Jacobs Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    senior process engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Safety is a high priority. Salaries are fair. Good people to work with. Job security Is above average.

    Cons

    Location relative to traffic is horrible. Lots of dead weight. Much more value put on perception than reality employee wise. Not enough value placed on technical ability. Benefits are horribly expensive.

    Advice to Management

    We have a good group of managers however there are always a few bad apples. If u can get on a good manager's team u can thrive. Place more value on quality vs quantity.

  2. Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Treats employees fairly. Helps find projects for you to work on.

    Cons

    Not the best benefits out there.

  3. Lower paid version of a project engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working environment and schedule

    Cons

    Don't feel appreciated by upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't loose site of the little guys

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Tech/Maintenance supervisor/Specialty Tech

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, TN

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits are competivly

    Cons

    Not compatible to longterm employment

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating rules that people cannot work with

  6. Engineering Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job is very interesting and very educational

    Cons

    Job Security, the way the handled the lay offs

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees and at least act like you care about them.

  7. When I first came to work here, it was a good company but it has had a lot of turnover of management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I loved being contracted out to another company.

    Cons

    In the last 4.5 years, my supervisor changed 7 times.

  8. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Quantico, VA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Quantico, VA

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits that start the first day of employment and they offer decent salaries compared to other contractors. They really seem to care about their employees. Nice people and overall great atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Like any contracting job, once your contract is up you are possibly out of a job. You will not know if your company won the contract until the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the culture of caring policy. I had a great manager and he was a pleasure to work for. I wish our contract would have been longer.

  9. Are the good times really over for good?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Piping Designer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Spent 20+ years working with wonderful supervisors; benefits were above average; compensation was superior; opportunities to work on projects outside of office region were sometimes available.

    Cons

    This company is driven by the bottom line. There are quarterly layoffs and they are made without respect to projects or clients needs. I was fortunate to be able to stay with Jacobs for 5+ years after they acquired Jordan Jones & Goulding. Almost all of the "legacy" JJG'ers have now been axed. The culture of caring that they want the world to see is naught but smoke & mirrors. My advice to anyone with this company that has 15-20 years with Jacobs is to start looking for employment because it is just a matter of time before your time will be up! If you are with a company that is about to be acquired.....RUN!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Craig Martin, You need to realize that your employees are your most valuable asset. The experienced folks that you toss out like yesterday's trash is unreal.

  10. Poject Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As mentioned, the company does offer a good life/work balance and acceptable pay.

    Cons

    We all know that engineering firm work is based upon client workload and as such there is an amount of ramp up and then lay off based upon work load. However, I have never worked for a company that practiced the "revolving door" to the extent that Jacobs does. You ZERO job security - even in the "good" times. God help you in the bad times because Jacobs surely won't No severance - no anything. Oh, and the benefits are among the weakest in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Change your business model. Respect your employees.

  11. PM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jacobs

    Pros

    Good learning environment for starting career

    Cons

    Huge bureaucratic culture, you need to have connection to progress

    Advice to Management

    More accountability

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