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"Great people, heavy bureaucracy."

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Former Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
Former Employee - Scientist III in Richland, WA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

I really enjoyed working around some of the brightest people in the world and working on projects of national importance. The technology, science, and exposure to real world problems is first rate.

Cons

Big fish in a small pond - there's nowhere else really to job shop against, and they know this. Salaries are pretty good once you get a few bumps, but people work here for decades, so promotions are slow. Layers of bureaucracy drag some people down.

Advice to Management

Find a way to mitigate the "old boys network" that drives everything at the ALD and Division level and your employees will be much more productive and profitable.

Other Employee Reviews for Battelle Memorial

  1. Helpful (4)

    "It's a good place to be from... Better if you're technical..."

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

    I have been working at Battelle Memorial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * still has a pension and 401K (pension doesn't matter much anymore to younger staff)
    * on-site gym
    * great opportunities for tech staff to work on a variety of impactful projects

    Cons

    * support staff are significantly undervalued
    * a chosen few advance by stepping on others and getting rid of them when they get in the way
    * much better for technical staff than support
    * largely putting all of their eggs in the government basket foretells a crash and burn if/when fiscal cliff happens
    * used to be a good place to work - now it's a good place to be from

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to be cost-competitive w/ other companies - focus on increasing commercial business (or does Battelle really just want to be known for managing labs)


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Benefits rapidly have been diminishing over the last few years, seems at times to be a bias towards male employees"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Richland, WA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and okay benefits and the work is usually varied and interesting.

    Cons

    Lower level scientists are more and more burdened by the actual work yet receive little reward and are the most vulnerable when lay offs are on the horizon. Educational benefits (ie, tuition reimbursement) is being phased out and is harder to obtain. Pensions have been cut back in recent years, as well as the matched contribution to 401Ks. Upper management are almost always retained and promoted despite chronic poor performance, while early career scientists are readily laid off when funds are tight.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps one piece of advice would be to force the retirement of those who are retirement age instead of providing them with obscene salaries, along with little expectation or metric that they will bring in grants and other sources of funding.


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