Jacobs Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2021

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Jacobs Chair and CEO Steven Demetriou
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929 Ratings
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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is achievable

    Cons

    The company is very large and sometimes the processes take long

  2. "What happened."

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Services in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people who are very knowledgeable. Good pay when there is work.

    Cons

    When no projects, good by to you.


  3. "Senior Project Controls Specialist"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Controls Specialist in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with knowledgeable team mates and coworkers

    Cons

    Employment directly linked to contracts with clients

  4. COVID-19

    "hard to gauge during covid, but there is evidence of the company's commitment to talent"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EIT in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, access to talent mentors

    Cons

    its tough to find challenge assignments in your area of passion

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Okay, but difficult to move up"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People I worked with were great, big projects, cool projects, benefits decent; however, employees contribute a lot off each pay towards the benefits

    Cons

    Too much onus on employees to source their own work, keep themselves busy and billable, unreasonable expectations on billable hours (i.e., employees are expected to be 100% billable), difficult to move up unless you are connected with someone higher up (i.e., less qualified people are promoted to positions and others are not given the opportunity to apply), pay raises are minimal or non-existent, the connection between performance reviews and promotion, salary increase, etc. is not transparent or logical (again, seems to be based more on popularity), no bonuses, layoffs seem to be strictly financially driven with no loyalty to employees based on years of commitment to the company and exemplary performance in the past, no RSP matching any more

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  6. "Good Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    It was quite busy before the energy section is sold to Worley

    Cons

    Part of it was sold to Worley

  7. "Ok"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Engineering Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Jacobs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    lots of projects, always busy, resources if you know who to ask

    Cons

    bad culture, pigeon holed, work/resource hogging

  8. "Work place"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jacobs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Professional, Inclusive, Friendly, Well managed, Well organized

    Cons

    lake of good team work

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unchecked segregation and discrimination"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good projects to work on

    Cons

    The environment is very toxic to work.

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  10. "Worked there for a few years"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Biologist in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Jacobs full-time

    Pros

    Good morals and high integrity

    Cons

    Lowish pay, not much work-life balance

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