Since you mention Lightroom, keep in mind the ACR raw conversion plugin for Photoshop or Elements works in the same parametric non destructive mode as Lightroom.
You can open directly a batch of raw files, but also jpegs, in the 'Open in ACR' mode and adjust your settings for individual or several opened files. When you have finished editing, you select all and edither click 'Done' which saves the edits in the catalog like in Lightroom, or you click 'Open' which opens the edited files in the pixel editor.
There are less editing tools available but they are far superior to the same from the pixel editor, especially the global edits for color, tones, white balance and non destructive cropping. Most missing tools are detailed edits which are better and more flexible in the pixel editor than in Lightroom or the full ACR version of Photoshop.
The organizer also offers 'Instant fix' batch options. Very useful even for non beginners.