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Jacobs Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • work life balance was great if you didn't let your fellow coworkers get to you (in 57 reviews)

  • Work environment is fairly relaxed (in 92 reviews)

Cons
  • Frequent changes on upper management level, frequent operations management changes (in 41 reviews)

  • Some employees are cynical about "people are our greatest asset" core value (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Telecommunications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Other departments teams are highly motivated and helpful

    Cons

    Poor management that provides no guidance
    Growth is based on socializing/who you know, rather than fairness
    There are no raises
    The only recognition of a good work is more work (be ready to cover other people gaps and mistakes)
    Management and a few peers will take advantage of you, steal your ideas and take credit for it
    You are treated as disposable

    Advice to Management

    Just because your "friend" is your friend, does not mean (s)he is the right person or fit the qualities for promotion or benefits.
    Learn how to manage before become a manager.

    Obs.: Revise your entire department structure or the company will fail and there will be more than monetary consequences.


  2. "Control Systems Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    The location of the office was very convenient and the schedule was flexible

    Cons

    There is no investment on training


  3. "Good Company but very fickle when there is no work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    amazing smart people, best systems, fast paced

    Cons

    no job security, no 401k matching in the first year

    Advice to Management

    try to be more communicative with your employees with the near future plans


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  5. "HVAC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Ppl here are awesome. Smart cats

    Cons

    Too much work that it's too much to handle


  6. "Project Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with in my department.

    Cons

    Salary increases are terrible. Not enough people to handle workload.


  7. "%100 Corporate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Lima, OH
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Lima, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay, benefits, lots of overtime

    Cons

    you are just a number, don't stand up for what's right (that's not the company motto), profits over people.

    Advice to Management

    Jacobs is run from the top down with a keen eye on the bottom line. So management are generally miserable people to be around


  8. "Normal Run-of-the-Mill EPC Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Piping Engineer II in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Piping Engineer II in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Pay is generally pretty good.
    2. Work environment is fairly relaxed. People don't question your actions every waking moment of the day.
    3. Co-workers are very diverse and make for great conversation.

    Cons

    1. Benefits are sub-standard.
    2. The organization is very corporate to a fault.
    3. Career progression is convoluted. Managers are not very transparent about how you are performing.

    Advice to Management

    1. Communicate frequently about what an employee really wants and work with him/her to accomplish those goals.
    2. Stop the blame game.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project E in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Project E in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, lots of growth opportunities, great friendly people

    Cons

    sometimes feel lost in the large organization

    Advice to Management

    keep the networking going.


  10. "Director of Business Transformation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Currently engaged in an enterprise wide transformation

    Cons

    There is extensive travel and more than expected


  11. "So so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.



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