McMillen Jacobs Associates Reviews

Updated Feb 19, 2020

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24 Ratings
  1. "Supportive, Collaborative, Fun place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time

    Pros

    McMillen started out as a family business, and while it has grown, that family mentality stays strong and makes for a great work environment. Leadership is cognizant of a good work life balance and supports its staff wonderfully. I recently had health issues and was incredibly grateful for the support I needed to get well and not stress about losing my job. Incredibly talented engineers and staff to work with - some of the best co-workers I've ever had that leads to great teamwork and project results.

    Cons

    Workload can be intense and challenging at times, but it is worth it. Seeing and contributing to good work provides great job fulfillment in my opinion.

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  2. "Great staff. Okay Benefits"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Structural Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Great work environment

    Cons

    Benefits are average. Standard match on 401k

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Love working here"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boise, ID
    Recommends

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn about the industry from the most talented engineers in water resources. Interesting projects at hydro facilities, fish passage, and hatcheries. For those who are eager and want stretch assignments to broaden skills, management is always willing to let you give it a try. It's a great place to development your talents. Clients LOVE McMillen Jacobs which gives us a sense of pride to work here. Also, the location on the greenbelt in downtown Boise is an added plus!

    Cons

    The workload can be intense at times--but then again, that's better than the alternative.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great leadership team"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The leadership team in the Boise office really care about their employees and it shows! They are constantly trying to make sure our work atmosphere promotes creativity, productivity and positivity …..which is one of the main reasons working at McMillen Jacobs has been so rewarding. As our company continues to grow, I am watching how we are recruiting and gaining talented enthusiastic people. Which leads to my next point, I really appreciate my teammates! We have a collaborative and fun work environment which always helps to put me in a good mood. Also, the pay and benefits are of course another plus!

    Cons

    I am speaking from the heart, when I say, I cannot think of any cons.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Working at MJA"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time

    Pros

    Can be a friendly environment

    Cons

    Top executives in the company are all related to each other. The incestuous atmosphere is difficult at best if you are not "accepted" by the family. Technical success will not win out over the Family.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Chief inspector"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great environment to work in , very collaborative , treat you like an individual Instead of a number.

    Cons

    Old guard can be a tight knit group

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company is growing but not too big for itself.

    Cons

    Natural growing pains but organization does a good job to help employees through the stress.

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Clearly on the path to being purchased"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time

    Pros

    Awesome staff, great culture, super technically competent. Projects are very, very interesting. Ambition and grabbing more project is almost always welcomed.

    Cons

    Management thinks the staff is obtuse and tells some pretty blatant lies about stuff that "is to our benefit" but really is the company's bottom line protection. Promotion is rarely merit based. Obvious the merger was about one thing and one thing only - a 5 year path to resale and inflating the retirement of the higher ups. Cutting profit sharing, minimizing dividend distributions, minimizing bonuses, minimizing raises, maximizing the number of staff on hand, cutting benefits, all speaks to one thing - a higher book price and a higher price when we sell. Buy stock if you work here. Get rich with them. Hardest workers are exploited/marginalized. Generally, there is an incredible resistance to cutting the dead weight when it starts dragging down offices, projects, and morale. Merger still hasn't gelled. It's two companies, it's going to continue to be two companies for a long time.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Decent company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good reputation, opportunity to work with industry leaders, decent enough benefits

    Cons

    Managers do not hold employees accountable for their actions, very poor communication, slow to respond to inquiries, made me feel like I was just a warm body filling a position rather than a valued member of a team

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "engineer for 5 years"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McMillen Jacobs Associates full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun projects. Great teams to work with. Good clients. Design-build company with a great sense of purpose. I've worked at McMillen Jacobs for over 5 years. McMillen LLC and Jacobs Associates merged together, and the results have been good so far. The CEO and Engineering Manager are fun people.

    Cons

    My design teams are divided among different offices, so coordination takes more effort. Fine points of the merger between McMillen LLC and Jacobs Associates are still being resolved.

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