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  • Upper management is usually hired from outside rather than promoted from within (in 45 reviews)

  • Some employees are cynical about "people are our greatest asset" core value (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Wealth of Knowledge and resistent to change"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical EIT in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Mechanical EIT in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are among the industry's best. Access to the latest technologies. The company emphasis on safety creates a true culture of caring for one another. Pay is solid and competitive for every industry they touch. If you want real career progression, you have to move from city to city for the company.

    Cons

    Internal cost management gets pretty out of control thanks to program managers used to billing customers with deep pockets. No formal training on anything because it can't be billed to a client. Learn on the fly, but mentoring is strong. High turnover because they can find a replacement for you.

    Advice to Management

    Build your team's skills. Take the time to create standardized design pieces that can be reused over and over. You can't piece meal a standardized documentation library while spreading the effort over multiple projects or billable clients. Diversify your design portfolio. DoD work is not always available. Always keep a local client base and involve yourselves in the community.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It was a job"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Disipline Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Disipline Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They paid money for services done. My coworkers were nice and good to work with.

    Cons

    No training. A false sense of "family" brought on with all the safty talk. Management talked about caring for employees, but didn't.

    Advice to Management

    Find local work. It is never s good idea to put all you eggs (ie projects) in one basket (the military).

  3. "Inconsistent work."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable staff. Interesting projects. Senior staff is very good and willing to mentor junior staff.

    Cons

    Work sharing is poor across nationwide offices. The work is not steady and the company lacks innovation (all depends on which division you are in though).

    Advice to Management

    Too much micromanagement, should just let the design team do its job.


  4. "Good Enough"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary, Great Project Delivery Capabilities.

    Cons

    Big Company therefore you must conform.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Be careful taking a job with Jacobs."

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wide range of major challenging projects.

    Cons

    Top management treats the staff like they cannot be trusted. They also do not seem to understand the businesses of some of their local offices. Benefits package is subpar. Focused on meeting quarterly earnings projections.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire or else improve their skills or outplace them.


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