Jacobs Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
733 Reviews
3.4
733 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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294 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 18 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, flexible work schedule with half days on Fridays (in 38 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.  

    Simply The Best Company I've Ever Worked For!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Director/Manager, Defense Programs  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Project Director/Manager, Defense Programs in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    They're always looking for ways to improve the way they handle their management teams internally. We're allowed to perform.

    Cons

    I cannot think of a single thing right now!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not always about the bottom line. It is about the people and relationships both inside and outside of Jacobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Professional Company, Too Big to Fail

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best company in the field. The employees seem smarter and better than other companies. Top performers in their perspective fields.

    Cons

    Cost of Medical Benefits are too high for a 70k + employer. 5% Stock discount is too low.. The company is so large there is disconnect between the departments and various companies within hte group. Problems with communications between the higharchy of the company. The 1st line management that is performing the actual work and bringing in the repeat clients is given all the responsibility with little help from the office "overhead" people. Emplyees are left scrambling after each project to find the next or laid off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    People come first

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Long hours, remote work, with nice company benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes management does not tell employees the bigger picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A good firm

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    High pay, interesting projects. A great place to build your resume for your next job.

    Cons

    When the work slows start looking for a new job because it is miserable.

  6.  

    Excellent place to gain industry experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II  in  Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Beaumont, TX

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent place to gain industry experience.
    Exposure to clients( i.e. networking). This gave me the ability to increase my salary by nearly 30% when I left.
    Great work life balance at the alliance I worked at.
    Safety culture is second to none.
    High employee turn over rate yielded opportunity for increased responsibility.
    My alliance manager, discipline manager, and co-workers were top notch.
    Up to date on technology.

    Cons

    Benefits are awful. I paid over $9k out of pocket for a dependents broken arm on top of an expensive premium.
    Annual raises were dispersed evenly over department. If I'm a top performer; show me the money!
    High employee turn over rate sometimes effects project completion efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give meaningful raises to those that earn it. Don't reward those that don't show initiative. The high turn over rate in the industry means that you'll have to replace an employee with one of equal experience at a higher pay rate or find a lesser experienced candidate to fill the position. There's benefits to having a long standing employee base.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Safety Engineer  in  New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Senior Safety Engineer in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Jacobs as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Execute Task Independently with positive criticism

    Cons

    Provide timely notice of change of policy and management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Been Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

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

    Pros

    They have been up front, like more laid back then other company which is good and bad.

    Cons

    Project manager (as usual) are sometime unrealistic to deliverables to hrs and time. Project Engineers are lacking general knowledge of all disciplines, they know one or two...not the best I have worked with...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wok on your Project Engineering program. They should understand who all the parts fit together...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Corporate pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Jacobs is large, involved in lots of interesting work, and full of resources. There are plenty of opportunities available and work seems stable.

    Cons

    It's a very corporate and structured working environment. The corporate bureaucracy can be as onerous as the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've heard some horror stories about local management before I came on board being really lack luster, but since I've joined the company the management has been decent and continues to improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company pays well

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The employees are well compensated.

    Cons

    Management leaves a lot to be desired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thinking I made a mistake.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Designer  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Designer in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, descendent benefits (401k). Health benefits lacking for such a large company. My wife and I carry our own health insurance and pay less for the same coverage.

    Cons

    Pay is good as long as you have work. If there is no work the "unwritten rule" is to go home and use your vacation time. If you charge to much time on General time (Nothing to do) then you will be asked to kindly leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be involved with your employees more than just at staff meetings. Improve the culture by creating a more secure environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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