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Jacobs Reviews

Updated 23 September 2018
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Jacobs President and Chief Executive Officer Steven Demetriou
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Pros
  • "Good working conditions and work life balance" (in 78 reviews)

  • "Great work environment , very employees supportive" (in 111 reviews)

Cons
  • "Need to consider work life balance for employees" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Lack of communication from upper management" (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Covered all client costs with project savings"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Divisional Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Divisional Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to be Innovative together with flexibility

    Cons

    Global Constraints resulting in loss of contracts

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the experts


  2. "Jacobs UK"

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    Current Employee - Technical Director in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Technical Director in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Global company with culture of care and strong presence in the UK.

    Cons

    Probably not the heights paying employer.

  3. "A good company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International projects handled
    Highly talented engineers

    Cons

    Salary increment is less
    Appraisal is merely a formality


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Plenty of talk not much action"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global opportunities for those who want experience of working abroad. Good office locations/staff facilities, excellent social side and a good selection of staff benefits. Flexible working patterns are a bonus. Wide variety of clients equals a great range of projects to work on. Good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    A very large fragmented company with more senior management than you can shake a stick at. There is an air of arrogance within the company. Very good at pushing diversity and inclusion, and health and wellbeing but in reality it's pretty much ' just for show'. Lots of red tape and bureaucracy, processes are repetitive and onerous with too much reliance on head office. Your career progression will depend on how much your manager likes you, and how many unpaid hours you are prepared to work. Performance reviews are over hyped and used as a tool not to hand out pay rises, or promotions, or approve training. It all boils down to billability and how much money they can make. Salaries paid will often be lower than what their competitors pay. They don't want you to go the extra mile - they want you to go the extra 100 miles.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being biased when it comes to salary increases and promotions. Stop making unfair demands of staff - show them some appreciation instead. Reduce the red tape and give senior management outside head office more power to make decisions.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great role, plenty of support in training and mentors around in the environment to assist you."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities across the business if youre willing to be mobile and relocate. Merger with Ch2m, benefits remain to be seen if they develop. Many offices around the uk which allow you to hot desk and balance life with work when needed. Hundreds of genuinely good people at the company who love the company, friendly culture. All the training desired is available at the company for any early professional.

    Cons

    Company is financially driven. Little to none senior management roles held by employees of different ethnic background. Focus is primarily on promoting woman to senior positions however company is overlooking the full benefits of diversity. Elimiantes many of its valued employees who have dedicated their careers for over 30 years to put Jacobs in the position they are in to cut costs- no loyalty. Very demoarlising to see as a young professional.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "People are not the heart of the business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Positive message and vision from CEO and SVP

    Cons

    Anything positive stops at the SVP/GM level. Lots of talk but those who walk the talk are few and far between. Basically a body shop with no interest in training & development, inclusion & diversity or salary equity. Billable or killable seems to be their m.o. and retention is definitely a challenge. They speak of a culture of caring, but that is not evident with line management unless you are one of their mates.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the line managers if you want to know why retention is a problem - it's really not that hard to figure out. People don't leave companies, they leave bad managers.


  7. "Frustrating at times but generally good."

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    Current Employee - Graduate Bridge Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Graduate Bridge Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on large and comprehensive projects.

    Cons

    Frustrating management and lack of work diversity.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Jacobs"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours and good location

    Cons

    no support for personal technical development, no training oppertunities

    Advice to Management

    show your employee some respect.


  9. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, easy to diversify your career

    Cons

    The work and projects can be very slow


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can not think of any

    Cons

    Inhumane working environment and awful conditions

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people, not animals


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