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.  

    Freelance Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Project Controls IV
    Former Employee - Project Controls IV

    I worked at Jacobs as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Confidence of management towards employees.
    Freedom to organize work methode.
    Appreciation in case of good results.

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of teamwork from collegues, this affects performance.
    Jacobs quality standards not always implied in order to satisfy the client.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    360° reviewing employees in order to verify team spirit and share of project information.
    Check follow up on quality procedures and work methods by lower and local management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a company for those who are career driven

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Engineering skills can be gained early in career however limited to those who are either lucky or show potential. In my case I managed to get good experience on decent projects which was good for my CV.

    Cons

    Certain departments are very restraining - training and progression is difficult, sometimes even dependant on areas which should not be on mentioned here.
    Sells themselves as an international company with opportunities to work abroad, this is not the case at ALL so don't be fooled.
    The salary is rather disgraceful for the profits the company is churning in. Especially disgraceful the salaries on offer for Chartered Engineers. If you want to be appreciated as a professional go elsewhere.
    Incredibly ungenerous when comes to trips away from home etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dilutional management must open eyes as staff . Increasing pay and opportunities will create better job satisfaction for employees and hope for staff turnover improving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Worst Management I have Witnessed!!!

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

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

    Pros

    The job that Jacobs has in Alberta Canada is close to home. The Client they work for treats people okay and with respect.

    Cons

    Treat employees with disrespect when policies are introduced or threatened by saying jobs are on the line. Constantly changing personnel around causing upsets and chaos. Load foreman on the job with so many tasks that jobs don't get completed or are done wrong with missing avenues of work. Always asking craft for help in how to help manage jobs and projects (missing or not ordering material...planning a job without ordering material....having foremen on jobs wasting time looking for material that was never ordered). Forcing craft to do substandard work. Always worried about paper work to fudge safety incidents (forcing employees to fill out paper work on possible safety which in-turn causes hazards because employee is not focused on the job in front of them). Always treating employees like under age teenagers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to take proper management couses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very unorganized no training cut throat.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Allen Park, MI
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Allen Park, MI

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay. Some interaction with engineers, get to learn some advanced tech.

    Cons

    How do i start. I worked at the allen park location as a entry level test tech. I received absolutely no training at all. They expect you to read their minds. The garage lead employees have a chip on their shoulder and they will do anything to get someone they dont like fired. They will fabricate reasons to fire you if they dont like you and fire you on your 89th day. Good luck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None dont work here unless you kiss some serious butt. And you better be a professional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wish I would have never left

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Wonderful company to work for

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    • 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 (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
  9.  

    Review of Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Khobar (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Khobar (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    I think they had a great teaching and development program and the dtaff was really helpful and cooperative, they took their time with an intern and made sure I understand how the stuff work.

    Cons

    At times i felt i didn't have much to do, for instance after a project was over we almost had like 3 days with nothing serious to do and work on, But when you are doing Internship you wanna utilize every single minute at job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Generic, but good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    Good place if you are further in your career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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