Jacobs

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Jacobs Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
801 Reviews
3.4
801 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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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.  

    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
  3.  

    Positive work experience with this company

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    • 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
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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.  

    Government contract so is unstable

    • 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

    Good working relationship with management

    Cons

    Unstability due to fiscal environment

    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Fast paced environment, not enough resources

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

    I worked at Jacobs (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart business strategies - diversification and focus on relationship based sales model helps them to be somewhat more stable than some others in industry. Strong safety culture. Benefits average for the industry, below average for Fortune 500 but that's typical for E&C. Satisfaction with your job will largely be dependent on your supervisor, so interview them carefully.

    Cons

    The company expects a lot but doesn't give you enough resources to do your job adequately. Very tight on any overhead money, they want to grow, grow, grow, but don't want to put enough money into building their internal infrastructure to support the growth. White males dominate, they say they support diversity but you don't see it in leadership. Tolerant of bullies in management if they achieve results. Open plan office at Corporate is hated by staff who sit on top of each other with no privacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Penny wise and pound foolish philosophy hurts you in the long run. Abusive management is costly, you don't get the best work out of people in those circumstances so take complaints seriously and take action quickly.

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