Buck Institute Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Good Stuff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee, close collaboration, intelligent people, diverse people, recondite location, surprising number of cute girls and cute deer

    Cons

    Low pay, poor parking situation, borderline adequate information technology department, not very many seminars due to location

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more and upgrade the parking lot to have those solar panel shade setups. add more free food


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

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management is very poor.


  3. My time at the Buck

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it was really chill; they held some great talks

    Cons

    The commute was a bit of a challenge


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  5. Successful research experience despite very difficult funding conditions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location at a small research institute, with some very talented scientists.

    Cons

    Administration is disconnected from the scientists and poor management of funds during difficult fiscal times. Limited practical access to larger scientific community.


  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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. No future in pessimism.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. buyer

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    Former Employee - Purchaser in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Purchaser in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Be honest


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrific Executive and Upper Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good commute for people living in the North Bay

    Cons

    No pay increases in 5 + years, although the majority of support staff has been laid off and now the remaining group is expected to do the jobs of 4-5 other personnel. Benefits are lacking to non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the top three people in positions of power and replace it with a whole new group. Try thanking the people who are now forced to do the jobs of many once in awhile. There is zero moral or loyalty among the employees, try to improve that. Do something before this entire place implodes, the reputation of the institute within the scientific community is already ruined.


  10. Former HR Manager

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Novato, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  11. good place, but lacking resource and connection

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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



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