Buckman Laboratories
3.5 of 5 8 reviews
www.buckman.com Memphis, TN 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 13, 2014

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Great place to work!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company!

Senior Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Beaumont, TX

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

ProsGood 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.

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Scientific Technical Writer/Media Planner (Former Employee)
Memphis, TN

I worked at Buckman Laboratories

ProsExcellent 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.

ConsVery, 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 Senior ManagementBetter 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.

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A family run big business.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Memphis, TN

I have been working at Buckman Laboratories

ProsA 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.

ConsPolicies 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 Senior ManagementStream line manual processes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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not a place for straigh forwarders

Network and IT Support Specialist (Former Employee)
Chennai (India)

I worked at Buckman Laboratories as a contractor for more than a year

Prosnot good as contracts waste of time and spoiling slef career

Consnot rewarding of good work completely screened by top people

Advice to Senior Managementto be avoided unethical and politics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fair company, limited opportunities for growth

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Buckman Laboratories

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

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

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

I worked at Buckman Laboratories

Prosgood package and continous improvement

Consnot anough feed back to employee

Advice to Senior Managementsupport employee in difficult times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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After the Downsizing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Buckman Laboratories

ProsGood Pay
Decent Benefits
Company Car
Home Office

ConsIn house programming usually not as good as what the company could get outside.
No Advancement
Inconsistent middle managers
No product support for small groups

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at how some of your VPs treat employees. Some of them have no respect from their employees.

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