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Jacobs Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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  • Frequent changes on upper management level, frequent operations management changes (in 42 reviews)

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

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  1. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, good people, good culture

    Cons

    Some corporate policies are mandated by headquarters and are not employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    Doing well, keep improving!


  2. "Great work family!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and managers! Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Only 6 paid holidays, raises were froze the last 3 years in my area.


  3. "Civil Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Civil EIT"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil EIT in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Civil EIT in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work flexibility, 40 hours and choice to work overtime.
    Great people to work with.
    Help with bus and parking passes.

    Cons

    Terrible health insurance.
    Slow moving company - not as quick of a progression.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more projects to allow diversity and educational opportunities.
    Provide health insurance that is helpful, most people are on their spouses plans if they can be.


  6. "Lots of Opportunity for those that ask for it..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Estimator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Estimator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities available throughout the world. Very standardized and streamlined processes. Many resources.

    Cons

    People reach project management level without well rounded experience and therefore lose touch with the people they are managing.

    The company is huge, so it becomes very easy to become just another cog in the wheel. If you are good at what you do, it's hard to move around and gain other knowledge because managers don't encourage it on a day to day basis. They say it's there but then do everything they can to keep you put, so you can easily become pigeon holed.

    Healthcare benefits are lacking especially for the size of the company. You would think they would have better buying power with the insurance companies.

    Minimal holidays in US.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what it takes for the people under you to do their job. Often managers are managing aspects of the industry for which they have no experience. i.e...architects, engineers managing cost engineers having never done an estimate in their life. Or the reverse.


  7. "Great opportunities for career advancement. Poor performing HR group."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in offices overseas, good development opportunities

    Cons

    Poor human resources support including transfer and mobility team


  8. "Tread lightly"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Art Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Business"

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

    Pros

    Great company taking steps to grow in a dynamic market.

    Cons

    Work life balance could use some work.


  11. "It is an OK place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgecrest, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgecrest, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At least where I am at it is a contracting job for the government. I have very little contact with Jacobs and work with my team on base mostly (some from Jacobs and others from the government).

    Cons

    The company is big so you can get lost in it.

    Advice to Management

    The place where I am at is shady. I don't want to get into it, but the management is shady.


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