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Jacobs Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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  1. "Vice President"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay, Exciting Projects to work on, smart people

    Cons

    Management doesn't know how to do projects, doesn't invest in tools

    Advice to Management

    Stop the brain drain


  2. "HOD"

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    Former Employee - HOD in Derby, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HOD in Derby, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Engineers with good attitude

    Cons

    Poor Senior Management leading to poor staff retention

    Advice to Management

    Recruit senior management from outside of Jacobs

  3. "Mixed reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people, somewhat flexible

    Cons

    Not very family friendly; very poor healthcare options; some managers care more about the bottom line than developing employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I had a typical experience - they paid me, and I did work."

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    Former Employee - Process Engineering in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Process Engineering in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I gained lots of experience... that also means I was assigned to all the difficult jobs nobody else wanted. They were fair with raises.

    Cons

    After 5 years of traveling to make the company look good (and doing a bang-on job with client commendations), I was worth 3 days on overhead.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie - billable employees are your greatest asset.


  5. "Great Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible hours

    Cons

    Pay could be a little better


  6. "Bulk Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Get to learn and be hands on with Operator Work

    Cons

    Being a contractor could get let go anytime


  7. "Jacobs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, etc Good opportunities to work abroad.

    Cons

    Poor organisation / structure, limited works / opportunities when being re-assigned within the UK

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Commissioning Agent"

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    Current Employee - Commissioning Agent in Jacksonville, NC
    Current Employee - Commissioning Agent in Jacksonville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Make my own schedule.
    2. Laid back work atmosphere.
    3. Good mix of time spent in the field, vs spent in the office.

    Cons

    1. Spend alot of time working alone.
    2. Work remotely from home alot, if not near an office.


  9. "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    You become stronger as a person if you can with stand the general abuse.
    Clients start catching on and are removing them from site
    Benefits begin immediately

    Cons

    No room for professional development
    They are only as good as the client will allow
    Constant changes to upper management
    Managers are not promoted on merrit
    Benefits are not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at the people you have on your team some of them are doing you a huge disservice


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Just another coporate company...."

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    Current Employee - Seems to Change Depending On Which Systems You Look At!
    Current Employee - Seems to Change Depending On Which Systems You Look At!
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people and that's about it.

    Cons

    Because it's a corporate company there are simply too many overheads but they still don't really do much. If you are always out of the office (fee earning!) then you get forgotten. Lack of useful communication. Too many overpaid middle management who don't know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    KPIs for overhead staff whom are expected to bring work in (including Internal Sales). Otherwise they are just a major expense to the company.
    Get the Establishment staff to do project work or they are just a wasted resource and that's more money down the drain.


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