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Buck Institute Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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  1. "Nice place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful environment - both within (<200 employees, you get to know other quickly, everyone is helpful) and beyond (deer and fawns walking under the windows)

    Cons

    Novato is small city, might be boring for people from big cities :-)


  2. "Non-profit norm"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate 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, positive research environment, commonalities to improve humanity and make medical breakthroughs

    Cons

    Funding is grant based and not consistent, pay is low compared to other organizations and technical training is non existent

  3. "PBL"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Buck Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    Very clear and informative training

    Cons

    No real cons other than I would have liked to continue with more training.


  4. "Excellent research organization at a fantastic location"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to do research, with a fantastic location.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular to mention.


  5. "Come for the science, stay for the deer."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    The Buck is a friendly and focused community of researchers. Everyone is approachable and accessible. The institute is located in a beautiful setting and building. There is lots of wildlife and hiking trails.

    Cons

    Support for core facilities could be better.


  6. "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.


  7. "Research associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    -great work environment
    -collaboration with other labs
    -schedule usually based on projects
    -great view of Marin
    -hiking trails near by

    Cons

    -awful pay
    -no cafeteria
    -hard to move up

  8. "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.


  9. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good networking and collaborating with others is easy. Also free food every now and then. Location is great, high up on a mountain with a great view

    Cons

    Pay is poor. Funding is scarce and difficult to get a job here. No cafeteria only vending machines.


  10. "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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