The aperture of inclusion is broader than lifestyle and culture. Joining, belonging and thriving — these are Jacobs’ key elements in retaining talent and developing a culture where people want to stay — a place where you can bring your whole self to work. This year brought a lot of change for our people — a talent force of approximately 52,000 — and we doubled down on making sure talent, inclusion and diversity remained at the top of our priorities by focusing on the employee experience during our portfolio transformation.
We put the spotlight on ensuring that Jacobs is an employer of choice in every way: we aspire to be a merit-based organization that is inclusive and diverse; we take on the responsibility to continually recruit and develop the best talent; and we continue to foster leadership and innovation. In 2019 we continued to push the envelope around the following pillars:
Culture building and engagement
- We added a new employee network, ACE (Assist, Connect, Educate) to promote and raise awareness of those with physical, cognitive and mobility impairments, and to support caregivers, their families and friends, as well as our clients and members of the community.
- Broadening LGBTQI+ recognition, our executive leadership team participated in the Pride march in our hometown of Dallas, we took top honors on the HRC’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index — making us a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQI+ Equality.”
- Launched Conscious Inclusion training for all employees and trained 94% in 2019.
- Held second annual Inclusion Week in 2019, with plans to expand in 2020.
- Named in top quartile of Forbes Best Employers for Diversity.
Leadership commitment and accountability
- Since joining the Catalyst CEO Champions For Change, we appointed the first female executive vice president in the company’s history, and five of our eight executive leadership team members are now women.
- We were honored by 2020 Women on Boards for our commitment to Board diversity in having 27%women on our board of directors— ultimately achieving overall Board diversity of 45%. We also achieved executive team diversity of 75% (with six of eight positions held by women or people of color).
- Each member of our senior leadership team has signed our Inclusion & Diversity Accountability and Commitment Statement, committing to aim higher, challenge what’s accepted, and hold themselves accountable for creating a company where every employee is empowered to thrive, knowing their individual value is recognized.
Development of our talent
- We launched our new E3 program designed to Engage, Excel and Elevate as an opportunity to provide our employees a defined career trajectory.
- Through collective recruitment we leverage our network of employees to elevate recruitment around the world, resulting in 30% of our hires coming from employee referrals globally.
- Aiming to be the employer of choice for the brightest and most innovative university students, we strengthened our future talent through increasing the number of interns and grads hired in 2019, resulting in 959 interns and 873 graduates globally, with a goal of hiring 30% more interns and graduates in 2020.
More than 16,500 employees are involved in our eight employee networks:
As a civil engineering student during college, I was convinced I’d have to sacrifice who I really was in order to follow my dreams. I found at Jacobs we have collectively created a culture where I can bring my authentic self to work and it has challenged me in new and exciting ways, allowing me to grow professionally and deliver the best results to our clients and communities.