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Jacobs Engineering Reviews

Updated Jun 11, 2014
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3.1 527 reviews

63% Approve of the CEO

Jacobs Engineering President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin

Craig L. Martin

(270 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with half days on Fridays(in 30 reviews)

  • Good working relationships & good people was primary motivation for a long period at Jacobs(in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • How does this make any sense for a company that has the slogan "people are our greatest asset"(in 20 reviews)

  • Our department tried to purchase 2 new laptops for new senior management(in 19 reviews)

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    To big for their britches.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsI could not find any revealing qualities.

    ConsThey are out of touch with Humanity. Think their programs can run the company. Do not share the caring they profess to have for employees as they say. There is no HR it seems as the On boarding program is not a success as they say people have waited 6 week to get all the credentials. You are on your own and if something does not go good for the clients don't look for Jacobs to help.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your people you know what happened to Rome. They are best AT. CYA

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Un-Ethical Company

    Performance Analyst (Current Employee) Eglin AFB, FL

    ProsBenefits, paid time off are literally the ONLY pros I can attribute to this company.

    ConsCircus for an HR department. I pride myself on integrity and honesty, after only two years in this company I realize this is not the company for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no advice for you as you have allowed this to manifest and infest within your company (TEAS Contract), These practices and behaviors take years to embed as deep as within this contract. In my two years with the company I have observed a single employee survey questioning the moral and comradre within, to which it is my understanding 60% of personnel represented their opinions to no avail.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard to maintain a positive outlook on the government with companies such as Jacobs representing and providing support.

    Test Engineer (Former Employee) Eglin AFB, FL

    ProsSalary is competitive and benefits are fair

    ConsI felt as though I was working for a crooked company, with adherance to rules, regulations and morals falling on deaf ears. HR will play the game of concern, however problems are provided a cheap non-waterproof bandaid. (TEMPORARY FIX). I believe someday Jacobs will deal with the wrath of what has emassed within the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Only getting worse

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsMy hourly pay rate, the ability to work from home

    ConsOn February 5, 2013 I wrote a lengthy review about my experience working at Jacobs. It's been over a year and things have gotten even worse. Our group has been reduced from 8 employees to 3 employees due to lack of work. I recently found out that my resume is being used to win projects but once the work starts, those closest to the project take the work for themselves so they can stay billable. My hours have been reduced to around 15 a week so I no longer receive any benefits (it was the only way to avoid being laid off) . Yes, I am looking for a new job but as many of you know, the competition is fierce and I can't relocate. I have been taking continuing education courses on my own time and my own dime since I can't get approved for training reimbursement. And just so you don't think the problem is ME rather than Jacobs, my client of 5 years has written a letter of recommendation for me since he knows that budget cuts have reduced my hours and forced me to look for work elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are obviously some offices within Jacobs that are doing a good job (according to these reviews) so why not figure out what they are doing right and implement it company wide. It would also be smart to focus on the offices that score low to identify what they are doing that makes everyone so dissatisfied. I also noticed that a lot of reviews mention "good ole boy" networks and cliques. I have to agree with them. If you're not in the IN group, you are on your way out. Work shouldn't be like high school but in the office I'm in, it is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They do not hire Minorities.....White shirt and white men only.

    Architect (Former Employee) East Los Angeles, CA

    ProsProjects and Project name that you work on.

    ConsVery white company, While male dominated. Not too many opportunities for other non whites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSign the company up for Equal Opportunity Emplyer,. It may be too late

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best of luck to you Jacobs

    Engineer (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsThere is opportunity to travel, alot.

    ConsLiars, harassment, discrimination, mobbing. if you're not white and male at 50+ you will not get anywhere within this company no matter how much effort you expend. Management doesn't understand anything even slightly outside of their own white male world view. If you are different than the cultural 'norm' you are a threat, treated poorly and subjected to a toxic environment.

    Wage discrimination between male and female engineers, guess which direction. No regard for safety, they will send a young female to a foreign country without providing a cell phone or vehicle, too cheap or don't care, unsure which. Bullying, blocking work and communications that are required to do your job. Laptop surveillance. Unprofessional treatment. Even their lawyers are unprofessional. It's too bad they throw their good loyal people away.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk for both sides of the story next time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible, Simply Horrible and Unprofessional Company

    Engineer (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGreat place for the right person. If you are a person of a certain demographic you will do fine here.

    ConsAll others need not apply, they will crush you. And if you complain, their lawyers will crush you. Stay away, please….life is too short to put up with such cruelty.

    The cons are endless..unjust treatment, unprofessional behavior by managers is tolerated, too many project managers who are just paper pushers and haven't actually run a job in years. Managers and project managers are too far removed from the work product to understand client issues thoroughly yet continue to make inappropriate knee jerk decisions. Abuse of billable hours, clients are not always getting the best value for their dollar. Intelligence and creativity are not rewarded, you might as well keep your head in the sand and keep quiet in order to keep your job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick to what you know: Oil, gas and mining. Other industries think Jacobs a fool.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very abusive atmosphere, super political, very negative.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOther Jacobs offices were not as bad

    ConsBaton Rouge LA office was very abusive. A lot of malicious gossip in the workplace. Outsiders should avoid or approach with caution. Just what you would expect from a typical backwater small town. I would not recommend to a friend. I would give negative stars if allowed

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house in Baton Rouge

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company would spread poison on rice fields if there was money money in it.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of good people work there.

    ConsThose same people wish they didn't.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour three core values can easily be reduced to one. "Profit trumps all".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't bother

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome good people to work with, flexible hours

    ConsBenefits, management, you will always be worried about your job. Don't let them fool you that they care about you. It's all about the company and you will be laid off if you are not 40 hours billable, even though your bosses are the ones to assign you work. Professional Engineers will keep the work to themselves if things get slow so that they stay 40 hours billable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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