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30+ days ago

Project Director - Interiors

KlingStubbins Philadelphia, PA

• Responsible for the vision and direction of the Interiors Studio • Direct the efforts of Business Development/Public Relations for the Interiors… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

CO-OP - Mechanical/HVAC Engineering

Jacobs Engineering Philadelphia, PA

· Performs routine aspects of engineering requiring knowledge and application of basic engineering principles under close supervision · May use… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Medical Education Programs Manager

Jacobs Management Group, Inc. Philadelphia, PA

• Develop standards and protocols to identify and evaluate courses and programs for quality and relevance. Evaluate proposed courses against these… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Senior Marketing Coordinator

KlingStubbins Philadelphia, PA

• Organize proposal/project preparation by establishing, monitoring, and maintaining schedule of tasks from initial strategy through project… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Senior Electrical Engineer

KlingStubbins Philadelphia, PA

We are seeking an ambitious self-starter who can hit the ground running, taking ownership for electrical design of projects and collaborating with… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Associate Engineer, Electrical

KlingStubbins Philadelphia, PA

• Assist Electrical Engineer as assigned. • Responsible for the preparation of calculations and design sketches to be used by the designers… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Design Lead - Interiors

KlingStubbins Philadelphia, PA

The Interior Design Lead will be responsible for managing the creative direction and design of integrated architecture and stand-alone interiors… Glassdoor


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    Good salary, good benefits. But a cubical farm / sweat shop. Can be a waste of time for Junior Engineers.

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    Former Employee - Junior Civil/Structural Engineer  in  Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Junior Civil/Structural Engineer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    For a junior engineer, this type of job can potentially be very good - especially if you are looking to get a decent multidisciplinary understanding of how the Oil and Gas industry works.

    Jacobs is an EPCM company - and like other EPCM companies, it has to work very hard to be competitive in the international market place. This means that cutting the cost of engineering, reducing re-work, eliminating new engineering (re-use old engineering designs) is a big part of its philosophy. A very large amount of engineering is completed in India (as much as possible. I've seen 100% on some projects). This means that the engineering completed in Calgary is just review / check work.

    How your experience will pan out greatly depends on your state of mind, as well as the people that you end up working with.

    Cons

    As there is so much change in the market, and competition for projects, as a junior engineer you can often end up being swept around, forgotten, lost in the blur of the busy workplace. It's not uncommon for junior engineers to have literally nothing to do, and I've seen very intelligent junior engineers sitting around for months on end doing literally nothing. One friend of mine sat at his cubical for an entire year with no real work to do.

    But as long as your hours are being billed to the client, nobody really cares whether or not you're actually performing. This can be immensely discouraging, especially if you're bright and ambitious to learn.

    Since there is a lot of turn-over in this type of company, you may also have the experience that you're constantly re-establishing and re-proving your skills and your worth. You may get a new boss every 3 or 4 months, and what's expected of you can be very vague.

    HR puts a lot of work into trying to guide your development, and put you on the path of honing your skills and improving your knowledge, to better perform. But don't fall into that trap - the reality is that these "Jacobs Future" or development programs are more or less useless. The key to succeeding is in developing connections and relationships with people directly in the company. Use honesty, be ambitious, but be patient.

    Overall, Jacobs is quite a decent company. I'm not sure that I recommend it to junior engineers, especially if you are in civil / structural. As a civil / structural engineer, you need a lot of hands-on and field experience to understand the concepts and know what you're doing. At Jacobs, you'll likely get zero, as the construction contractors are typically a wholly other company.

    I left after 2 years, having decided that I didn't like the big-company Dilbert-style of career. Best of luck.

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    Use honesty, especially at town halls. Create a culture of accepting honest criticism, and allow for the right to dissent. It's very obvious to people when truths are being glossed over, blurred, or covered up. And when people are being told distruths, it creates a very bad culture and atmosphere of distrust and anxiety.

    Being direct and honest about the marketplace and project situations, even if dire, will greatly promote employee morale. People are happy when they feel that they can trust you.

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