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Jacobs Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Systems Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, good people, good culture

    Cons

    Some corporate policies are mandated by headquarters and are not employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    Doing well, keep improving!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very talented colleagues
    Good retirement benefits
    Good environment for "go getters" If you want to try something a little different and can put together a good pitch to management you can usually get the opportunities you want, as long as there is not financial impact.

    Cons

    High turnover
    Company is constantly in flux due to aggressive growth strategy - i.e. gobbling up smaller companies
    Financial performance is put above all else, often to the detriment of clients

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Control Systems Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Management is fair and sincere. Pay is good. Hours and workload are good.

    Cons

    Many jobs are being outsourced to foreign countries. The goal of how much work that is outsourced increases each year.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting Americans out of work with outsourcing!


  4. "Systems Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Great work family!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and managers! Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Only 6 paid holidays, raises were froze the last 3 years in my area.


  7. "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.

  8. "Civil Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and a very good learning environment.

    Cons

    Less young crowd to interact.


  9. "Lots of Opportunity for those that ask for it..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Cost Estimator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Estimator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities available throughout the world. Very standardized and streamlined processes. Many resources.

    Cons

    People reach project management level without well rounded experience and therefore lose touch with the people they are managing.

    The company is huge, so it becomes very easy to become just another cog in the wheel. If you are good at what you do, it's hard to move around and gain other knowledge because managers don't encourage it on a day to day basis. They say it's there but then do everything they can to keep you put, so you can easily become pigeon holed.

    Healthcare benefits are lacking especially for the size of the company. You would think they would have better buying power with the insurance companies.

    Minimal holidays in US.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what it takes for the people under you to do their job. Often managers are managing aspects of the industry for which they have no experience. i.e...architects, engineers managing cost engineers having never done an estimate in their life. Or the reverse.


  10. "Great opportunities for career advancement. Poor performing HR group."

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in offices overseas, good development opportunities

    Cons

    Poor human resources support including transfer and mobility team


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