CBRE Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
493 Reviews

3.4
493 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 24 reviews)

  • Best in business for commercial real estate (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 14 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    too much focus on upper management, not enough focus on team work and assisting middle management

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    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

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

    Pros

    Great potential to grow with the company, and learn new skills. PTO and holidays are comparable to most companies. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Upper management is focused on doing as little work as possible, while leaving middle management to fend for themselves. If you ask for assistance with something, rarely is it actually given. Upper management is so worried about their own backs that they link up together and basically make it impossible to ever get a resolution on issues you're having with them. Instead, they look at middle management as "disposable" and the place is basically a revolving door. It's true, what they say, the higher you get the less work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training your middle management and giving them the support they need to grow, within the company, instead of hindering their performance with your own lack of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Solid company and amazing opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs looking to thrive in Commercial Real Estate.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform. Challenging, interesting, fun. Team culture full of individuals that with strong work ethic.

    Cons

    "Your either in or your in the way" Internal and external clients can be very demanding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Indifferent

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    Current Employee - FM EMEA
    Current Employee - FM EMEA

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

    Pros

    Pay very good, interesting portfolio of clients

    Cons

    Arrogance of some snr mgmt was not impressive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    CBRE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    CBRE offers competitive remuneration packages

    Cons

    Individualistic team and not a good environment to learn in

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    I am not sure about the pros.

    Cons

    There is a lack of training.

  7.  

    Safe, ethical, not too imaginative.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Management  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Property Management in Washington, DC (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources - more than any other firm. Great clients and excellent training. Very ethical and sets high standards for all levels of employee. Very safe place to work - very conservatively run.

    Cons

    A very big company. Pretty easy to get lost in the bigness of it all. Pretty stingy with benefits and not very willing to spend money on employees to boost satisfaction or morale. Compensation trends below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy with the small things that make work a pleasure and help employees feel appreciated. Pay market compensation to attract the very best people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    The pay was good and there was some autonomy when it came to leading your individual team.

    Cons

    Management is very disorganized and distant from the staff. Lots of mundane data collection and an over emphasis on reporting made it dificult to focus on core responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics of FM and stop constantly trying to reinvent yourselves. CBRE can be a great company but it's time to invest a little more back into the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Top notch Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Management is very well versed in their fields and know how to manage people and the business. They make you feel important and do not micro manage you like many other locations. Great flow of work and very flexible schedule. All in all the best company I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    None that I can think of right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfactory, not exceptional.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Overland Park, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Company does focus on Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. Operational performance for clients is extremely good.

    Cons

    No room for growth; use of sub-contractors keeps salary levels low, and allows company to bring-in talent below market value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Helpful superiors

    Cons

    Not a formal internship program. Rather boring work

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