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Buck Institute Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent work environment, intellectual stimulating

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, great science, different cultures, flexible hours, science related and interpersonal activities. A great place to grow in professional way as in a personal way.

    Cons

    The Institute in located far away from the big city, San Francisco, which limits your social life. The institute lacks dorms. You need to find your own living arrangement even if coming for short periods of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great working environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buck Institute

    Pros

    A beautiful campus with lots of great opportunities to learn more about research in aging. The Buck Institute has several different labs that collaborate with each other to find new innovations in aging. Definitely would recommend this place for anyone trying to gain experience in research or lab experience in general.

    Cons

    Poor communication between senior management and the rest of their employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    Pros

    great staff of researchers and beautiful campus

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good place, but lacking resource and connection

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    intelligent people to work with

    Cons

    small world, life is kinda of boring, lacking postdoc training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Exceptional personal growth, as long as your career and life aren't on the line

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buck Institute

    Pros

    consistency, mentally stimulating, challenging, self set hours

    Cons

    funding, recognition, stagnant, belittlement, lack of independence, coherency, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your act together!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Too many administrative positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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