Jacobs Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
Craig L. Martin
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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. I&C Engineer IV

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    Former Employee - I&C Engineer IV in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - I&C Engineer IV in Portland, OR

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Independently work, no micro managing, diversity, broad spectrum of work

    Cons

    Job security tied to economy

  2. senior process engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Safety is a high priority. Salaries are fair. Good people to work with. Job security Is above average.

    Cons

    Location relative to traffic is horrible. Lots of dead weight. Much more value put on perception than reality employee wise. Not enough value placed on technical ability. Benefits are horribly expensive.

    Advice to Management

    We have a good group of managers however there are always a few bad apples. If u can get on a good manager's team u can thrive. Place more value on quality vs quantity.

  3. When I first came to work here, it was a good company but it has had a lot of turnover of management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I loved being contracted out to another company.

    Cons

    In the last 4.5 years, my supervisor changed 7 times.

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  5. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Quantico, VA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits that start the first day of employment and they offer decent salaries compared to other contractors. They really seem to care about their employees. Nice people and overall great atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Like any contracting job, once your contract is up you are possibly out of a job. You will not know if your company won the contract until the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the culture of caring policy. I had a great manager and he was a pleasure to work for. I wish our contract would have been longer.

  6. Are the good times really over for good?

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    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Spent 20+ years working with wonderful supervisors; benefits were above average; compensation was superior; opportunities to work on projects outside of office region were sometimes available.

    Cons

    This company is driven by the bottom line. There are quarterly layoffs and they are made without respect to projects or clients needs. I was fortunate to be able to stay with Jacobs for 5+ years after they acquired Jordan Jones & Goulding. Almost all of the "legacy" JJG'ers have now been axed. The culture of caring that they want the world to see is naught but smoke & mirrors. My advice to anyone with this company that has 15-20 years with Jacobs is to start looking for employment because it is just a matter of time before your time will be up! If you are with a company that is about to be acquired.....RUN!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Craig Martin, You need to realize that your employees are your most valuable asset. The experienced folks that you toss out like yesterday's trash is unreal.

  7. Poject Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As mentioned, the company does offer a good life/work balance and acceptable pay.

    Cons

    We all know that engineering firm work is based upon client workload and as such there is an amount of ramp up and then lay off based upon work load. However, I have never worked for a company that practiced the "revolving door" to the extent that Jacobs does. You ZERO job security - even in the "good" times. God help you in the bad times because Jacobs surely won't No severance - no anything. Oh, and the benefits are among the weakest in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Change your business model. Respect your employees.

  8. PM

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Good learning environment for starting career

    Cons

    Huge bureaucratic culture, you need to have connection to progress

    Advice to Management

    More accountability

  9. Helpful (1)

    Site Acq

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    Former Employee - Site Acq in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Site Acq in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good supporting cast of immediate managers.

    Cons

    You are just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your non management employees more.

  10. Summer structural engineering intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs

    Pros

    Smart driven employees. Good pay (overtime is included). Great experience for a young engineer

    Cons

    Can be a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare. Highly dependent on what office you work at. Very reliant on the government for work

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire smart employees. Concentrate on diversifying clients. Don't worry as much about utilization. Keep up the very good work

  11. Great

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for training and advancement

    Cons

    Limited experience in the field

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