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CBRE Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
560 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company...Horrible Management (Recruiting Department)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    Watch your back...

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work-life balance....NOT

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for if you are right out of college looking to start your career. Decent benefits and vacation. Lots of employee recognition events geared towards the early twenties age range.

    Cons

    The company preaches "work-life" balance, however this is not true for all employees. Workload is not distributed well amongst the employees/teams...and upper management (controllers and up) seem to not hear the reasons turnover is so high. Very top heavy with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to employee concern. And...if you are going to preach work-life balance, make sure that ALL employees are given this opportunity to have balance!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Could be better but lots to improve

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Services Coordinator in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Real Estate Services Coordinator in Bloomington, MN

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

    Pros

    Very supportive team who will assist you in areas that you have questions on.
    Main holidays are guaranteed off.
    Quarterly team outings to get away from work (but still getting paid).
    Two days remote program for levels below Supervisor.
    Easy software to get your accounting career started fresh out of college.

    Cons

    Your team is limited to their supportiveness as to what level of positions they started off with or gone through. Ex> Someone who did not start at a coordinator level doesn't seem to understand the basics of what can and cannot be done by a coordinator. They tend to overwork the coordinator with questions that should be directed upwards and not downwards due to different work processes.
    Quarterly team outings tend to be optional nowadays due to large workloads that needs to be done (varies on your morale team on when they choose to have the outing).
    Unfair pay for the amount of workload you do compared to another who has less workload and don't ask to assist but sit their and socialize and play on their phones or browse the web at their cubicle.
    They say that leveling up is easy but it's not. You have to go through interviews also and are not guaranteed a promotion no matter how dedicated or hard you work. I think it should be a matter of trust and credit towards the current supervisor on whether the employee is a good candidate or not due to their every day knowledge of how the employee performs. If the employee fails to meet the expectations, that falls on the supervisor and their credibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay is a joke - The amount one is raised/decreased should be looked upon on how well they have performed. If they assist during their free-time to help their fellow teammates and shows initiative, that tells me that they are dedicated and deserve a high pay.
    If they just sit there, joke around, wander around, play on their phones, browse the web, or just sit in the cafe during their free-time, it tells me that either it's just a slow day or that they are not taking their job seriously. If it's just a slow day but they showed initiative to want to be busy by assisting others, then they deserve a high pay. If they don't do that or if they just slack around, I don't believe that they deserve a raise or the high pay that they currently have. Reason is that your company's name is on the line and you should find better ways to weed out those who don't show dedication. Incentives is one way to do that.

    Advancement is a joke - I believe it should be a matter of trust and credit towards the current supervisor on whether the employee is a good candidate or not due to their every day knowledge of how the employee performs. If the employee fails to meet the expectations, that falls on the supervisor and their credibility. I've been with the company for over 2 years now and I failed to get 3 promotions (2 was due to the coordinators who started a year after me who filled in their accountants position who quit, and the 3rd one was most likely due to my interview asking salary pay compared to an outside person from the company).

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

    Ruthless

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    Current Employee - Associate Appraiser in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Associate Appraiser in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Salary benefits travel Variety data

    Cons

    Long hours ruthless management no guidance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a heart

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

    Graphic Artist

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    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at CBRE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work independently for the most part. I enjoyed working on the Sprint Campus.

    Cons

    Very political, not a lot of direction, organizational changes never end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing management every month.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    A pay check and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of recognition and poor management. CBRE expects excellence from there employees, but the employees get nothing in return.

  11.  

    If you are starting out in the industry and not on a team with genuinuely good people, you will have a bad experience

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    Former Employee - Associate Broker in Woodbury, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Broker in Woodbury, NY

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

    Pros

    Name brand recognition and worldwide presence

    Cons

    Most everyone is simply out for themselves, specifically the senior brokers. Crash and burn model and taking in young, free or nearly free labor to do the grunt work, cold calls etc and then providing little in compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the young up and coming brokers, at least to some extent rather than always erring on the side of the bigger producers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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