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Jacobs Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. "Class act Engineering company"

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    Current Employee - Cadd Designer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Cadd Designer in Indianapolis, IN
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    Pros

    Jacobs is no doubt a great company. There are many opportunities for advancement. They avoid layoffs at all costs. There are many locations around the world allowing for state to state transfer. Jacobs has more of a team atmosphere while holding true to a loose traditional hierarchy common to the engineering field. Input is always welcome from everyone.

    Cons

    It's hard to stay the number one Engineering company. Everyone's gunning for you.
    Being one of the best engineering companies keeps the workload high in most areas; not really a downside. Being among the best means Jacobs is contracted by the best in each respective industry. Therefore, staying on your toes is imperative; again not really a downside.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Thanks for always listening and keeping everyone in the loop!


  2. "Join an exctiting and caring company for great growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast growing company with great opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Local branch is small. Does not provide exposure to bigger corporate entity.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to visit small units.

  3. "Jacobs is a good place for a senior engineer to make a career."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technical expertise is valued. There is a lot of leeway given to perform my job function. When you do a good job, the contribution is recognized. I feel like I am running a small company inside the larger company, complete with schedule, budget, and staffing responsibilities, but without the administrative minutia. The company is growing overall, stable, and a great stock buy!

    Cons

    There is not good information flow from management to the workforce. There is even less information flow from business development to the workforce. Travel requirements seem to be rising, which is hard on family life.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with the vision of the company, the plans for growth, and the things that management is currently working on.


  4. "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Houston, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional environment, rewarding and growth oriented.

    Cons

    Old management style need to be changed

    Advice to Management

    Make company more open and inclusive


  5. "Comfortable, Professional, Meaningful"

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    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Destin, FL
    Current Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Destin, FL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work supporting US Air Force future weapons
    Supportive team environment
    No politics
    Completely empowered to perform

    Cons

    No upward mobility locally
    Average pay

    Advice to Management

    Consider greater share of profit sharing for high performing individuals


  6. "Satisfied Employee"

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    Current Employee - Flight Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Flight Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Autonomy. I am able to form my own atmosphere based on teh programs I am involved in. Creates very little stress. Company, though not near my working location, is in touch often enough to remain involved in the inner-workings of the company.

    Cons

    As a contract position, not much room for advancement. Having that status limits a person to the confines of the job description and salary you agreed to when hired. But, you understand that when hired, also. Additionally, exempt employees still have to account for hours and overtime is not authorized. So it is 80 and out for your two week period even if you still have lots to do.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the peoplesoft adminitrative tasks for the exempt, salaried employees. It is just a time wasting experience. Other than that, I am 100% glad I work here!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer II in Lexington, MA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities within the company. Flexibility to move around. Company cares about grooming and retaining talent.

    Cons

    Remote sites sometimes could use more corp. news visibility. Field offices may have difficulty fostering belonging feelings to corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Less emphasis on the safety drum beat. A little overkill. We get it already.

  8. "Best Company I've Ever Worked For"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    top pay, interesting projects, good management, customer-focused

    Cons

    none. Top company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    really nothing...keep bringing the business in.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company. Focused on doing the right thing for employees. Proud of the work we do in support of country."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Team Member in Tullahoma, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Team Member in Tullahoma, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging Work, Competent Staff, Competitive Salaries & Benefits, Caring Leadership, Work-Life Balance, Humble Culture, Able to Grow Professionally and Personally

    Cons

    Lack of Branding (reference humility in "Pros" section), Communication to employees from top leadership (might blog or visit sites more)

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the Culture of Caring and continue focus outside of just safety with that mindset. Proud of this company.


  10. "Very positive work envirnment and dedicated to the client and the employee."

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    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in El Paso, TX
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very supportive in continuing education and want to see employee suceed.

    Cons

    Their business is focused in industrial and infrastructure...not enough on vertical building construction. With the "largeness" of the company, it can be daunting to know faces and where all the relationships tie together.

    Advice to Management

    They act like a large company and could gain additional market share if they would explore some non-traditional sources of buisness.


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