Jacobs

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Jacobs Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
777 Reviews
3.4
777 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safety focused and dollar driven.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The salary and their strong safety culture

    Cons

    If you are not billing hours your job is insecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so dollar driven and you will create more security for the staff and a better work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This is a very good company to work, except sometimes there is no good coordination.

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    Former Employee - Lead Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Electrical Engineer in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Large projects with high technical requirements.

    Cons

    Schedules are very tight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opinions of Leads or Department supervisors should be considered prior to making any commitment to client. Define the scope of project clearly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Jacobs

    Pros

    Good leadership, great work-life balance. the best manager I ever had in a job.

    Cons

    The job was not as it was explained in the interview. Not as creative. the manager left after 5 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    working in Jacobs for less than a year

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    they have four day holiday on every national holiday. Care safety of the employee.

    Cons

    Work life balance is perfect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your engineer. Providing opportunities for them to approach to multiple different project won't kill the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    PMO Lead

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    Current Employee - PMO Lead in Dumfries, VA
    Current Employee - PMO Lead in Dumfries, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Flucuatoins in government contracts impact longevity with company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Challenging projects, great people, enjoyable work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people at Jacobs make it a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Need to invest more on training programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deputy Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Deputy Project Manager in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Great people with a lot of growth opportunities on the government consulting side. Grew from an entry level employee to a DPM in 5 years.

    Cons

    Lack of training opportunities in house. The government consulting side is segmented into many smaller divisions. Movement between them is not easy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunities, opportunities, opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Easy to set yourself apart from others. Hard work is recognized and awarded with more responsibility.

    Cons

    Better train yourself because Jacobs isn't going to spend any $ training you outside internal company programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reimburse motivated employees that want to seek additional training and skills to improve their performance, knowledge and efficiency. If you don't, we might go someplace that will and some of us are discussing the possibility as you read this post!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Grateful for my career at Jacobs

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    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flex time, 4-10 work schedule, filtered hot/cold water in every breakroom, oftentimes weekly discipline lunch-and-learns offered, concern for safety at work and abroad, more focus recently placed on implementing healthy actions and lifestyle at work and abroad, recently placed clear career path tracks for each discipline to help assist and guide employees, freedom/encouragement/support to move to and explore other career paths, the need for more training in and improving every aspect of all discipline's jobs has been noted and has either been met or is in the process of being met, co-workers are generally genuinely helpful within the disciplines and with internal customer (other disciplines), many older engineer's display willingness to "mentor" younger engineers on projects, project's typically tend to become close and work well together towards the common project goal, there is a cafeteria on site at most locations, field/travel/international travel available for those interested, department management fosters an open-door policy, more social interactions have recently been established, salaries are very competitive, covered parking lot, security trolls the parking lots during core working hours, many intelligent and hard-workers employees

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to work from home, sometimes software was dated from our client's software usage causing issues so the company has updated to a newer software, might still be problematic if software is still not a later version that clients use, a hot lunch in the cafeteria will cost generally ~$8.50 or above, very large projects can potentially lead to many placed on company convenience leave if the client pulls the project, work-life balance can be difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Long days at times, but learned a lot while at Jacobs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the team work and collaborative working environment. Employees are dedicated, and although the workload at times required long days and sometimes weekends, there was always others right there working along with you on a project. Communication between employees wasn't perfect, but way better than what I have experienced at other employers. Everyone seemed to understand we all had the same goal - to win work and keep each other employed.

    Cons

    Depending on what group you are in, there is no career path. No consistency of reviews, setting of goals, or discussions on training for growth. Work/life balance was tough due to long work hours and weekend work at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training and career growth should be a focus for all groups.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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