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Buck Institute Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    I was an intern at BUCK last summer. I had good opportunities to learn about science.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Novato, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Intern in Novato, CA (US)

    I worked at Buck Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are no strict restrictions for the time you have to be at work.
    The institute is located on a calm place, providing you the motivation to think.
    The architecture of the institute is good.
    There are weekly seminars, friday barbecue get together, every month first monday free bagels and a lot more.

    Cons

    The pay is not on par with the industry.
    There are no means of transportation as it is located on a hill. You ought to have a car/bike.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    buyer

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    Former Employee - Purchaser in Novato, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Purchaser in Novato, CA (US)

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great staff of researchers and beautiful campus

    Cons

    management keeps you in the dark and changes their position continuously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    No future in pessimism.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA (US)

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Horrific Executive and Upper Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good commute for people living in the North Bay

    Cons

    No pay increases in 5 + years, although the majority of support staff has been laid off and now the remaining group is expected to do the jobs of 4-5 other personnel. Benefits are lacking to non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the top three people in positions of power and replace it with a whole new group. Try thanking the people who are now forced to do the jobs of many once in awhile. There is zero moral or loyalty among the employees, try to improve that. Do something before this entire place implodes, the reputation of the institute within the scientific community is already ruined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Former HR Manager

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Novato, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Novato, CA (US)

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The mission and vision for this research institute is stellar. In the research labs, job satisfaction is unique to the primary investigator, the particular science, and funding - so it can be an amazing opportunity for post-doctoral fellowships and associated ancillary positions or quite the opposite. Within the operational and administrative departments, there are a few outstanding directors and staff members - accounting being one of the top producing departments.

    Cons

    Constant budget constraints due to limited donations and sponsors outside the Buck trust, as well as failing federal research grants are creating a culture of scarcity and fear for future employment. A near-constant internal rumor (and execution) of layoffs breeds an environment fraught with job dissatisfaction, ineffective communications, and infighting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood in administrative leadership. I use the word "leadership" with tongue in cheek. Look outside the scientific community for operational and administrative leaders with proven records of success. Incestuous hiring practices are killing the Buck's ability to recruit for sustainability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    good place, but lacking resource and connection

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    intelligent people to work with

    Cons

    small world, life is kinda of boring, lacking postdoc training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great working environment!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buck Institute

    Pros

    A beautiful campus with lots of great opportunities to learn more about research in aging. The Buck Institute has several different labs that collaborate with each other to find new innovations in aging. Definitely would recommend this place for anyone trying to gain experience in research or lab experience in general.

    Cons

    Poor communication between senior management and the rest of their employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place for a postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Novato, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Novato, CA (US)

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time

    Pros

    Very nice people, collegian atmosphere between postdocs, stunning nature surrounding the buildings.

    Cons

    Remote to any university campus, no easy access to library resources, your experience depends on the lab and PI

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved in mentoring and helping students and postdocs build skill sets that prepare them for successful careers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Poor working conditions in terms of work quality for employees and growth

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buck Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None, probably just the free coffee in the kitchen area and the monthly free bagels haha as well as the architecture for public tours.

    Cons

    A bunch of intellectual arrogant idiots, nobody cares about the career development of postdocs at this institute. Poor communication between the faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nobody cares about the employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Exceptional personal growth, as long as your career and life aren't on the line

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buck Institute

    Pros

    consistency, mentally stimulating, challenging, self set hours

    Cons

    funding, recognition, stagnant, belittlement, lack of independence, coherency, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your act together!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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