Jacobs Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director 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. 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2. 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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for training and advancement

    Cons

    Limited experience in the field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I enjoy my work but I work at customer site

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Brandywine, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Brandywine, MD

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Enjoy hands on experience with configuration and design

    Cons

    travel time to long to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management doing a good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Jacobs Engineering - A Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer - Drill & Blast in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer - Drill & Blast in New York, NY

    I worked at Jacobs

    Pros

    A Great Place to Work. You will meet a great professional team that operate with great excellence and commitment to having their jobs done

    Cons

    Employee Benefits not great. Medical, Dental and Eye are very expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should run programs to improve Employee to employee relationship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Jacobs is one of the most selfish companies that I have ever worked for.

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    Current Employee - Structural Design Lead in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Structural Design Lead in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Really I found nothing good in working for Jacobs, but I have to write something here anyway. They had nice computers.

    Cons

    Jacobs bought the company out that I was working for. They came in and destroyed the structure of the company and the worked do dropped. Jacobs put me on leave and laid off several others. Upper management does not understand loyalty to it's employees. They only understand the bottom line. I had a vacation scheduled and they put me on leave do they wouldn't have to pay PTO. So don't go to work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to people under you. The bottom line is not the only thing in having a successful business. If you want to have loyal employees, you need to start by being loyal to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Little communication and even less training.

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    Former Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Supervisor willing to listen to any questions I had. Coworkers (non-management) were willing to help when I asked questions.

    Cons

    Little communication as to the overall picture of the job. My supervisor never gave me an overall picture as to the job I was doing. I had to ask coworkers about the different aspects of my job. This was due to the fact that I received no training when I was hired. Management overly concerned that employees were working 40 hours than the quality of work done (quantity vs. quality). Overall bad communication within the company from supervisor to VP.

    Other companies in similar work allow work-from-home programs which were available for some and not others. No idea why some could work from home entirely whereas others could never work from home.

    There was also no room for promotion within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create a training program for new hires. A course on communication for managers would also be helpful. Corporate culture needs to change as no one seems to want to be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good For Some.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, great work schedule.

    Cons

    Little promoting from within, no career development and no incentives or motivation to improve skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the talent within the company, help develop it and use it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good Employer.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Stability.
    Work flexibility. As long as you get the work done no one cares where you work from. This varies by office though and your supervisor though.

    Cons

    If you can't keep up to billability you are out.
    I have noticed people sleeping at work (open workstation, not closed) :D). Don't know if I will find this else where.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Up and down experience, never consistent work.

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    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed traveling to all of the various places I was able to work on projects.

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible and rather than laying you off when there's no work they make you take time without pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aggressively go after work to keep employees employed and care about your employees, so they feel appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Take the good with the bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary and time-off, partial paid education benefit.

    Cons

    No career growth opportunities, no raises, no bonuses or monetary awards, mediocre health insurance offerings, no telecommuting allowed, leadership seems more concerned with the bottom dollar than with the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If pay raises are not possible, a better use of the annual review period might be for supervisors to spend time with their reports discussing career growth potential so employees don't feel stuck and leave for greener pastures. Consider offering additional benefits that will improve how employees view your employee family relations, such as paid paternity/maternity leave.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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