Buckman Laboratories

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Buckman Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
11 Reviews
3.9
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    New age company, old-school values.

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Buckman Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family owned, slow-paced, good perks, ethical, strong leadership.

    Cons

    Slow-paced, does not pay employees fair market value for most positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Account Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Buckman Laboratories full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company is family owned and seems to truly care about employees. Compensation packages are good and 401k match/employee ESOP are perks.

    Cons

    Company is growing and going through some growing pains. These growing pains mean the same thing that they do for other growing companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The experience has been great and the employees are even greater.

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    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

    I have been working at Buckman Laboratories as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    people, atmosphere, and the overall values

    Cons

    almost too quiet and structured, a bit dated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    embrace a more active and fun environment that energizes the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buckman Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people and the benefits are some of the best in Memphis, TN

    Cons

    I really can't think of any cons. Buckman is just a really great company that cares for their employees and the surrounding community.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Beaumont, TX

    I have been working at Buckman Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good values from the Top. I have the greatest respect for the Buckmans and the leadership they provide. The quality of the products and services is the best. Training is a priority in the organization and they will always find a way to provide the necessary tools or people to get the job done.

    Cons

    They need to be a bigger player in other markets besides paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it comes to other markets, stop playing small ball and realize that you can compete with anyone. There is nothing that you lack.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Like many companies, good things and bad things. Company in transition at the moment due to very poor management.

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    Former Employee - Scientific Technical Writer/Media Planner in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Scientific Technical Writer/Media Planner in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Buckman Laboratories

    Pros

    Excellent place to work if you have a family. If you are ambitious and want to rise quickly, it's very difficult. Benefits are hard to beat anywhere in the country. Like many companies, there is no paid maternity leave. But many generous adjustments are made for people with family like working at home, additional time off, adjustable work hours, time off for doctor's appointments, etc. They could not be better about such things. They long had a reputation about keeping employees through retirement but that has changed. For over sixty years they had a policy of "no layoffs" but recent business climate has put an end to that. At the moment, they are evaluating employees and laying off people with a vengance. So job security - AT THE MOMENT - is unavailable. Also, lots of education available for anyone who wants it...paid for by the company. College education of dependents is paid for but this becomes moot point if one cannot count on employement in the long term. In fact, benefits anywhere should not color one's decision regarding choosing a company for employment. Benefits are subject to change, employment security is gone everywhere.

    Cons

    Very, very hard to be promoted. Hard work not recognized. Because this is a family company, employees are rewarded for things other than job performance. Executives are given completely free hand in managing their departments which is good if the management is good but really bad when the executive is poor. Large majority of vice presidents are former salesmen (preference to promoting salesmen is extreme: almost impossible to be promoted to upper levels without sales background) and have NO training as managers. They very often hate the day to day things involved with management because they have been working on their own for many years with no one to answer to. Management of a department is a huge difference - and not a pleasant one - for them. Company is very political, like most companies, but additional problems arise from the fact that Buckman is a family company with many executives part of the Buckman family. Of course, those people have an enormous amount of influence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management is absolutely imperative. Current layoffs, which are so demoralizing, would not have been necessary if management had been better skilled.This is such an important issue that the company's life depends upon it.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A family run big business.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Buckman Laboratories

    Pros

    A family run business that takes pride in it's workers and products. The company expects you to retire with them when they hire you full time.

    Cons

    Policies and procedures are good but not world class. To compete and prosper the company has to upgrade it's thinking. The hiring process can be long and they don't always see the need for increasing staff until it is well beyond needed. Being a family run business has the disadvantage of trying to please the owner rather than the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stream line manual processes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a place for straigh forwarders

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    Former Contractor - Network and IT Support Specialist in Chennai (India)
    Former Contractor - Network and IT Support Specialist in Chennai (India)

    I worked at Buckman Laboratories as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    not good as contracts waste of time and spoiling slef career

    Cons

    not rewarding of good work completely screened by top people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be avoided unethical and politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fair company, limited opportunities for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buckman Laboratories

    Pros

    Good compensation package, some of the upper managers were great leaders

    Cons

    Little room for growth or advancement. Many of middle managers are not as involved in company's overall success as they should be. Many employees can 'coast' and get by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an atmosphere that welcomes the ideas from all levels of the organization, allow the participation of non-managers in opportunities for change

    Approves of CEO
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    neutral

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    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Trois-Rivières, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Trois-Rivières, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Buckman Laboratories

    Pros

    good package and continous improvement

    Cons

    not anough feed back to employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support employee in difficult times

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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