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Jacobs Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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Pros
  • work life balance was great if you didn't let your fellow coworkers get to you (in 56 reviews)

  • Work environment is fairly relaxed (in 90 reviews)

Cons
  • Frequent changes on upper management level, frequent operations management changes (in 41 reviews)

  • Some employees are cynical about "people are our greatest asset" core value (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company but very fickle when there is no work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing smart people, best systems, fast paced

    Cons

    no job security, no 401k matching in the first year

    Advice to Management

    try to be more communicative with your employees with the near future plans


  2. "HVAC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Ppl here are awesome. Smart cats

    Cons

    Too much work that it's too much to handle


  3. "Normal Run-of-the-Mill EPC Company"

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    Current Employee - Piping Engineer II in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Piping Engineer II in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Pay is generally pretty good.
    2. Work environment is fairly relaxed. People don't question your actions every waking moment of the day.
    3. Co-workers are very diverse and make for great conversation.

    Cons

    1. Benefits are sub-standard.
    2. The organization is very corporate to a fault.
    3. Career progression is convoluted. Managers are not very transparent about how you are performing.

    Advice to Management

    1. Communicate frequently about what an employee really wants and work with him/her to accomplish those goals.
    2. Stop the blame game.


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    "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Project E in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Project E in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, lots of growth opportunities, great friendly people

    Cons

    sometimes feel lost in the large organization

    Advice to Management

    keep the networking going.


  6. "Director of Business Transformation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Currently engaged in an enterprise wide transformation

    Cons

    There is extensive travel and more than expected


  7. "So so"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, flexible hours, interesting large capital projects. Knowledgeable mentors. A great place to learn.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, no trust between upper management and lower level workers, glass ceiling, no maternity leave

    Advice to Management

    Treat professional workers as that. Do away with overtime pay and create a bonus structure to incentivize. Offer basic maternity leave without making women claim UNEMPLOYMENT.


  8. "Process Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Best-in-class employees
    - Good pay w/ benefits
    - Growth opportunities

    Cons

    - Project management typically disconnected with team
    - Meeting a schedule is fighting a Mt. Everest uphill battle


  9. "Clean"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good, fun clean work and good time for all. Happy days for everyone with a good work ethic. Everyone is very nice and accommodating.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to concentrate with everything going on around. Need to keep focused and will do fine. Having a good work ethic is key.


  10. "Core Values"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Jacobs lives up to its core values of people, safety & growth

    Cons

    Defense industry is tough for large businesses

    Advice to Management

    Look to divest and form smaller companies that can compete.


  11. "Engineer in oil chemicals and engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Outstanding culture, very nice people

    Cons

    No cons really, very nice firm



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