About Buck Consultants

Bucking the trend

Trips to a company's human resources department usually mean you're either looking for a job, sick, unhappy or, even worse, about to get fired.  But Buck Consultants believes that it doesn't have to be that way.  The 94-year-old firm is a global employee benefits and HR consulting firm that helps clients manage their "human resources," build an innovative workforce and unlock the full value of each organization's human capital.  Buck's practice areas include consulting in communication, compensation, HR technology and administration, health and productivity, human capital management and retirement.  Buck is an independent subsidiary of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., A Xerox Company with approximately 130,000 employees.  With 46 offices in 12 countries, Buck Consultants is frequently listed as one of the largest HR consulting firms in the U.S. and globally. 

In 1997, Mellon Financial Corporation acquired Buck Consultants, giving it a parent company for the first time in its then 80-year history.  That relationship lasted until 2005, when Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) bought Buck from Mellon.  In 2010, Xerox Corporation acquired ACS, and Buck became a Xerox Company, and continues to be a global leader in the HR consulting field.

Worker's rights

Buck's beginnings can perhaps best be described as humble, which is hardly surprising given that the firm got going in the early 20th century, a period not exactly known for its great working benefits and conditions.  Indeed, when George B. Buck Sr. started his consulting business in 1916, the idea of human resources, not to mention the concept of consulting, was extremely new.  The firm, which started with only two employees, played its part in bringing both into the mainstream, however, and is credited with having developed several revolutionary HR concepts.  These include establishing the first global employee stock ownership plan, developing the first fully integrated health savings account and offering innovative severance solutions.  George Buck's ideas were so revolutionary and so widely recognized that, in 1999 he was named one of the Men of the Century by Pensions & Investments.  Specifically (if not exactly thrillingly), he was credited for "pioneering the application of sound actuarial principles to retirement plans" and for being behind one of the first consulting firms to specialize in the valuation of pension plans.

Say it loud, say it proud

Buck Consultants also produces several publications every year to further penetrate the HR consulting marketplace.  The publications provide information that human resources professionals can turn to for guidance.  Global View magazine, which is published twice a year, Insight Out and an archive of published articles all tackle complex HR issues that employers might have difficulty facing as the world of employment conditions grows increasingly complex.  Some examples of the topics covered in these publications are salary compression issues, long-term incentive plans, background checks, pay-for-performance communication, health care costs, incentive plans and much more. 

Buck Consultants

One Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10119
Phone: (212) 330-1000
Fax: (212) 695-4184


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Stock Symbol: XRX
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • President & Executive Managing Director: Mike Roberts
  • 2010 Employees: 2,185

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Boston, MA
  • Secaucus, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Seattle, WA
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