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Jacobs Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
797 Reviews
3.4
797 Reviews
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Jacobs President, CEO, and Director Craig L. Martin
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316 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.  

    Wonderful company to work for

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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

    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
  2.  

    Generic, but good

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    • 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
  3.  

    good starting company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good company to start with

    Cons

    Parking
    Training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Managers very friendly and care for all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    PM Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PM Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - PM Assistant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Supervisor was a great mentor. Huge company with options to work all over the world

    Cons

    IT issues. The training for other positions was available, just needed to do some leg work to get in contact to the right people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Technician

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    Government work. Little to no oversight, no supervision to speak of ... keep your head down and mouth shut ... as long as you are billable, out of sight, you are out of your mind ... and theirs.

    Cons

    The supervision has no ethics. That would get in the way of making money off the government. If you work for them you work in a co-employment environment with the subcontractors and the government where doing anything may not be the right thing ... look behind the facade before working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop your co-employment behavior. gain some ethical work behavior. Power corrupts, absolute power absolutely corrupts. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    ok place

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    • Culture & Values
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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

    money money money money money

    Cons

    lots of contradicitions and not enough vacation time or sick

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop saying people are your greatest asset when they are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good opportunity to work with major automotive company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI

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

    Pros

    I am contracted to a major automotive company, and I get to work with their engineers on a daily basis, while I build up my knowledge base. Working with Jacobs allows me to get my foot in the door, and build connections that may be useful later in my career. My work schedule is the same everyday, so I always know I will be home by a certain time, and I have never had issues when I needed time off

    Cons

    The pay scales are below average for the work that we are doing. Many employees use the jobs here to gain experience before leaving for other employers that are willing to pay more. Many employees have complained that supervisors are unwilling to give raises which is a huge demotivator.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to consider paying more for salary and hourly employees, to attract more skilled employees. The employees that are being hired a very under-qualified, and the people that are qualified won't take the jobs because the pay is not enough. The under-qualified workers add more stress, and higher workloads onto everybody else which causes the qualified employees to leave for better paying jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a positive experience at Jacobs UK

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Jacobs

    Pros

    I worked on a variety of projects in different locations. Fewer redundancies in our department during the recession compared to our competitors.

    Cons

    Training and mentoring lacking. My line management was appalling. Our department had a four year salary freeze despite company reporting a profit. Never experienced an environment were morale was so universally low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management need to demonstrate some investment in employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  11.  

    Good place if you are further in your career.

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    • 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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