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Jacobs Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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418 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Good working conditions and work life balance" (in 78 reviews)

  • "Great work environment , very employees supportive" (in 110 reviews)

Cons
  • "Need to consider work life balance for employees" (in 23 reviews)

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

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  1. "Field Buyer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Buyer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management cares about their team. I have relationships from the top to the bottom of the business and truly have connected with everyone. This company fully empowers the family culture it takes so much pride in.

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about your team. It goes a long way.


  2. "engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    fast pace environment (never bored)

    Cons

    many politics
    continual threat of being moved to another site

  3. "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    We're off every other Friday.

    Cons

    Not much direction from management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Great leaders and managers. Challenging projects. Variety of assignments. Significant opportunity.

    Cons

    Lots of travel and inconsistent work type. Very large company so can eat lost in the shuffle.


  5. "Mechanical Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, very in depth, great place to learn

    Cons

    Work can move rather slowly at times


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Management.

    Cons

    None so far. Have only been working for a few months.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Decent pay, horrible work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The compensation is good and the ability to telecommute is a plus. They also have ample project work.

    Cons

    The people. Also, the lack of training and management support is pretty astounding. I was literally dropped in a cubicle, given access to a computer, and pretty much had to figure everything else out by myself. I don't know if it's like this at every office, but the people here are all very stuck up. It reminds me of high school where everyone has their cliques and tends to look down their nose at newcomers. Also, everyone seems to think that whatever it is they are working on is more important anyone else's. Which makes it difficult if you work on 12 different projects because you can expect to have 12 different people barking orders at you and demanding that their items be made priority. This type of self-righteous attitude has been consistent across the board from what I have seen. A lot of the time the people you work with can either make coming to work tolerable (or maybe even enjoyable) or they can make it absolutely miserable. Unfortunately in this case it seems to be the latter.

    Advice to Management

    How about advise to job seekers? - DON'T DO IT! Keep looking.

  8. "Newly aquired via Merger"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Stable Company, a growing concern

    Cons

    Difficult to work across internal departments

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for folks to move internally to reduce turnover.


  9. "Millwright"

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    Current Employee - Millwright in Plaquemine, LA
    Current Employee - Millwright in Plaquemine, LA

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

    Pros

    You only work straight days

    Cons

    Pay rate not up to standard


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Cost Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team Environment, Compensation is fair

    Cons

    Management and communication are horrible and biased in most cases. Processes are over duplicated month after month causing poor productivity and "busy work".

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees rather than living in "management land"... that does not mean visiting occasionally. Make sure your actions are based on fact and not gossip.


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