Jacobs Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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. 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
  2. Senior Designer/3D piper

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    employees fun to work with

    Cons

    Management very poor skills and cannot perform

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The engineering Management need replaced or trained to promote the company better that run customers off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 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

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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Terrible management, unprofessional environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Nothing but high salary. Not worth the lousy benefits, management and co-workers.

    Cons

    Management is clueless, executive assistants are cliquey, unprofessional and dangerous.terrible venefits, no sick time. Only 6 major holidays off. Do not care about employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all your current Ececutive Assiatants and Senior Mabagement and start from scratch. Consider outsourcing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. Ups and Downs

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Jacobs as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I get paid fairly well for the work I am doing. There is always something to do to keep me busy.

    Cons

    The project has not been managed very effectively or efficiently, both because of direct management and because of the client. Yet, blame seems to be shifted to the contractors who have done what they're told throughout the whole process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more direct with the clients they take on in order to ensure things are done right the first time and to prevent wasting time and resources later on down the line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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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