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Updated October 28, 2017
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  1. "If you are really motivated and willing to sell your soul.........."

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

    I have been working at Buchan Group full-time

    Pros

    Okay work life balance.
    Friendly technical staff.
    Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    High management overheads and growing and in turn driving project staff wages down.
    Longer term employees treated with disrespect.
    Younger employee treated as cannon fodder.
    Design philosophy needs work.
    Interior design by Pinterest.......industry wide problem.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pretend to be a friend of your staff.


  2. "workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Buchan Group full-time

    Pros

    they are a very friendly company to work with and for

    Cons

    the pension scheme isn't the best in the world

  3. "Need constructive changes"

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

    I have been working at Buchan Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staffs
    Life/work balance
    Not much politics

    Cons

    Low salary
    Limited type of project, mainly retail
    Management need improvements

    Advice to Management

    More stable and organized team structure.
    Salary increase to keep valuable junior and mid level staffs.
    To have a full-time HR in the office who cares and communicates to all staffs.
    Listen, discuss and act.


  4. "It is What you Make it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Buchan Group full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, little overtime undertaken
    Developing new and improved culture
    Great work space
    Given opportunities if you show passion and aptitude
    Can work on any part of a project

    Cons

    Design culture needs to improve
    Mostly retail work

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing an improved design culture


  5. "Buchan, the people, the business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Buchan Group (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    For the rest of the Market it is great that the business is so heavily biased towards deaftsperson employees. It has led the business to the point where it not only has little design respect in the community but also claims the design work of others. I refer to Eastlands and Emporium which where designed by other international businesses such as ACME, Wonderwall and NH locally. If anyone doubts the reference to Draftsperons just ask for the ARBV numbers of each of the owners / Directors.
    There are Directors that have claimed to be the Directors of major Projects that the business has lead that spent as little as 3 months on and in one case the only contribution was a site walk. Its all part of the illusion!

    Cons

    With about a ratio of 5 fee earning staff to 1 non fee earning staff member clients should be intently aware of what their fees are paying for amd what value they are actually getting for their spend.
    You will get about a 50-60 hit rate. If a prospective employee has any design aspiration then please look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and kicking that can down the road. The rest of the industry will be the ultimate beneficiaries.


  6. "Don't work for this company"

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    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Buchan Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As an architect you work on retail projects so if you want retail experience this may be an opening, if you want to be a work horse.

    Cons

    CEO is an Engineer for an architecture firm, runs the business like a factory, micromanaging everything to the last possible cent. No authority except his is acceptable. People in management are incompetent and cannot make decisions. So much politics that makes parliament look like a doll house, thees people spend more time trying to shore up their position because of incompetence than actually doing work. If you join this company you will encounter severe depression as so many people leave because of the politics and incompetence. There are much better companies to work for than Buchan. Culture of this company will sap your life away.

    Advice to Management

    Management is absolutely useless. They are focused on themselves and how much money they are going to make out of employees. There is the illusion of openness but behind the scenes they want to milk employees for everything they can get. This company is not one to be recommended and unless management undergoes major changes they will fail. They have been lucky in work because of the demand in retail / mixed use projects but their luck is about to run out. Get a new CEO, and get people in positions of leadership who not driven purely by self-interest and greed at the cost of employees.

    Buchan Group Response

    Oct 14, 2015 – CEO

    Buchan welcomes professional and constructive feedback from current and former employees as part of the ongoing continual improvement of our business. Since being founded in 1890, it’s fair to say... More


  7. "good and friendly work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    Pros

    Buchan is a leading architecture firm in retail design industry. It offers flexible working environment.

    Cons

    need training to work on design stage