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Jaros Baum & Bolles Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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  1. "Top Notch Projects and People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jaros Baum & Bolles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mentoring, culture, project prestige, people.

    If you want to be involved with interesting MEP/FP projects and learn a lot in a short time, JB&B is for you. The Partnership is very accessible and senior engineers spend the time to teach / mentor newer employees. Proven track record with engineering practices and many repeat clients provide a lot of opportunities to learn and network. Tons of really smart, down to earth people. A solid culture of extracurricular activities and team building.

    Cons

    Still somewhat "old school" with rigid upward mobility based on longevity with the firm. If you're used to a 9-5 mentality this may not be the place for you as project needs sometimes dictate longer hours.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on value to the firm in lieu of longevity.


  2. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jaros Baum & Bolles full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Ground breaking projects. Serious contributions to the skyline.

    Cons

    Lots of work but this is up to you.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Racist company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Jaros Baum & Bolles full-time

    Pros

    Very large office, 300 plus. I would have to agree with other people's comments in that it is a great place to start your career. You definitely get exposed to a lot of good projects and you learn the terminology and basic designs for mostly every building type . The crowd is young, so if you are young , you will definitely fit right in.

    Cons

    As everyone else has said. Long working hours. Typically at least 2-3 hours overtime per day is normal. coming in over weekends is also normal to them. But the most important thing to know is that management is extremely racist. If you are a minority you will not realize it, but give it a year or two and you will know exactly how bad the problem is. Promotions are definitely not merit based and unjust. Its ridiculous to downsize senior engineer's desks who have been there 15 plus year (minority engineers) and award new graduates with bigger - associate size desks. That's just the beginning. But regardless if you would like to get a great start in your career and you are willing to put up with anything, this is the place to be. The company name of your resumes will open up more doors.

    Advice to Management

    a company that continually promotes and give incentives to an employee based on the color of their skin is a sure way of ensuring a company's demise. The company has way too many young engineers with no real knowledge or experience. The older folks are way past retirement. how long can the company keep on with their high turn-over rate? Pay engineers equally based on performance and treat them equal. Maybe they will stick around to make a career there and not think of it as a stepping stone.


  4. "So-So Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jaros Baum & Bolles as an intern

    Pros

    Very professional work, beautiful location with talented engineers

    Cons

    Not the most rewarding experience and was very low-energy.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "associate"

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    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work on many different projects.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work 65+ hours a week. They tend to burnout their young engineers within 5 years.


  6. "Electrical Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Jaros Baum & Bolles as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great place to intern, Young environment and very helpful

    Cons

    no cons. to be noticed


  7. Helpful (5)

    "mechanical design engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jaros Baum & Bolles full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great projects to work on. Learn a lot in a short amount of time, but also depends a lot on who your associate is.

    Cons

    Hours are awful, 60 hour weeks frequently. Company culture is to brag about overtime hours, and if you leave at 5pm (like you should) it is seen as a negative or "not working hard". Benefits, salary and vacation are not that great compared to other engineering firms. Good company to start, not that great to stay long term.

    Advice to Management

    hire more mid level experienced engineers and not just college graduates. Increase salaries, and benefits. Change culture of working long hours, hire more people so everyone can have a work-life balance.

  8. "Good place to intern."

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    Current Employee - EE Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - EE Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a great location in New York City.

    Cons

    Consulting is a boring job in general, so I did not like the work I was doing. A lot of time sitting behind a desk doing auto cad and other boring intern duties.


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    "Experience"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jaros Baum & Bolles full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Projects, fast paced, lots of opportunities to learn, staff is hard working.

    Cons

    compensation not great, long hours, health plan could be better. Poor mid level management & disconnected from office staff.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more frequently with staff, Provide constructive criticism, be specific in what is expected of employees, the same rules should apply to all.


  10. "Excellent mentorship and great experience"

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    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jaros Baum & Bolles as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was an intern and I was able to go to client meetings multiple times a week which was a great experience for me.

    Cons

    As an intern, I did not experience any negative aspects to the job.