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Jacobs Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
804 Reviews
3.4
804 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
Craig L. Martin
320 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    No problems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company has always looked out for me even as the actual jobs I was performing came to an end. I have transitioned into 2 other positions with no problems.

    Cons

    None really to speak of... most my time with this company I was overseas... with that being said I did not have to deal with to much bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Performance Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in India, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in India, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Not any pros regarding performance review. Bosses start advising rather than acknowledging.

    Cons

    Your career growth depends on Boss and not on the performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the Review process and improve adamant bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible work environment, full of immature employee cliques!

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    Former Employee - Sinulator in Shelby Township, MI
    Former Employee - Sinulator in Shelby Township, MI

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

    Pros

    Pay is okay. They will hire just about anyone, regardless of experience or education. Pool table in building and casual dress.

    Cons

    - Extremely long working hours (40+ minimum)
    - Disrespectful, Racist and Sexist Employees
    - Some employees bring their firearms on company property (against company policy)
    - Employee Cliques
    - Managers don't accommodate to life outside of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with experience and accommodate those who have lives outside of the office. Learn to be a leader, not a dictator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    business first, employee second.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    good environment for someone not conscious of their surroundings

    Cons

    leadership, office culture, poor management, favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    personal growth and professional training options.

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

    Working as Senior Purchase Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Purchase Engineer in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Purchase Engineer in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good management style of working .

    Cons

    Sluggish growth, promotion does not depend upon performance but on timely manner

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth on performance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced environment, not enough resources

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart business strategies - diversification and focus on relationship based sales model helps them to be somewhat more stable than some others in industry. Strong safety culture. Benefits average for the industry, below average for Fortune 500 but that's typical for E&C. Satisfaction with your job will largely be dependent on your supervisor, so interview them carefully.

    Cons

    The company expects a lot but doesn't give you enough resources to do your job adequately. Very tight on any overhead money, they want to grow, grow, grow, but don't want to put enough money into building their internal infrastructure to support the growth. White males dominate, they say they support diversity but you don't see it in leadership. Tolerant of bullies in management if they achieve results. Open plan office at Corporate is hated by staff who sit on top of each other with no privacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Penny wise and pound foolish philosophy hurts you in the long run. Abusive management is costly, you don't get the best work out of people in those circumstances so take complaints seriously and take action quickly.

  8.  

    Government contract so is unstable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Good working relationship with management

    Cons

    Unstability due to fiscal environment

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    So far so good

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apprentice Civil Engineer in York, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Apprentice Civil Engineer in York, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful staff
    Good working environment
    Great benefits
    Certain expenses paid for
    Travel regularly
    Great starting wage as an apprentice

    Cons

    expenses sometimes take a while to be repaid but are always repaid without fail
    Nothing else I can really say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    I've heard it's a great company to work for everywhere else but Dugway

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits; comparable pay; lots of overtime; able to manage without upper management interference (most of the time, anyway); interesting work; decent people (excluding most management).

    Cons

    Upper management is a joke; "good ol' boy" club; nepotism; their focus on safety is extreme; bottom line and bonuses are more important to management than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really enjoyed my job at Jacobs as a Project Manager in support of the Special Programs Division at Dugway. After working *very* hard almost nonstop for 2 years and being awarded with numerous accolades, I was rewarded by being laid off because I wasn't part of the "club." Just goes to show that Jacobs Dugway Team management doesn't believe in hard work; they believe in nepotism. If you aren't in the "Good Ol' Boy Club" or you are a woman in a position of power, you won't stand a chance. Management should focus more on results than on who is their friend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Has the potential to be a good company if . . .

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dugway, UT

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

    Pros

    Overtime, comparable salary, decent workers

    Cons

    Horrible management, "good ol' boy" club, nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really enjoyed my job at Jacobs as a Project Manager (Test Officer) in support of the Special Programs Division on Dugway. After working *very* hard almost nonstop for 2 years and being awarded with numerous accolades, I was rewarded by being laid off. Just goes to show that Jacobs Dugway Team management doesn't believe in hard work; they believe in nepotism. If you aren't in the "Good Ol' Boy Club" or you are a woman in a position of power, you won't stand a chance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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