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Jacobs Denver Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Excellent Company to Work For"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They really care about their employees need and their safety. They pay well.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management.


  2. "Very rewarding."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer V in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Engineer V in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many varied projects across multiple business units. Lots of great people. Generally well respected within the engineering community and by clients.

    Cons

    The bane of large EPCM companies is projects are typically big and if they don't have a back log of work, your time may be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Better long term planning and forecasting on work. Put serious effort into winning work and not at the expense the engineers/designers who are expected to perform top quality work at bargain basement hours. Invest in your people. Get them training and not on the clients dime.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Life at Jacobs"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People seem genuinely committed to a common success. Mostly supportive, friendly at least outwardly. A general willingness to share teach others what they know. I don't see a lot of "I'm in it for me".

    Cons

    Seems that the best choices have not been made for movement of key leaders into management positions, leading to low morale and apathy in the office. Not a direct correlation between demonstrated performance and opportunities presented (or denied).

    Advice to Management

    Office management - continue to articulate the office vision, strategy, plans, and actions, and then regular updates of the status of those to entire office staff. Upper management - more communications from Presidents of each Line of Business. What are the business sectors, metrics for those, people / office alignment strategy to support the businesses, org charts. etc. Please tell us how and where we fit in.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Excellent chance to grow and experience new technologies

    Cons

    Market ups and downs, company turnover


  5. "Employment at Jacobs"

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    Former Employee - Safety Supervisor and Trainer in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Safety Supervisor and Trainer in Aurora, CO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional for the most part.

    Cons

    Communication between departments is lacking.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Construction Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Construction Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Jacobs gets the largest jobs which are typically long term in duration

    Cons

    Their job pipeline in the Water Group is very poor. When your project is finished be prepared to be laid off or asked to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep good employees employed between projects doing proposals and chasing work. Invest in your employees with training and the latest project management tools and systems.


  7. "Senior I&C Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Instrumentation and Controls Engineer in Thornton, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Instrumentation and Controls Engineer in Thornton, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to work! Excellent benefits, 4 day work week and a great supervisor. Plenty of opportunity to move around and interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    A little top heavy and restricted to large contract work. There are many projects that Jacobs will not submit bids on due to their inability to make them profitable with the enormous amount of overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Create a small Caps group with less overhead and pursue some of the smaller projects that will keep people working through the hard times.

  8. "Jacobs Engineering Review"

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    Current Employee - Field Document Control Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Document Control Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    While there is work available, they are a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Upper management seems more focused on international work, rather than getting work in the USA

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your employees as to the real status of available work at all of your offices, especially in the USA


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and employees. Flexible schedule, very little forced overtime. Great downtown location with good public transportation access.

    Cons

    Too many Department Managers that are marginally billable charging to overhead while skilled billable employees are forced to use PTO, time off without pay (convenience leave) or modified part time (21 hours a week) while waiting for projects to startup. Billable employees are discouraged and even prohibited from charging hours to overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at who's charging to overhead. Stop the "just lay them off" solution when work slows. No one believes "People are our greatest asset".


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Former Non-Engineering Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arvada, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arvada, CO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I appreciate the opportunity to work for an engineering firm. I had the opportunity to learn a lot, but that was because I had a few good Project Engineers who enjoyed teaching and appreciated people learning.

    Cons

    Benefits are not good. Too much politics. Not many opportunities for non-engineering disciplines. When your contract is over, you are laid off with no help in finding a job.


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