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Jacobs Reviews

Updated 15 February 2018
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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Pros
  • it has a good work life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Great work environment , very employees supportive (in 105 reviews)

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  1. "Good company with many outlets for enthusiastic employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Grimsby, England
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Engineer in Grimsby, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Range of work. multiple locations good pay packet

    Cons

    None perminant contracts being bid for by Jacobs

    Advice to Management

    Carry on looking after your staff and having a good safety culture


  2. "Excellent Employers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, culture, supportive management

    Cons

    City centre location only pro = expensive parking


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Jacobs Graduate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Environmental Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Graduate Environmental Consultant in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good graduate salary, flexible working patters, nice environment to work in.

    Cons

    Inflexible progression paths at times.


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  5. "ok"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, global opportunities, starting to head in a good direction

    Cons

    individuals can sometimes get lost in a company this large


  6. "Too Large"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working patterns and opportunities to work abroad

    Cons

    Low salaries and small payrises related to promotions

    Advice to Management

    Do not lie to your employees when it comes to payrises. The reasons why a payrise related to a promotion is so small should be made clear, i.e the company prefers profits to go to the shareholders and senior management rather than some of it being distributed to hard working employees . You need to be honest.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Lost the plot"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Principal Consultant in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, very good people at working level, but being driven out by poor, bullying leadership to better companies. Has a high reputation with Defence consultancy clients, but market share shrinking with poor leadership, both in Defence and ATEN who only understand bulk body shopping into nuclear at low margins.

    Cons

    Risk averse and not very intelligent senior leadership focuses on billability and avoiding normal professional engineering responsibilities, selling bodies rather than capabilities. No clue in strategy - they think an unrealistic set of Goals without a resourced capability development plan will deliver growth.

    Bullying leadership culture

    Advice to Management

    Take a big axe to inadequate leadership. Start treating consultancy as a different model. Grow some in engineering professionalism, and stop treating staff as our greatest consumable.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "#OutFutureIsRubbish"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Winnersh, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Winnersh, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working time, literally nothing else...not even the hot chocolate is nice anymore!

    Cons

    Distribution of pay rise is disgusting; all the senior people keep getting richer and the junior people struggle when they are the ones doing the grunt work

    Advice to Management

    Pay the junior staff what they deserve, this company should be Spanish...all mentoring, promotions, pay rises are all mañana...mañana...


  9. "Working environment clean and tidy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working environment is clean tidy

    Cons

    Travel processes are not simple


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Jacobs UK"

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    Former Employee - Divisional Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Divisional Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with limited opportunities

    Cons

    Competitive internal market driving poor staff relations

    Advice to Management

    Instill a new culture that is authentic


  11. "good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    good diverse large multi national company

    Cons

    sometimes your identity get lost in large organisation


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