Complex Business Operations doesn't Promote Collaboration
Manager (Former Employee) – Arlington, VA – March 13, 2018
Overall Battelle is a good company to work for and provides for dynamic, cutting edge and interesting work. However, expensive rate structures and stove piped processes bog down the company's ability to pivot on changing market conditions thus making it difficult for Battelle to compete for work in some markets.
Interesting work, good benefits, stable company
Constant reorganization, lack of strategic direction, stove piped and unpublicized business operations processes.
Scientist (Former Employee) – Virginia – June 4, 2018
Battelle has a great mission of pursuing solutions to difficult scientific problems and being charitable to STEM education, however, the means to achieve the two (the people who do the work) were constantly taken advantage of by the management. In my time at Battelle, there were multiple reorganizations and mass layoffs (the last coming in March 2018), and a decrease in benefits. The reorgs and mass layoffs were done to supposedly cut middle management and overhead costs, but that rarely worked since those managers cut were replaced by either directly hiring new managers or promoting those within the company. This led to a continued problem with morale, which, when I left was the lowest of any company I had ever seen. Scientists there were in constant concern of being laid off (they happened monthly) if their time worked was less than 100% or fell out of managements favor, were pressured to work at home (after putting in a full day's work), and provided little opportunity for training outside of online courses from Battelle that had to be completed on their own time. The benefits (health care, time off, etc) were whittled away until there was no benefit to them except that they were available. Management seems to be clueless when it comes to securing future work. The company does little to promote itself and expects the client base to accept their larger fees than industry average just because it's Battelle. There was no balance to work-life balance. During the summer, 60-70 hour weeks were common because of poor program management throughout the year, but those performing themore... work received little recognition or compensation. Every lay off left more work to be done by the already overworked staff since new hires either did not occur, or were ineffective since it took time to train. On a more positive note, the people performing the work were very gifted and great to be around. They were able to come up with solutions to some very challenging projects.less
Intelligent, friendly people, interesting work
Management, no training opportunities, minimal career advancement
Data Coordinator (Current Employee) – West Jefferson, OH – June 3, 2018
Not only has Battelle terminated 10% of its workforce, mnagement has moved to span control. Employees are judged their mistakes; not achievements. This makes it an extremely uncomfortable place to be employed. No appreciation. All fear.
Animal Husbandry Technician (Former Employee) – West Jefferson, OH – May 31, 2018
I enjoyed my time at Battelle. It was a good balance of busy and downtime. I would have continued working there, but the department I was in went through a merger and I got cut in layoffs. But ultimately, no hard feelings because I feel it was a good stepping stone for me in getting industry experience.
Senior Technician (Former Employee) – West Jefferson, OH – May 23, 2018
I greatly enjoyed the experiences and skills I was able to learn alongside a wonderful team. The majority of employees are dedicated, hardworking, and extremely beneficial to day-to-day duties. However, management is often misguided and unable to make the best decisions due to corporate interference and ignorance. Unfortunately, this company has the reputation of overworking and under staffing; just recently nearly 300 people were laid off while the workload on those who remained nearly doubled. In short, a team will support any coworker hired, to the best of their ability, but any new hire must prepare to be discarded when the CEO needs a better annual report.
I learned a lot about the Department of Energy Labs while working at Battelle.
Director, Government Relations (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 23, 2018
Battelle was a good place to work. But had no Political Action Committee (PAC), which prevented a challenge. I learned a lot about the Department of Energy Labs while working at Battelle. But the Battelle managed Lab would compete with each other, which presented challenges.
I had a lot of autonomy at Battele.
Infighting among the Battelle managed labs, no PAC, and no stock options.
I love my job at Battelle. I recently moved and the commute is quite challenging. If I could get a job closer to home, it would not only save me money, but would reduce the stress of the long commute everyday.
Great peers; horrible executives; a great place to be from
Research Scientist (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – May 15, 2018
Me: Started as a research intern; left as a research scientist. Total tenure: 12+ years.
Pros: Worked alongside some great people, and learned a lot - both being taught directly or being allowed/encouraged to solve problems on my own.
Compensation was adequate, though the benefits became incrementally worse during my time there.
Cons: For lower-level technical staff, job security is highly dependent on maximizing time charged to external clients. This is problematic when there is not enough client work to fill everyone's time. The culture changes from 'everyone working together to achieve organizational goals' to 'every man for himself.'
For higher-level technical staff, job security is dependent on producing business volume. Unfortunately Battelle does not provide meaningful training on how to do that. The few classes available are fluff and buzzwords. The only way to learn is find a competent mentor and hope they're willing to teach you. There's no compensation for time spent mentoring, and sharing their skills and client connections could hurt their own job security.
working here i had a great working enviroment and had freedom to learn new things
Monitoring Technician III (Former Employee) – Pueblo, CO – May 1, 2018
I was busy from start to finish and learned a lot about how to build a air monitoring unit by myself, my first boss was an amazing leader always was the first one to come out and help if needed I learned a lot from him and enjoyed everything he taught me
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – April 17, 2018
Not a stable work environment. Continuous cycle of layoffs. Continuous re-organization and management personnel, styles, and beliefs, plans and direction. What was true one day is not the next and you are penalized for it (time on project).
Lots of change and low salaries due to being not for profit. Employee recognition is almost slim to none. No real advancement opportunities, and there is a lot of favoritism. It is a great learning environment and a great place to start your career. However, it is not a place to make your forever home.
great food, flex time, wonderful mission, overall good people
operations (Former Employee) – Boulder, CO – April 13, 2018
for 6-9 months, they BATTELLE (Neon) said they were going to give 45 days pay for people that finished the project and were getting laid off.'at the VERY LAST SECOND, they said ... oh, wait, you are going to have to work those 45 days (Classic bait & switch -min my opinion).
I would NEVER trust anything else they would ever say!
Who would want to work at a Company that treated their employees like this???
good pay ...laid back
Battelle is very corporate ... & I would bever trust ANYTHING they said, again