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Buchan Group Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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  1. "It is What you Make it"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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


  3. "good and friendly work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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