Jacobs Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. Good Company. Business Oriented.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Global opportunities. Very business oriented and highly concentrated on billability.

    Cons

    Very business oriented and highly concentrated on billability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your own employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. PM Internship

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    Former Intern - PM Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Intern - PM Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jacobs as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisor was a great mentor. Huge company with options to work all over the world

    Cons

    IT issues. The training for other positions was available, just needed to do some leg work to get in contact to the right people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Friendly experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    able to accommodate people with comprehensive experience with good compensations and benefits

    Cons

    few work slow down occasionally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Too much focus on shareholders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Inside Sales Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Inside Sales Coordinator in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Stable environment, growing, neat projects

    Cons

    Focus on shareholders and not employee needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits are good for employees, not bad for bottom line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    This is a very "corporate" workplace. Individuality is not appreciated.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Business Development in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    If you're a man or a woman without a college degree, the pay is great.

    Cons

    Women with college degrees are not paid equally to men unless they're in a position when salaries are known.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the company. No perks isn't going to bring in the younger generation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineering in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Engineering in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Quality work staff.

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of leadership, lack of understanding of how hard people work for the company or what their employees do. Employees are tradable commodities, but are hated by Jacobs if an employee becomes a free agent. Company has a chip on their shoulder. Too worried about the bottom line and the not the quaility or results of the work at hand. Continuous and constant minute by minute concerns about budget. Culture of used or be used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure who management was, and there lies the problem. Top heavy with overhead personnel that do not bring much to the cause. Billable employees support the non-billable overhead staff. Upside down management culture. Budget, budget, budget...That's all that matters. I worked 16 hour shifts at remote locations with no help or concern for my welfare. How's the budget, how's the budget, hows the budget. I get it, but I needed a new job. Gone and out of there. Best of luck to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Typical contract environment you have a job when they have a client.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Decent projects, potential to makemore money by working more hours

    Cons

    Good old boy network and nepetism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate talent based on performance not on client feedback and who they have rubbed elbows with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Firm

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAD Designer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - CAD Designer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, modern work environment, good staffing, focus on safety

    Cons

    Tend to feel like just a number in such a large organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Overall satisfaction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Satisfaction for hours of operation, flexibility in timing of entry, couple of ongoing projects, convenient location,

    Cons

    Salary raise once a year, bonuses not much, overtime work less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Local management is incompetent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jacobs

    Pros

    Good Engineering. People work hard out of pride of performance. Salaries are as good as anyone's in town for similar work. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Management has no understanding of project-management-process (PMP) or proper execution of a job. Clients are consistently dissatisfied when the cost is considerably higher and schedule is considerably longer than what was bid. No change control whatsoever. Management consistently underbids work, then blames engineers for non-performance at the end of the job. Makes for distrust and bad team dynamics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To Jacobs corporate management...figure some way to get the office to work together. As it is, they operate like individual franchises where every office is for themselves. The offices do things which are in direct opposition to shareholder value, and a disservice to clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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