Jacobs Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
744 Reviews
3.5
744 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
Craig L. Martin
299 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 32 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.  

    Wish I would have never left

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, nice building, great location. Lots of opportunity for learning.

    Cons

    lower salary and high costing benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great managers who listen to you and are proactive about solving problems. They are truly interested in their employees lives and want to work as a team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Take care of the employees with gym and tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Most of the positions at ASG are based off of federal contracts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Simply The Best Company I've Ever Worked For!

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    • 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 (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
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  5.  

    Generic, but good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours.
    Nice, knowledgeable, approachable people.
    Company is working towards more progressive atmosphere: Hiring young engineers; mentoring programs; social events.
    Pay is above average.
    Opportunities to move around internally and work abroad (e.g. mechanical to project engineering, assignments in Canada, North Carolina, Saudi Arabia, etc.).
    Many opportunities for free lunch!

    Cons

    A place where older engineers come to die.
    There's still a lack of developed training program.
    Terrible health insurance.
    Individual performance feels like it goes unnoticed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on training needs to be a priority. More recognition for those who go above-and-beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good starting company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company to start with

    Cons

    Parking
    Training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Managers very friendly and care for all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    PM Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PM Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - PM Assistant in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jacobs as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supervisor was a great mentor. Huge company with options to work all over the world

    Cons

    IT issues. The training for other positions was available, just needed to do some leg work to get in contact to the right people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    No training plan, not as professional as I'm used to.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator Assistant in Bedford, NH
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator Assistant in Bedford, NH

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

    Pros

    They are friendly and the atmosphere is laid back, comfortable environment.

    Cons

    No training plan, one department doesn't know what the other is doing, company not in sync.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a uniform process, which everyone follows so the company can be in sync.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Salary and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Tech II in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President Tech II in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing has impressed me yet.

    Cons

    Insurance costs are way to expensive for what they offer. Worst insurance I've ever had. For 60,000 employees I would think a better insurance plan could be offered.
    Really no room for advancement for me.
    Management team needs major reconstruction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place if you are further in your career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Lakeland, FL

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Laid back atmosphere. If you work hard you will be recognized and given opportunities.
    If you are slacker, you will slide through and still have a job.

    Cons

    No development!! If you have 20+ years of experience this is a great "career", if you are withing 7 yrs of your career you are in trouble.
    Weak to non-existing leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in everyone, especially younger engineers.
    Be transparent and look into what "Vision" and "Mission" - statements mean and why it is important to communicate those to your people on regular bases.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Professional Company, Too Big to Fail

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    • 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 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

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