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Jacobs Dallas Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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  1. "Not what they appear to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Someplace to work just to pad your work history. Wouldn't stay there more than a few years.

    Cons

    Very behind as far as benefits, good amount of PTO but no sick days so employee's come to work sick rather than using PTO putting everyone else at risk.

    Advice to Management

    None, they don't listen anyway.


  2. Helpful (3)

    ""Striving for Mediocrity""

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    Former Employee - Principal Architect in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Architect in Dallas, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    "Base" compensation, but no additional bonus, profit sharing or ownership incentives, workplace setting is somewhat up to date, training programs

    Cons

    Poor corporate culture, stale/outdated brand, lackluster talent pool, multi layers of ineffective management, absurd amount of policies, procedures, forms that inhibit the nimbleness of the firm, absolutely zero architectural design sense.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the executive suites and interact with all levels of staff, periodically. Provide better transparency as to the firms vision for the future. Attract better talent.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional and incompetent HR group"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than a year)

    Pros

    I guess if I have to provide a pro it is that the Dallas office location is easily accessible.

    Cons

    As previous posts have mentioned, Jacobs is going through a massive reorganization. This has not missed HR. HR has been decentralized and now reports to the business. Look around the HR group and 90% of the people have been employed there less than 2 years.

    This, in and of itself is not the worst thing that could happen. Our prior SVP was incompetent to say the least and had no relationship building skills. However, this change has made the corporate HR team even more a mess.

    Take the comp and benefits for example. I don't know how Jacobs recruits people given the lousy benefits. Deductibles are through the roof and the premiums are just as bad. Dental, 401k and health incentives are all bad as well. There is no central pay structure, formal merit increases in compensation. Which means a free for all.

    Next is recruiting. There is no central recruiting. Very decentralized and one person has no idea what the other is doing.

    Then there is talent management. last year they brought in a "team" to build programs. The problem is the programs that once were global are now obsolete. I feel sorry for the two guys they brought on because they were talented and the best thing to happen to that group in a long time and now they are stuck in the mud with incompetent directors who had years to get these things done and failed. Speaking of directors...why they need 3 directors in a department of 8 is laughable. These directors are not respected in any group.

    Then there is compliance. There is no such thing. policies are inconsistent. Businesses are allowed to develop their own SOP's. When I left they were planning to change that but decentralizing the department prior to beginning this initiative does not make sense.

    The HR field staff is hit or miss. You have HR leaders in Europse who act as if they own the company and have a very narrow view of HR.

    I agree with the past comments of the talking heads of the company. They will post blogs and questions to the employees as if he is going to do something with the information. Here's an idea, why not work with HR to understand employees?

    Long story short, no career progression. No career development. No recognition. No strategy = me leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your corporate HR group. You have too many management people in management and those who are in management have no clue how to turn this ship around.


  4. "Civil Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and a very good learning environment.

    Cons

    Less young crowd to interact.


  5. "Art Director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Art Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can work in almost any major city around the world.

    Cons

    Some disciplines have little job advancement.


  6. "Tread lightly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits Jacobs has favorable work hours, has excellent benefits, great insurance good 401k and stock options and a safety focused culture.

    Cons

    The management group that I worked under had had their own agenda that was often in conflict with the needs and desires of the client which often placed employees who were attempting to serve the client at odds with our management team.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your rhetoric about making sure that the client's need are paramount. Don't punish employees who are attempting to do a good job for the client.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    nice people

    Cons

    Very large company get treated like a number not a person
    behind in technology systems

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money on updating your companies systems

  8. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ok when thing are good

    Cons

    no understanding that employees are not completely interchangeable


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Structural Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work can be interesting, when work is available.

    Cons

    If one is on overhead, start looking.

    Advice to Management

    Need better marketing and a lot less management.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Summer Internship Program"

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    Former Intern - Architecture Summer in Dallas, TX
    Former Intern - Architecture Summer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Jacobs was a great learning environment. I learned a lot by working next to architects and engineers during my three-month stay.

    Cons

    The only real con is that they did not match the types of buildings I saw myself designing. Other than that there were no real cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Your staff can processes can only get better under the right management!


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