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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. "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.


  2. "Systems Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancing your skills, access to copious amounts of online training. True to the Growth of thier core value

    Cons

    I cannot speak for all of Jacobs however, the section where I worked had several "bully" managers. This behavior was not corrected... more like rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you are rewarding the right behavior. Not just pushing aside mistreatment of your People.


  3. "Electical EIT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment and reasonable expectations when it comes to projects.

    Cons

    Lack of emphasis on personal development. Driven strictly by profit. No diversity of work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the actual employees and their teamwork ability.


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  5. "Flexibek"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sr Project Engineer in Antwerp (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Sr Project Engineer in Antwerp (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    Flexibele uren en vakantieregeling. Werkt met verschillende mensen samen en voor verschillende klant. Je krijgt er na verloop van tijd, kansen om door te groeien.

    Cons

    Middelmatige betaler. Soms te overdreven Amerikaanse visie.

    Advice to Management

    Ervaren collega's niet vergeten te waarderen.


  6. "Take your opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Varied opportunities available (but you have to look for them and grab them when they come along)
    - Good processes
    - Some really fantastic people

    Cons

    - Focus on bill hours is crippling, too focused on this single metric
    - Lots of legacy issues and favoritism towards offices/ sectors (internal conflict can be infuriating)

    Advice to Management

    - Recognise talent and support them
    - Pressure on billability undermines 'people are our greatest asset' mantra


  7. "Very Good Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of caring. Diverse project types. Individuals are invested with clear authority and responsibility for project ownership and success.

    Cons

    The fracture nature of project centric embedment can strain inter-company relationships and present challenges to continuity of a singular corporate culture.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for dispersed project teams to commingle both professionally and socially. Increase training to propagate best practices, continuity of corporate culture and improve cohesion of employee since of belonging to a larger mission.


  8. "Bonne ambiannce"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    belle ambiance, beaux projets, siège a paris

    Cons

    trop de chefs de projet,

    Advice to Management

    valorisez plus vos collaborateurs


  9. "Civil EIT"

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    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.


  10. "Graduate Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Tier 1 company which means opportunity to work on some large-scale projects from time to time. Strong emphasis on excellence and opportunity to learn from some experienced and highly talented engineers.

    Cons

    Graduate development program = 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Graduate development program is way too long compared to other Top Tier companies. This should be reviewed so that retention rates of Graduates can be improved.


  11. "Civil Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexi time, option of half day Fridays, good opportunity for progression, good opportunity for international assignments, good management structure

    Cons

    Salary only ok with cost of living in Dublin, location of office, parking poor during periods of peak projects, no health insurance , 20days holidays but option to buy more (up to 5days)

    Advice to Management

    Introduce leadership training to mid-level management.


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