CBRE Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Assistant Property Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Nice people in the company

    Cons

    CBRE pays the least of all the RE company's in San Diego from what I experienced and heard from others.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    regime change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    company is first rate when it comes to supplying needed equipment, training, tools. They give great first impressions. They work hard and i can work side by side with the best of them.

    Cons

    They have a dark side. They play not so nice . thinking you're working for #1 so that counts for a lot. They lack communicative skills as to direction and they tend to give curve balls .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest to non management. being two face isn't truthful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Dysfunctional management for sure. Run away as fast as you can and do not look back.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Executives are well groomed for most part.

    Cons

    Company condones abusive behavior of all types.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Meh

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Administrator in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a huge company and you can work anywhere you would like to.

    Cons

    It is a huge company and you become just a number

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Questionable Compensation Practices

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Accounting Department--Sweatshop With Nachos!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Minneapolis, MN

    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. 5 people found this helpful

    Those with personality need not apply...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Option to work from home two days a week. If you can come to work, fly under the radar, meet minimum expectations and not speak to anyone, you'll do fine here.

    Cons

    Even in the first six months I worked here, I was surprised at just how unfriendly everyone was. Salaries are laughable, even for Memphis. Top talent consistently walks out the door for better paying jobs or even just a job where they feel somewhat respected. The key to success is to keep your personality and your opinions to yourself. There are even signs in the break rooms that remind you that no matter what you say, someone, somewhere is listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Great Company...Horrible Management (Recruiting Department)

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    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company has competitive benefits and the Dallas downtown location is perfect for commuters. The company also pays for your parking or DART pass.

    Cons

    The leadership in the staffing department really needs to take some leadership classes on how to manage a world class recruiting department. Remember you will have to pay for it as CBRE doesn't provide tuition reimbursement. There are people in place that are not true leaders. They are in their positions because they made friends with the right people. You don't get promoted based on talent. You are promoted because you learned how to play the game of getting ahead no matter what. The recruiting department has an exceptionally high turnover rate. The department lost almost half of the team in one year. The requisition load is twice of what an average requisition workload should be. Recruiters are required to maintain a workload of 40 requisitions but if often swells to 60 and 70 reqs. The recruiters are overworked and stressed. I believe that the environment is not conducive to progression and upward mobility. There is no clear career progression path for recruiters and the stress of trying to just maintain is overwhelming. I feel as though recruiters are walking into an environment of failure, hostility and poor leadership. Managers are unprofessional as they talk about employees to other employees. Senior level leadership doesn't have a clue as to what it takes to run a world class recruiting department. They play the blame game when things fall apart. The organization fills well over 6000 positions each year without an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). What fortune 500 company doesn't have an ATS and doesn't have a plan to put one in place? They have team building events on work nights (after you have worked all day long), who does that? That’s not team building that’s cutting into your personal time and time with family. There is no work/life balance. You work around the clock to maintain the heavy workload and after a while the stress of it all starts to take you down. Recruiting can be a very rewarding profession. You play a major part in building a successful organization. CBRE needs to learn to value their employees and take action against employees (mangers and non-managers) who don’t uphold the values of the company. If the retention in your department is not good someone needs to take another look as to why. Managers with a subjective thought process needs to be retrained or should be removed from their positions. If you are thinking about becoming a recruiter for CBRE, I would carefully rethink that decision. Turn around and never look back. I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and dignity. Stop micro-managing your professionals. Create an environment of trust and respect. I promise you, it goes both ways. Get rid of managers who are negative and unpleasant. Promote employees for talent and leadership skills not because they are your buddy or they do whatever you ask them to do. If you don’t know how to run the organization, step aside and allow a true leader to take the helm and reshape and mold the organization. The staffing department is in serious trouble. Someone needs to take over and make some decisions. Start to make a change now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Watch your back...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    The Bloomington, MN facility has free parking and there is a fairly decent restaurant on the first floor. The Bloomington facility also have a free gym and shower facility employees are able to use.

    Cons

    It is very easy to get laid off at this company. They present these "great" process improvement initiatives to the employees and say how great it will be that they can focus their attention on more responsibility and leadership roles, when in fact their main goal is to cut cost. One way they do that is through the elimination of people. There also seems to be a fair amount of nepotism at this company. For example, one of the "big wigs" in MN has her daughter working at the company, used to have her distant cousin working there, and school friends working there reporting to her. People at the company will stab you in the back just to get ahead. Don't trust anyone there! Our pay seems to be lower than the rest of the commercial real estate firms. Many of our jobs have been transferred to India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management team needs to focus more on the employees versus the bottom line. Need to realize that "seniority" with the company doesn't mean they can bully those who haven't been there as long. Come up with ways to save money without tossing people out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful

    Management Transparency Non-Existent and Be Prepared to Work Around the Clock

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Downtown location. Very cool people to work with. Having the ability to be the "number one" in the industry.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. There is no way around it. It is a nonstop revolving door in the Staffing department. There are a few people that apparently need to go back to Highschool because that is the way they act. Constantly playing games, backstabbing and acting like they support you when they really don't. The new leader that took over last year has brought the entire companies morale down to non existent. They continue to promote people that have no idea what they're doing into positions with no accountability. There is no work-life balance. You have a leader telling you that if you can't get all of your work done in a 10 hour day that you need to be at home sourcing at night working at night. That is not a healthy life to lead. There is no upward mobility and when you even bring up the fact that you'd like a promotion, they scoff at you like you haven't worked so hard. They really just don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of when you have 20 people leave in one department in a year that maybe something is wrong with that department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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