Jacobs Engineering
3.1 of 5 466 reviews
www.jacobs.com Pasadena, CA 5000+ Employees

Jacobs Engineering Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.1 466 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

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

Craig L. Martin

(248 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "good pay, good vacation, flexible schedule, laid back atmosphere"
    in 22 reviews
  • "it is close to where my family, benefits are good , flexible working environment, no high stress"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "Our department tried to purchase 2 new laptops for new senior management"
    in 16 reviews
  • "The company has a logo that claims employees are its greatest asset"
    in 15 reviews
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Make your own way

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Greenville, NC

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSalary is higher than average, and employees are very professional. You can learn a lot here. Lots of opportunity, especially if you are willing to relocate. Even though it's a HUGE company, I find its very much like running my own business. You have enough rope to run - to succeed if you're a self-starter, and enough to hang yourself if you're not. This is a good place for a talented, energetic individual. If you just want to put in your 40 hours and go home look elsewhere.

ConsIf you're not billing to a project you are in danger of being laid off, and good performance may not be enough to save you. As a publicly traded company, the bottom line is more important than anything. Constantly repeated slogans such as "People are our greatest resource" spawn a lot of jokes.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe numbers don't tell the whole story. When making staffing adjustments, listen to the local management team and preserve employees who bring value in multiple ways. We lose a lot of talent who need more security.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
Long Beach, CA

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than 8 years

ProsHigh growth potential. Friendly work space. Good salaies

ConsAlways under schedule pressure, work load fluctuates as contracts come and go

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Piping engineer

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Jacobs Engineering

ProsGood place to work, Global exposure,

ConsHard to grow, no good salary hike, perks

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Flexible with modest benefits

Control Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than a year

ProsFlexible work scheduling, with paid overtime

ConsHealth insurance benefits are sub-par

Advice to Senior ManagementWith a better benefits package, I don't believe there'd ever be much of a reason to look elsewhere for employment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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OK

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time

ProsIt's a nice place to work

ConsOnly a few international students are accepted for consideration

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Good Company but they work on very low margins

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery Flexible, we can work on challenging assignments

ConsExcessive load on employees who are good.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more attention to employees who do the real work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Project Controls (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than a year

ProsMulti-national companies, a lot of room for growth

ConsLack of training is available for employees. Needs more training

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee focused training seem vital

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Many pluses and minuses

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSome of the people are fantastic and if you do a good job you are generally well taken care of.

ConsAs an employee it feels as though stock holders are more important than staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Kicks Ass

Business Manager (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than a year

ProsNice atmosphere, nice building, just writing this so that I can view stuff for free. something something something this is silly

ConsLay off alot, made me sad, im a sad panda. Sad Pandas are everywhere. Everywhere are sad pandas. I tell you wat bro.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more females

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Architect (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA

I worked at Jacobs Engineering full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people are talented, productive, and friendly. Great direct management of A&E staff by competent and knowledgeable discipline directors. Good working relationships & good people was primary motivation for a long period at Jacobs. Good compensation.

ConsUpper management is completely disconnected from the work being done, and ignore direct input through various means (HR complaints of problem people, direct communication with supervisors, as well as fancy surveys & road shows). Work is often divided into sandboxes which creates tensions and competition between departments. Work pipeline is completely inconsistent which creates a extreme peaks and valleys. In recent years work pipeline has slowed to a degree that morale is low and lay offs always seem imminent.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better professional growth opportunities so that you retain your best staff. Diversify projects for stable workload and manage work pipeline more efficiently. Have sales & inside sales to provide information on work pipeline to project managers and AE staff, or teach AE staff how to bring in business. If you keep "People are our greatest asset." as your logo, then get on board and provide them with better opportunities and stability.

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

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