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Updated February 28, 2017
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  1. "Great Environment"

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    Current Intern - , Stem Cell Lab in Novato, CA
    Current Intern - , Stem Cell Lab in Novato, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Buck Institute as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very positive learning atmosphere. All my lab associates have tremendous respect for each other. Lots of social activities too.

    Cons

    Traffic to and from the institute can be really bad. The commuter train service has been delayed and won't have service to the city.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for providing such a positive environment and for not taking personal skills for granted. I appreciate all the time that is spent tanning me new skills.


  2. "Buck Institute"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    - Science comes first!
    - The people are interesting. I like to think everyone at the Buck is the best and brightest!

    Cons

    - Budget constraints
    - Work environment can be frustrating at times. Asked to do a lot with few resources.
    - Constant focus on fundraising

    Advice to Management

    The leaders need to be positive and be better team players. There are plenty of ways to operate in even the most high-stress of environments while maintaining positivity and respect.


  3. "Pay less"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice building, lot of space for research and nice atmosphere for academic research

    Cons

    Average pay for international scholars but too less for locals

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. "Good place for postdoctoral fellowship on Aging"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good faculty members on aging research. Excellent fellow postdocs for collaboration and interaction.

    Cons

    Expensive to live. No access to public transportation. Very few graduate and undergraduate students.


  8. "Job Satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, some leaway on experimental design, reasonable deadlines, very dedicated staff and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Salary, funding for research, too much money spent on new building expansion, low employee moral.

    Advice to Management

    Too many administrative positions


  9. "Nice environment, good organization, helpful people"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, multi-ethnic, good structure

    Cons

    Sometimes too laid back, too many people in the HR


  10. "An aging focused institute"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    small group, focused, large space, peaceful

    Cons

    A little isolated from outside

    Advice to Management

    Do more to facilitate life


  11. "Excellent work environment, intellectual stimulating"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great science, different cultures, flexible hours, science related and interpersonal activities. A great place to grow in professional way as in a personal way.

    Cons

    The Institute in located far away from the big city, San Francisco, which limits your social life. The institute lacks dorms. You need to find your own living arrangement even if coming for short periods of time.


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