Jacobs Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
728 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with half days on Fridays (in 31 reviews)

  • Good working relationships & good people was primary motivation for a long period at Jacobs (in 26 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Professional Company, Too Big to Fail

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Best company in the field. The employees seem smarter and better than other companies. Top performers in their perspective fields.

    Cons

    Cost of Medical Benefits are too high for a 70k + employer. 5% Stock discount is too low.. The company is so large there is disconnect between the departments and various companies within hte group. Problems with communications between the higharchy of the company. The 1st line management that is performing the actual work and bringing in the repeat clients is given all the responsibility with little help from the office "overhead" people. Emplyees are left scrambling after each project to find the next or laid off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    People come first

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Long hours, remote work, with nice company benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes management does not tell employees the bigger picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    High pay, interesting projects. A great place to build your resume for your next job.

    Cons

    When the work slows start looking for a new job because it is miserable.

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  5.  

    Excellent place to gain industry experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II  in  Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Beaumont, TX

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to gain industry experience.
    Exposure to clients( i.e. networking). This gave me the ability to increase my salary by nearly 30% when I left.
    Great work life balance at the alliance I worked at.
    Safety culture is second to none.
    High employee turn over rate yielded opportunity for increased responsibility.
    My alliance manager, discipline manager, and co-workers were top notch.
    Up to date on technology.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful. I paid over $9k out of pocket for a dependents broken arm on top of an expensive premium.
    Annual raises were dispersed evenly over department. If I'm a top performer; show me the money!
    High employee turn over rate sometimes effects project completion efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give meaningful raises to those that earn it. Don't reward those that don't show initiative. The high turn over rate in the industry means that you'll have to replace an employee with one of equal experience at a higher pay rate or find a lesser experienced candidate to fill the position. There's benefits to having a long standing employee base.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Safety Engineer  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Senior Safety Engineer in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Jacobs as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Execute Task Independently with positive criticism

    Cons

    Provide timely notice of change of policy and management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Short, but enjoyable time with company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Operations Technician  in  Quantico, VA
    Former Employee - Network Operations Technician in Quantico, VA

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, management is highly flexible, great learning opportunities. This company is part of a rare section of the IT community who believes in supporting their employees as much if not more than the customer.

    Cons

    Office could be sporadic a lot of the time. Work is not clearly defined and I often had to find or beg for projects to work on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Corporate pros and cons

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

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

    Pros

    Jacobs is large, involved in lots of interesting work, and full of resources. There are plenty of opportunities available and work seems stable.

    Cons

    It's a very corporate and structured working environment. The corporate bureaucracy can be as onerous as the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've heard some horror stories about local management before I came on board being really lack luster, but since I've joined the company the management has been decent and continues to improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Opportunities for emerging engineers

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

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, room to grow, work with various clients

    Cons

    no training budget, have to ask several times for desired oppurtunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more flexibility if worker wants to relocate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Inside Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Manager

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work with. Lots of opportunities to work on multi-disciplinary projects and cross-cultural teams. The company also provides good learning opportunities and training. The company has open door policy.

    Cons

    Like in most other companies some favoritism. Lots of processes which are difficult to keep track.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of training course you can take to extend your education. Good working environment.

    Cons

    No Bonuses. Very Political industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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