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Jacobs Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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Pros
  • "Good working conditions and work life balance" (in 87 reviews)

  • "Great work environment , very employees supportive" (in 118 reviews)

Cons
  • "Need to consider work life balance for employees" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Lack of communication from upper management" (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Lancaster, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Lancaster, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits are great
    -Management is very open and communicates well
    -Training opportunites

    Cons

    -Contract work is not stable


  2. "Work Life Balance in Jacobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance, Fixed work timing, Workload is minimal

    Cons

    Limited Growth Opportunity, Increment is very low

  3. "Good solid ethical engineering company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great experienced co-workers. Great international placement opportunities for younger workers.

    Cons

    A bit dull? A very big company.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Prudhoe Bay, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of overtime, safe work environment

    Cons

    Pay scale a little bit below average


  5. "Inspector Aide"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, great coworkers

    Cons

    Benefits package is decent but it can be better


  6. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay was good for job

    Cons

    Hours were long compared to pay


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of changes over the last few years"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employee networks and benefits

    Cons

    Lots of changes lately, not all good

  8. "Great Changes!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great CEO, and leadership. I've been here 7 years, since I graduated, and Jacobs was struggling to keep up with trends. Our leadership has been a nice breath of fresh air!

    Cons

    Still some growing pains (benefits, employee recognition) but those have been addressed and changes planned

    Advice to Management

    Remember that the people really are the heart of the business


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Working Environment Ever! (CH2M now Jacobs)"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule
    Good learning experience if you work with the right people

    Cons

    No transparency in promotion. Some supervisors clearly do not know how to manage people. Its hard for a supervisor to be drinking and hanging out with some employees after work and talking behind your back and be fair to people that are not present. Really toxic and unreal working environment. Co-workers just totally ignore you day in day out. Open cubicle space but some people laugh very loud without regard for those around them. You literally need headphone to concentrate. No clearly defined training for employees which gives rise to favoritism because you learn from certain task you have been assigned. You can be left lagging if you don't ingratiate yourself and someone else does it better than you. I feel like I am wasting my time here.

    Advice to Management

    Be truthful about your diversity outreach. Most people are clearly not wanting to acknowledge and respect people from different background.
    Ask why certain supervisors are losing employees not asking what we can do so you don't leave


  10. "Great when there are contracts"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic supervisor. Enjoyed the work assignments.

    Cons

    Layoffs when contracts aren't forthcoming.

    Advice to Management

    Sales probably needs more attention.