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CBRE Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
592 Reviews
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592 Reviews
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is no work-life balance and they always try to low-ball when you get hired (in 28 reviews)

  • Great place to learn about New York commercial real estate (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 17 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    you receive a great amount of benefits from medical, dental, pto ect

    Cons

    poor leadership which leads you to confusion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and friendly atmosphere. However, there seems to be a disconnect with upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best part

    Cons

    Hated that income depended on sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company resources, benefit are average

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Manager
    Current Employee - Transaction Manager

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Company resources are abundant. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Benefits are average. Proper training can be difficult to obtain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Questionable Compensation Practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I can only think of one pro. A job is a job and it's better than being unemployed.

    Cons

    Where shall I begin? How about the fact that they give you a cell phone and you are required to keep it at your hip 24-7. The time spent answering calls and responding to questions or problems can be anywhere from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours. The main thing is that they are not going to pay you for that time. Furthermore, I have not been allowed overtime, although I am an hourly employee. If I work over 8 hours in a given day, I am told to take a couple of hours off on such and such day (they usually name the day...sometimes not in the same pay period). I am told they were sued for this before, yet they continue to do it. They are just too big for their own good! Additionally, they need to begin promoting from within in the area of maintenance. Bringing someone in as Facilities Manager who has no experience in maintenance (which is common for them) and is simply a pencil pushing numbers cruncher is a huge mistake. They need to start promoting their internal candidates instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote internally!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE as an intern

    Pros

    They always have the monday morning meeting where we learn about updates from digferent teams within the company

    Cons

    Not really a good training ground for an intern. The employees are too busy to guide the interns well.

  7.  

    Accounting Department--Sweatshop With Nachos!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Minneapolis has uber building. Generous holidays. Generous vacation time(if you get to take it). Quality co-workers. Free nachos at times...don't knock them! If you honestly think that you are in the top 10% of accounting talent, things will work out well. Remember, that's one person in 10.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Sweatshop--constant pressure to go faster. Constant. Talking is frowned on...environment is very, very quiet. Fun should not be a major factor at work but there should be room for it which includes a bit of chit-chat. Lack of work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people based on work performed. Don't overload. Management seems confused about what is a proper workload...on the one hand it is based on "points". On the other hand, there are regular e-mails asking how your workload is. If the points were truly accurate, the e-mails would not be necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to build professional contacts; however, not much room for professional growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transaction Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Transaction Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Very nice office space; up-to-date workstation. Paperless 360-Workplace full implementation. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Too much red-tape; below average medical benefits and 401(k) plan. Very little room for professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has their own upper management so everything takes 2 months to get approved. Hiring process takes an average of 2 months as everything is being approved out of HR headquarters in Texas. Lots of layers to push through to get a definitive answer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Size means generalisations are impossible to make

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Big name, with endless career opportunities

    Cons

    Staff are mixed - sheer size of the organisation means that it is too easy for poorly-performing employees to 'hide'

  10.  

    US Company pretending to be global

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very few, pays market rates... just.

    Cons

    Very US focused, with EMEA seen as a nuisance that has to be tolerated.

    EMEA business very fragmented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline business reporting and do away with sub regional budgets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A rewarding and challengig experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    The people you work with are best in class and you can learn a lot. You also get to work on large projects and instructions which are the most talked about in the industry.

    Cons

    Large hierachical organisation, it can be hard to be heard at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent bonus structure - too many people rewarded for mediocre performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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