CBRE Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
499 Reviews
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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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.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Property Accountant  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Property Accountant in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Met some of the best people there! Not management though...

    Cons

    Bad company culture at the top, management did not care how we were going to do more and more of work, unless you stay overtime, which probably was expected, now that I think of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion 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.

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    Not a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager in Denver, CO

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not feel appreciated as a fellow employee....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    CBRE remote program....Community involvement initiatives. ...

    Cons

    If allowed, no work life balance....Field teams (fellow CBRE employees are demanding, disrespectful, and don't want to do their job lack of adequate IT support...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place some emphasis on acquiring and retaining top talent.....in the long run, you will have spent more because of the high turnover...

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

    Just OK

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people, I'm lucky to have good managers.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are lacking, especially compared to how often they boast about being profitable. Have more flexible working options. Going into an office everyday to "show face" is no longer necessary, we can work from anywhere. Technology is severely lacking. Systems are often down and slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more to get more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Management is lacking

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    Former Employee - Researcher
    Former Employee - Researcher

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

    Pros

    I worked with a great group of talented individuals that worked their butts off in the supports staff. A lot of social events.

    Cons

    It seems like only individuals that worked in accounting were promoted to management positions. Nepotism is alive and well. Family members are hired with NO experience what so ever. Management lacks the skills to really compete with JLL, Cassidy or Cushman. Also, there was a lack of resources, such as updated computers. If you are in good with the senior operations manager then you're good. If not, you will have an old run down computer and have to repeatedly ask for a new one. Management is very cheap when not comes to supporting support staff with proper equipment. Was told that there are no more lap tops to have, but every new employee that worked there received a lap top. Bottom line, support staff management is so concerned with going to social brokerage events or just being seen, that they fail to do their damn jobs. Very hard moving up in the company and diversity is not really practiced. Women are still not represented well in the brokerage field at this company. I don't see CBRE being the top for too much longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You preach you want to be a top global firm, but do not execute the necessary practices like other competitors are ACTUALLY doing. When you support your support staff then they will produce too notch deliverables. Until then, you will always lag behind JLL.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Management/Terrible Structure

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

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

    Pros

    Downtown location
    Cafe
    Good people to work with

    Cons

    There is no forward vision. Management often has "knee-jerk" reactions to hiring managers instead of supporting the recruiters. We have new management in place and it has completely upended the morale in the department. Everyone is interviewing and is exploring opportunities. There has been at least 10 people that have left within the past year. The promotions don't make any sense and when they do promote people they don't communicate it to anyone. The confidence in upper management has faltered due to the fact that they do not support the recriuiters or provide any guidance for the future. You are a service company that sells your employees but doesn't value them at all. It doesn't make any sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. They are your product. Stop focusing on trivial things and focus on the big picture. Support your employees. Guide your employees. I know you won't do any of this so its ridiculous for me to waste time doing this but someone has to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Client Service Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The property management side of things was great. I enjoyed providing great service to the tenants of the building.

    Cons

    I despised working with the leasing team and hated how the property managers bowed to their ridiculous overzealous nature. I appreciate that they bring tenants to properties but didn't care for the unethical ways they went about it. In the end I left because the local CBRE team's values didn't match my own, we were not a good fit for each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the company values be just for show - live them.

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

    Good people, poor management and leadership.

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Certainly the people i work with. There is no work-life balance and they always try to low-ball when you get hired.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are really bad. You pay a lot out of pocket. If you agree to anything that management says, it's more likely you will get promoted. Overall HR team is really weak. They does not know anything, every time you ask they ask you to call HR service center.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management Needs An Overhaul...

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    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent Benefits. Opportunity to work from home, if your role at company can be done virtually. Many colleagues have strong background in their industry area.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market across the US. Work-life balance is non-existent. Decisions made to promote people into Management roles seem to be based on their ability to kiss up, not on their skill sets. Senior management and HR professionals do not proactively listen to legitimate concerns from employees. Extremely long work hours (countless nights and weekends). Limited bonus and/or other compensation or even thanks for jobs well done. Lack of growth potential, unless you are extremely political, cutthroat, and NOT a team player. There are not many people to look up to in senior management. You almost feel sorry for the management and senior management team, as they do seem to have much of a life not related to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Radically rethink your assessment tools for choosing management, particularly on the infrastructure side. Work on morale as of yesterday, and provide clear career paths for all roles, not just the paths that provide CBRE with the most revenue. Create real, mandated incentive programs for employees, that are more than just a limited opportunity for bonus money (for example, work-life balance, gym memberships, break rooms, additional PTO -- something!).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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