Jacobs

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Jacobs Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
766 Reviews
3.5
766 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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309 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 19 reviews)

  • The work ethics and work environment of the company promoted overall growth and learning (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Our department tried to purchase 2 new laptops for new senior management (in 22 reviews)

  • Management does not follow it's mantra of "our people are our greatest asset (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Challenging projects, great people, enjoyable work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Opportunities, opportunities, opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Grateful for my career at Jacobs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Great people and work schedule

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer III in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer III in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Get to work 4-10 schedule, very laid back, small cap projects only, no lump sum work

    Cons

    no structure, horrible cafeteria, no bonus, no christmas parties, very cheap company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad Health Insurance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Respected company that does everything in the AEC field. TOO BIG TO FAIL. Work very independant and expected to perform on your own.

    Cons

    So many employees it is hard to communicate with everyone and different divisions, and group companies. HR is not very helpful. The health insurance is extremely expensive for a large company. HR does not seem to shop around for better insurance insurance prices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs to be improved. Advance employees from within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to work 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

    Pros

    Diverse and many opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Not so much growth
    Low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more defined growth path for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Micro Management

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

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Office, Good Engineers

    Cons

    Senior Management have micro-management mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on-boarding techniques, office technology and management skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for entry level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    good pay, easy work, not too stuffy of an environment to work in, friendly people, always hiring someone, mostly interns and low level employees. There used to be a training program for site acquisition however that has not been spoken of. Really if you dont have a law school degree you can only plan on being a coordinator

    Cons

    not too much in the way of advancement, there is no training program to get you on to the next level of your career, location is near the airport so traffic is horrible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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