lack of mid and senior level developers. Most of the people they hire are VERY smart so you feel good working with your peers, but the pure lack of experience causes lots of bad practices and inefficiencies. The quality of product will most definitely go down over time due to this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more mid and senior level developers. You have so many smart people there and you need to realize that even though they are expensive they are worth it.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Principal Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement
    Management support
    Learning environment

    Cons

    Some bureaucratic procedures need improvement
    Salaries are less competitive than elsewhere


  4. "Demil"

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    Current Employee - Sample Technician in Pueblo, CO
    Current Employee - Sample Technician in Pueblo, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult for women to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Battelle Review"

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work that is being done is extremely interesting and engaging.

    Cons

    Some of the office space is pretty bleak looking. That being said, there are good areas and they are currently in the middle of renovating the grounds.


  6. "Finance Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Battelle as an intern

    Pros

    Great leadership team
    Relevant work
    Friendly culture

    Cons

    Government contracting
    STEM related field focus


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company takes care of employees

    Cons

    Re-orgs slow down project progress.

    Advice to Management

    Mgt should think about total impact to all

  8. "Corporate Information and Technology"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Battelle as an intern

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, and close to campus

    Cons

    Lots of politics and restrictions due to being a government contractor


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good place if you are looking to be challenged and step up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Battelle full-time

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work. Direct impact on clients. Good working relationships among staff. Lots of opportunities to be involved in multiple projects and keep advancing professionally. Lots of opportunities to be engaged and active with the company. Good opportunities to be entrepreneurial: learn many aspects of the business and play many roles.

    Cons

    Workload tends to be very high and can be wearing. Culture and experience vary significantly from group to group. Persistent disconnect between executive level efforts and the experience of most employees. Little opportunity for guidance around career development; everyone is on their own.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a focus on engaging managers. Ensure realistic expectations for projects and staff. Communicate a business strategy that employees can count on.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Passionate about their mission"

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    • Senior Management
    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 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.


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