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Jacobs Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Single Threaded"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great benefits...while they last.

    Cons

    Company improves stock positions through reductions and changing of benefits packages. Poor leadership creates a gossipy work environment, thus high rate of churn.

    Advice to Management

    Honesty.


  2. "Director of Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and Diverse work, people

    Cons

    Limited opportunities at senior management

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible

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

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    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


  4. "%100 Corporate"

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    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


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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Engineer"

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    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.


  7. "So so"

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    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.

  8. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Best-in-class employees
    - Good pay w/ benefits
    - Growth opportunities

    Cons

    - Project management typically disconnected with team
    - Meeting a schedule is fighting a Mt. Everest uphill battle


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very Aggressive environment"

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    Former Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Morristown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) extremely ambitious (company culture similar to goldman sachs)
    2) you'll learn a lot.

    Cons

    1) Management is really busy. After finishing a task, sometimes management will interrogate you for not doing it even though it has already been completed. They do not read all the emails you send to them.

    2) Poor Training. Much of the management is young and thus does not know how to train new employees. They encourage you to think for yourself which is good, but they are reluctant to answer questions after the initial training. If you then execute a task with an error(that you tried to ask about), they will make sure your boss, your boss's boss, and everyone else knows. There's no training manual and the minimal training given is usually confusing.

    3) No Recognition for hard work done. They don't care if you stay late to finish your work or not. No one will notice. Yet they give you so much work you have to stay late and skip lunch to finish it.

    4) Even the lowest of management has so many meetings that you can't finish your actual work. Then they still expect that work to be finished next day with no overtime pay.

    5) Management wants you to do everything correctly but unwilling to answer questions. Too much secrecy and no transparency.

    6) Not accommodating even if your commute is 2 hours one way. They want you to be there at 8, skip lunch, stay late until all work is finished. It is common to see people staying till 8 or 9 p.m. There are flexible hours on paper, but they cannot be used.

    7) They do not pay enough to anyone for the amount of hours the employees put in.

    8) Benefits are really bad. There's basically no discount on insurance. It's almost the same as buying it outside. There are also very limited insurance packages.

    9) Safety is not first, despite what the company says. Management expects employees to come in even if there's 6 inches of snow on the ground. If you say you want to work from home, the bosses here will accept it but they will not sound happy. There was never any initiative or company wide announcement telling employees to stay home during inclement conditions.

    10) Only 6 public holidays.

    11) 401K is not very flexible nor does the company match very much.

    12) High turn over(which tells you there's something wrong). There are not very many people who have been there for more than 3 years and even less that have been there for more than 10 years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    great partner and team building. loved working there with my family i had the best time and. with the lotion and the tv table desk chair went at it.

    Cons

    Didnt like anyone that i was managed by and all i did was quit each job acccordingly only go. The remote control is all you need to succedd

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people without doubel background check and to let them be who they are and to never let go of all the stuff inside the can.


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