Buck Institute Reviews

Updated May 4, 2015
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  1. I have mixed feelings on this place...

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Novato, CA

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great scientists, great science, great location. Easy commute and parking. Depending on which PI you work for the hours can be flexible.

    Cons

    Disconnect between upper management and the scientists. There is no sense of community or loyalty. The culture of the Buck has changed over time. There has been a lot of changes in HR so it is hard to say if there is an issue who to go to.

    Advice to Management

    Value the scientists since we make up the majority of the Buck Institute and the science we do is what people support.


  2. Beautiful location, good pay and benefits, very poor management.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Novato, CA

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Location is beautiful, the pay and benefits are good/comparable, work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    Management is very poor.


  3. I was an intern at BUCK last summer. I had good opportunities to learn about science.

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    Former Intern - Graduate Intern in Novato, CA
    Former Intern - Graduate Intern in Novato, CA

    I worked at Buck Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no strict restrictions for the time you have to be at work.
    The institute is located on a calm place, providing you the motivation to think.
    The architecture of the institute is good.
    There are weekly seminars, friday barbecue get together, every month first monday free bagels and a lot more.

    Cons

    The pay is not on par with the industry.
    There are no means of transportation as it is located on a hill. You ought to have a car/bike.


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  5. No future in pessimism.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The buildings are architecturally beautiful, set up on a hill with an amazing view of the bay. Parking is easy and the commute from Marin or SF is easy. The work being done in the labs is interesting.

    Cons

    There is no understanding from the management about the resources it has a responsibility to maintain, in both people and assets. Large layoffs with no plans for operational continuity have left many still there with poor morale and a defeatist perspective. The old Russian axiom 'they pretend to pay you and you pretend to work' appears to be how the staff operates.

    Advice to Management

    There is no future in pessimism. The staff responsible for key infrastructure has been replaced so many times, either through budgetary cuts or mass exodus has left the remaining, largely new staff, unclear or doubtful of the future of the business. The Buck has some very big problems that need addressing ASAP.


  6. buyer

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    Former Employee - Purchaser in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Purchaser in Novato, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great staff of researchers and beautiful campus

    Cons

    management keeps you in the dark and changes their position continuously.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


  7. Former HR Manager

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Novato, CA

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The mission and vision for this research institute is stellar. In the research labs, job satisfaction is unique to the primary investigator, the particular science, and funding - so it can be an amazing opportunity for post-doctoral fellowships and associated ancillary positions or quite the opposite. Within the operational and administrative departments, there are a few outstanding directors and staff members - accounting being one of the top producing departments.

    Cons

    Constant budget constraints due to limited donations and sponsors outside the Buck trust, as well as failing federal research grants are creating a culture of scarcity and fear for future employment. A near-constant internal rumor (and execution) of layoffs breeds an environment fraught with job dissatisfaction, ineffective communications, and infighting.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood in administrative leadership. I use the word "leadership" with tongue in cheek. Look outside the scientific community for operational and administrative leaders with proven records of success. Incestuous hiring practices are killing the Buck's ability to recruit for sustainability.


  8. Good place for a postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Novato, CA

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people, collegian atmosphere between postdocs, stunning nature surrounding the buildings.

    Cons

    Remote to any university campus, no easy access to library resources, your experience depends on the lab and PI

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in mentoring and helping students and postdocs build skill sets that prepare them for successful careers


  9. Good place for postdoctoral fellowship on Aging

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good faculty members on aging research. Excellent fellow postdocs for collaboration and interaction.

    Cons

    Expensive to live. No access to public transportation. Very few graduate and undergraduate students.


  10. Job Satisfaction

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    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Novato, CA

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, some leaway on experimental design, reasonable deadlines, very dedicated staff and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Salary, funding for research, too much money spent on new building expansion, low employee moral.

    Advice to Management

    Too many administrative positions


  11. Nice environment, good organization, helpful people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, multi-ethnic, good structure

    Cons

    Sometimes too laid back, too many people in the HR



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