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Jacobs Reviews

Updated 19 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Good working conditions and work life balance" (in 76 reviews)

  • "Great work environment , very employees supportive" (in 107 reviews)

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

  • "Lack of communication from upper management" (in 48 reviews)

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

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    • 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. "Large Company, Good Opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a large company you can move around once you have been there for a while. You will also get a chance to work on good projects, as long as you are capable.

    Decent pay for graduates.

    Cons

    Being a large company, you can feel like a small cog in a big machine.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure all employees are kept engaged and given opportunities early in their careers.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "The only good thing is flexibility"

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    Former Employee - Project Support in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Support in London, England

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Someone's mentioned this before but this is the place to work if you want to do the least as possible

    Flexibility and good work life balance

    Cons

    No training budget
    No progression
    No use of specialist software for discipline
    Narcisstic and lazy line managers
    Come here if you want to remain stagnant in your career


  4. "Traffic Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Traffic Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Traffic Engineer in London, England

    Pros

    Unable to think of any other than salary.

    Cons

    Atmosphere is dreadful, staff can be rude, good luck with it!


  5. "Manchester"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very helpful team and big range of projects. Fortnight

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and lack of communication from senior staff. Lack of some grades

    Advice to Management

    Follow a more pyramidal hierarchy, avoid lack of some grades.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Really bad manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great potential and opportunities to learn and evolve

    Cons

    Team manager is a dodgy person. Ask people to work continuously over the weekends. Also refused to book actual time spent on the task. He told us you have to invest the time to learn and evolve.

    Advice to Management

    remove him from Midlands modelling team.


  7. "Jacobs UK"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bristol, England

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

    Pros

    Very broad base in engineering.

    Cons

    Business is mainly focused on Defence.

    Advice to Management

    Try to maintain a stable organisational structure.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Bullying and Greed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was okay otherwise there wasn’t a single aspect of any part that is a Pro ....just filling in the rest with words

    Cons

    Focus on making as much money as possible - delivery not compulsory. Management were quite happy to place people in embarrassing and humiliating positions and appeared to relish in it. A hire when it’s good and fire when it’s over - career progression is through a taking the glory when it’s convenient and blaming anyone to hand when it goes wrong, with lots of talking people down behind their backs. Absolutely no consideration of the employee - you’re a number to make money. Training was non existent. Management focus is entirely towards looking after themselves. Draining the client dry is rule number 1. Management extremely arrogant impolite discourteous to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management - try learning manners and respect your employees rather than treating people like dirt and no more than a cash generator


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Jacobs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Supportive in terms of mental health, flexible working and health and safety. If you make a decision on the basis of safety, they will have your back.

    - Open to employee feedback.

    - Involved in a few big projects (and a ton of projects no-one cares about)

    - Current CEO has done a good job at turning the company around since he joined.

    - The company is now huge and is resilient to periods of low work. Getting better at giving people opportunities.

    Cons

    - Some bad eggs in the mix

    - Cheap/tight on money. There's no other way to put it.

    - Some graduates (highways) get promoted in 2 years doing little work while others, who can clearly demonstrate their technical development, are promoted in 3 years. Why?

    - No money put aside for technical training. I haven't been on a training course for 3 years.

    - Pushes younger engineers to sacrifice their own time for STEM activities. I have no problem with this normally but it is dishonest when you are doing so for free advertising. I will not lie to young students about the 'rewards' and 'wealth of opportunities'.

    - The company intranet is garbage.

    - People are afraid to put their opinions out in the open, leading to some awkward situations when management come over and ask a crowd of people for opinions.

    - Claims to be on top of 'technical excellence' but still feels like an old fashioned company. Everywhere you look you can see design tools which will take 5 times as long to design something.

    - Wants employees to get engaged in many initiatives but offers no incentives to do so. It gets tiresome to keep hearing 'we need you to do this' or 'we are relying on you to get involved'. We're busy on projects.

    Advice to Management

    - Think of smarter ways to incentivise employees.

    - Stop getting rid of benefits.


  10. "Good first job"

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

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Transport has talented people, good job-quality life, best projects

    Cons

    low salaries and slow promotions

    Advice to Management

    Better recognition to staff


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