Jacobs Employee Reviews about "upper management"

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Pros
  • "Work Environment is very friendly(in 169 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is achievable(in 150 reviews)

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  • "Upper Management doesn't delegate properly(in 64 reviews)

  • "Large company where you may not feel connected(in 63 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great People & Team

      11 Dec 2020 - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia, Western Australia
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      Pros

      Team cohesion and technical ability.

      Cons

      Upper management is disconnected from ground level. Poor pay rises.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A Company Trying To Become 50% Cyber

      18 Feb 2020 - IT Security Consultant in Washington, DC
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      Pros

      A decent culture-Preaches Safety 401k match is good Decent amount of flexibility (depending on your assignment and contract) Allows remote work when possible

      Cons

      Upper Management Incompetence Health insurance is not competitive bottom 5% of all companies in the US Company is everywhere and internally you don't know about 90% of what other people are doing... Horrible communication from upper management Jacobs is buying up cyber companies left and right (most recently blue canopy and KeyW). Their strategy to buy cyber companies is a good one, but that is about their only strategy. They had no plan on what happens after that. It is a complete disaster with management all the way up to the CEO. They have zero idea on how to deal with cyber/IT folks. They are finding out real quickly that their horrific approach didn't work. There is a mass departure currently going on especially in the new disaster "Cyber BU". The word on the street is out, so I am not entirely sure there is any way out at this point. Go ask any of the big time recruiting companies (randstand, insight global, etc.. ), and they will tell you. The cyber community is a tight niche group that doesn't deal with nonsense. Jacobs is in trouble. I am convinced they won't be able to recruit quality talent without a complete restructure. I would highly recommend looking elsewhere for now....

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      No Work-Life-Balance

      7 Oct 2020 - Cost Engineer in Houston, TX
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      Pros

      Most clients support the 4/10 Work schedule where you are off on Friday or Monday.

      Cons

      Likely if you work a 4/10 schedule you will still have to work on your off day. You can work hard and long but that won't progress your career. Although diversity and inclusion is pushed and seems like action appears to be taking place in other countries however I never witnessed or experienced that in the States. Not a lot of inclusion or diversity in upper management diverse. Benefits aren't the best and not for growing families.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Intern

      Intern Salary

      15 Sep 2020 - Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Amazing Schedule - Office Community - Flexibility of Projects

      Cons

      - Upper Management doesn't delegate properly

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Slightly mismanaged potential

      16 Jun 2020 - Graduate Visual Media Specialist in Bristol, England, England
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      Pros

      Above average pay at entry level positions Smaller team Flexibility in working hours Wide range of projects Plenty of room for innovation and expansion Supporting of new ideas

      Cons

      Massive corporation mindset and culture Chaos in upper management Sometimes it feels like your expertise and input has to be brute forced through to convince management

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Not Great Upper Management

      20 Oct 2020 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      a lot of resources to utilize

      Cons

      upper management is out of order

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great place to start no place to go

      25 Jun 2020 - Designer in Bingham Farms, MI
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      Pros

      Benefits, location, friendly co-workers, clean office

      Cons

      Management, salary, upper management, reviews are a joke, “anonymous” surveys

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    8. 2.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Needs a lot of reform.

      5 Jun 2020 - Wastewater Operator in Plympton-Wyoming, ON
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      Pros

      The job itself was great to do, and the people I worked with were amazing.

      Cons

      Dealing with the demands from upper management was not worth the terribly low wage.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      MEs Writing Safety-Critical Software

      31 Dec 2018 - Aerospace Engineer in Kennedy Space Center, FL
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      Pros

      - Meaningful and challenging work - Great work/life balance for now - Average pay on a low bid contract if you negotiate up front - Quality work is recognized and rewarded - High opportunity for advancement due to upper-level positions close to retirement - Management cares about employees

      Cons

      - Peter Principle management in many cases. Some people are not meant to be managers and that is OK. - Most management only has operations experience which has limited applicability to a development phase environment - Software PMs have limited experience outside of KSC or in some cases no software experience at all and are in most cases dead-set on doing software just like it was done in the 70/80s while paying lip-service to 'agile' methodologies. There is more to software development agility than creating more meetings and micromanaging every line of code by otherwise uninvolved PMs. - Primarily work with obscure software in very limited use in industry outside of this project. - Custom-built SCADA system makes application software development very difficult and limits job opportunities when inevitable layoffs eventually occur. - Little to no software development training or investment in software development training. - Low performers aren't managed while high performers are required to pick up the slack. - Most upper management close to retirement so there is no desire to keep up with latest best practice or trends and hasn't been for quite some time. Many day-to-day software is at least 10 years behind latest and greatest. - Government contract bureaucracy.

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Terrible company

      24 May 2020 - Help Desk Technician in Golden, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I worked with some really nice people

      Cons

      Upper management is entirely clueless

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      3 people found this review helpful
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