Jacobs

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Jacobs Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
775 Reviews
3.4
775 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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313 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.  

    Unethical

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    We get to harass contractor that works for us.

    Cons

    Unethical construction management that denies everything and lies to themselves.

  2.  

    Great people and work schedule

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Buyer III in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Buyer III in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Get to work 4-10 schedule, very laid back, small cap projects only, no lump sum work

    Cons

    no structure, horrible cafeteria, no bonus, no christmas parties, very cheap company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs (more than an year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, flex time, good benefits like 401k and employee stock purchase at a discount, pleasant working environment. I felt like our work was meaningful.

    Cons

    I started at entry level and would have benefited greatly from a little more guidance. There was definite favoritism in our department when the raises were divided up.

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  5.  

    Satisfying to say the least. Good pay and potential for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Senior Facilities Project Manager in Tooele, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Facilities Project Manager in Tooele, UT

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

    Pros

    Good transition from my military career. Opened my eyes to the civilian business world and operations in a civilian company.

    Cons

    Breaking through some of the cliques is difficult at times. Positions on a major contract should feel more stable, but difficult times make every day a crap shoot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust in your people, believe in their abilities, and give them the respect they are earning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Bad Health Insurance

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Respected company that does everything in the AEC field. TOO BIG TO FAIL. Work very independant and expected to perform on your own.

    Cons

    So many employees it is hard to communicate with everyone and different divisions, and group companies. HR is not very helpful. The health insurance is extremely expensive for a large company. HR does not seem to shop around for better insurance insurance prices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needs to be improved. Advance employees from within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Diverse and many opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Not so much growth
    Low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more defined growth path for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Micro Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Office, Good Engineers

    Cons

    Senior Management have micro-management mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on-boarding techniques, office technology and management skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for entry level

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    good pay, easy work, not too stuffy of an environment to work in, friendly people, always hiring someone, mostly interns and low level employees. There used to be a training program for site acquisition however that has not been spoken of. Really if you dont have a law school degree you can only plan on being a coordinator

    Cons

    not too much in the way of advancement, there is no training program to get you on to the next level of your career, location is near the airport so traffic is horrible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Jacobs, Tucson, AZ

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    There were no pros for this company.

    Cons

    They acquired us and proceeded to destroy the Tucson office (Mining & Minerals) as many of the engineers who had worked for them before predicted and they were not happy to be working for Jacobs again. As an admin assistant I was treated like a disposable commodity and within two years the staff went from about 150 down to 60. The mining companies in the area (FreeportMcmaran, etc.) did not want to work with Jacobs so they were not able to get any new projects. The medical benefits were terrible. Overtime became mandatory so forget work/life balance. It was dismal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of Tucson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    This comp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs

    Pros

    The work hours were flexible. Management cared about the workplace and personal safety of its employees.

    Cons

    The work load for my group could be sporadic. There were times where it seemed like it was too many employees for the amount of work.

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