Jacobs

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Jacobs Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
777 Reviews
3.4
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • While not the best pay in the world for an engineer, the work life balance makes up for the low pay (in 21 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with half days on Fridays (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Our department tried to purchase 2 new laptops for new senior management (in 23 reviews)

  • Seems to go against there "People are our greatest asset" motto (in 22 reviews)

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  1.  

    Leadership lacks vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No pros that I can identify after nearly two years of employment

    Cons

    Many! Management by spreadsheet, non-competitive benefits, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management lacks vision to guide/lead the company. More focused on making quarterly numbers than anything else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Unethical

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We get to harass contractor that works for us.

    Cons

    Unethical construction management that denies everything and lies to themselves.

  3.  

    Technician

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Government work. Little to no oversight, no supervision to speak of ... keep your head down and mouth shut ... as long as you are billable, out of sight, you are out of your mind ... and theirs.

    Cons

    The supervision has no ethics. That would get in the way of making money off the government. If you work for them you work in a co-employment environment with the subcontractors and the government where doing anything may not be the right thing ... look behind the facade before working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop your co-employment behavior. gain some ethical work behavior. Power corrupts, absolute power absolutely corrupts. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    ok place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    money money money money money

    Cons

    lots of contradicitions and not enough vacation time or sick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop saying people are your greatest asset when they are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very unorganized no training cut throat.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Allen Park, MI
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Allen Park, MI

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay. Some interaction with engineers, get to learn some advanced tech.

    Cons

    How do i start. I worked at the allen park location as a entry level test tech. I received absolutely no training at all. They expect you to read their minds. The garage lead employees have a chip on their shoulder and they will do anything to get someone they dont like fired. They will fabricate reasons to fire you if they dont like you and fire you on your 89th day. Good luck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None dont work here unless you kiss some serious butt. And you better be a professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Core values are a joke. Everyone knows that stock valuation is all that matters. Projects come and go and so do people

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good people work there. Unfortunately, most of them would like to work somewhere else. Management doesn't care. You'll be replaced when the first project goes bad.

    Cons

    Typical consulting environment. All about billable hours. Management wants the work done quickly regardless of accuracy. Be prepared to be laid off as soon as the project is complete.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    hostile work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Jacobs as a contractor

    Pros

    There are no "Pros" beyond the paycheck

    Cons

    hostile work environment
    contractors are considered lower than dirt
    approach with caution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid level management and project leads are wasting your money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    To big for their britches.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I could not find any revealing qualities.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very disappointed with their loyalty

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    Former Employee - Several Different Positions in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Several Different Positions in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Good place to make money if you treat it like they do, no loyalty, and a stepping stone to a better career. Do not make the mistake of using them as a career you will be disappointed

    Cons

    No loyalty to employees, they are at the whim of the government no matter what. Very disappointed with some of the underhanded dealings. You will be just an employee, if you want to work as a team or a corporate family this is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better, try to show some loyalty to something other than money. I realize you are in business to make money but at what price? Stop treating people like they are just something disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Un-Ethical Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Performance Analyst in Eglin AFB, FL
    Current Employee - Performance Analyst in Eglin AFB, FL

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Circus 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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