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Jacobs Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. "Amazing Company"

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

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    This company is very good. I have had many gifts while here. They also provide you with all the tools you need to succeed.

    Cons

    The way Paid Time Off is given is it accumulates instead of being given directly.


  2. "JACOBS"

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

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good company. Lots of opportunity for career minded individuals.

    Cons

    Open concept office in some locations

  3. "My time with Jacobs"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked for Jacobs at three (3) different locations/organizations. One (1) the (AEC) design/build/construct group was organized and performed really well on all the projects I participated on from cradle to grave. The other two (2) organizations handled facility management very poorly. I received a very good compensation package along progressive pay increases for the 3.5 years I was with Jacobs I would work for the again.

    Cons

    Management communication and enforcing age long best practices/policies were not consistence throughout the entire organization.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your founders concept.


  4. "Big corporation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs part-time

    Pros

    Great culture big projects, advancement

    Cons

    Silo thinking, bad clients, safety focus is nauseating


  5. "Just an Opinion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Very demanding atmosphere along with excellent abilities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Constant struggle being completely billable.


  6. "Love my job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good location, nice hours, great place to work!

    Cons

    Executive office upstairs, but we never see anyone come down to observe operations or interact with employees


  7. "Civil Engineer / Construction Manager"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer/Construction Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer/Construction Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International opportunities. Ability to work on the largest infrastructure projects in the world. Good compensation.

    Cons

    Bare-bone benefits in terms of holidays and PTO. Bonuses are very rare.

    Advice to Management

    More paid Holidays should be part of the standard benefits package.

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    "Overbearing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie with peers
    Nice office location

    Cons

    Overbearing governance
    Lack of trust in staff intelligence or judgement
    A drive to delight clients but then put as many barriers in the way as possible to prevent this.
    Pigeon holes into role no matter how many times you ask about variety of work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Jr. Structural Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Junior Structural Engineer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Current Employee - Junior Structural Engineer in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

    Pros

    There is good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not enough exposure in terms of structural engineering. Not enough training events on technical knowledge.


  10. "Jacobs has become typical"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally a good working environment.
    Professional teams.
    Opportunities worldwide.
    EPC leader in various industries
    Good safety culture with emphasis on home safety as well as workplace.
    Interoffice opportunities, though that is changing as each office becomes more territorial.

    Cons

    *Too much focusing each office to an industry segment. This results in lost opportunities for other offices when the sales efforts are not coordinated.
    *Some tools are outdated or non-existent, though there is an effort underway to improve.

    Advice to Management

    The trend to concentrate industries within specific offices will hamper the ability of offices to support one another and degrade the versatility of the staff. Jacobs no longer differentiates itself from other EPC firms as it moves towards a more transactional client approach and continues growth through acquisitions.


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