Jacobs

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Jacobs Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
797 Reviews
3.4
797 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
Craig L. Martin
316 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Large company with great growth opportunities for those with a drive.

    Cons

    Company very lean and no employment stability due to project based work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Positive work experience with this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - JMMS in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - JMMS in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    This company has a great safety program, and the training is positive.

    Cons

    No work in the area where I would like to move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the positive follow up with the training and communication with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Balanced

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    The Global Building sector of this company has a great sense of work/life balance. People work quickly and efficiently and their personal lives are respected. Not many holidays or vacation days, and no bonuses, but the people are incredible and the work is stable.

    Cons

    No bonuses and low number of PTO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Entry Level Architectural Designer in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Entry Level Architectural Designer in Morristown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits if you have a family, high salaries and easy going environment. Interdisciplinary company so you can learn a lot from the other trades

    Cons

    Very corporate environment, so there are a few higher ups who have no grasp on wtf they are doing, but have a grand title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more work

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

    Best company I have ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent company with excellent reputation.Work is interesting and challenging. Good team atmosphere. Consultancy management is friendly and easy to work for.

    Cons

    Need a better business development plan. Parent company management does not appear to see the value in Consultancy. One group doesn't seem to contribute as much as they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider trimming employees with low sense of urgency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to work for, very flexible work/life atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    Pros

    I have been with his company for 6+ years and I truly believe this is a great company to work for. As an A&AS Defense Contractor I work at the Customer's site with very little interaction with Jacobs Corporate. My direct management also works at the same site so there is very little "micro management" from corporate. This allows us to do what we were hired to do which is support our customer and their needs. Jacobs mission is to provide the best knowledge and expertise needed by their customers and I think they have stayed true to that mission.

    Cons

    Because my position was determined and based on a specific Contract vehicle, there have been few opportunities for career advancement as that would require a change to the contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None come to mind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    i work as a project specialist in the PMO office at jacobs engineering.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers.
    good benefits.
    good pay.
    flexible leadership.
    decent location.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any right now

  9.  

    good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Staten Island, NY

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    good health and workplace values; good benefits and compensation; good leaders; good development and future

    Cons

    given good health and workplace values; good benefits and compensation; good leaders; good development and future: good work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good values of health and workplace values; good benefits and compensation; good leaders; good development and future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Has the potential to be a good company if . . .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT

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

    Pros

    Overtime, comparable salary, decent workers

    Cons

    Horrible management, "good ol' boy" club, nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really enjoyed my job at Jacobs as a Project Manager (Test Officer) in support of the Special Programs Division on Dugway. After working *very* hard almost nonstop for 2 years and being awarded with numerous accolades, I was rewarded by being laid off. Just goes to show that Jacobs Dugway Team management doesn't believe in hard work; they believe in nepotism. If you aren't in the "Good Ol' Boy Club" or you are a woman in a position of power, you won't stand a chance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I've heard it's a great company to work for everywhere else but Dugway

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits; comparable pay; lots of overtime; able to manage without upper management interference (most of the time, anyway); interesting work; decent people (excluding most management).

    Cons

    Upper management is a joke; "good ol' boy" club; nepotism; their focus on safety is extreme; bottom line and bonuses are more important to management than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really enjoyed my job at Jacobs as a Project Manager in support of the Special Programs Division at Dugway. After working *very* hard almost nonstop for 2 years and being awarded with numerous accolades, I was rewarded by being laid off because I wasn't part of the "club." Just goes to show that Jacobs Dugway Team management doesn't believe in hard work; they believe in nepotism. If you aren't in the "Good Ol' Boy Club" or you are a woman in a position of power, you won't stand a chance. Management should focus more on results than on who is their friend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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