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Jacobs Reviews

Updated May 28, 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. "Civil EIT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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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


  3. "Art Director"

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


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  5. "It is an OK place to work"

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    • 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.


  6. "Jacobs Engineering - Compliance Auditor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance Auditor in Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Compliance Auditor in Oak Ridge, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management and supervisor were easy to work with. Job duties were straight forward and easy to learn. Work schedule was 4 9's and a 4.

    Cons

    No potential for growth or movement in the company. Company is too large for my liking but some people like working for large corporations. No bonus potential and limited yearly raises.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to give employees bonuses for a good year. Continue the good training. Allow employees to advance within the company.


  7. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ok when thing are good

    Cons

    no understanding that employees are not completely interchangeable


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too large of an organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    People and team valued work performed

    Cons

    Company is too large; too corporate and impersonal


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "So-so"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer II in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork and leadership in my small unit of this massive company. Decent pay. Good hours. Good job security where I was at.

    Cons

    Good luck getting promoted from within. I left because they wouldn't give me the job I wanted after they paid for all my extra training. Their "beyond zero" program is a joke. I was there over 5 years and never even had the training. They like to say they "care about their people" but will throw you under the bus the first chance they get. They're so busy acquiring other companies they don't care about the employees they have.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your people and show it. Too many chiefs.


  11. "Director of Commissioning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commissioning Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Commissioning Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, good work environment

    Cons

    Lack of management engagement, Little support on growing the business from who I worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Engage in more training of employees and people skills in Field Services


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