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Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
13 Reviews
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    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 for 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
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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
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 for less than a 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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    No opinion of CEO
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    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 for 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
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    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
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    Good place for postdoctoral fellowship on Aging

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Novato, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Novato, CA (US)

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time for 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Research Associate III  in  Novato, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Novato, CA (US)

    I have been working at Buck Institute full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too many administrative positions

    Recommends
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