CBRE Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
Robert E. Sulentic
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Pros
  • The work-life balance was very good (in 28 reviews)

  • Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • 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 (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Good job low pay

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good job, coworkers are nice and work hard

    Cons

    Incompetent management, overworked staff, very little promotion $


  2. Needs To Do Better

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Resume booster
    Great access to shakers and movers in industry

    Cons

    Corporate management really stifles growth of support staff
    only way to move up is to leave and come back
    lack of real diversity in brokerage (less than 5 African American brokers in the whole DC, MD, VA area, but they preach it on their website)
    no real value put on support staff, given crumbs and expected to produce top quality work
    old equipment
    no real training for support staff

    Advice to Management

    Recent management changes are good. Corporate has to understand that like JLL, you have to invest and be competitive in this industry. CBRE is the biggest, but the pay is the lowest. Other companies get it and invest in technology as well as their people. When you do this you can expect top quality work. Until then you will only be able to hire subpar talent.


  3. Mobile Maint. Tech.

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    Current Employee - Mobile Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBRE full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Co. Real big company

    Cons

    overworked many obsticles and hours

    Advice to Management

    no


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Project Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Brea, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent training, generally good people, RISE Values.

    Cons

    No promotional opportunities. They make you believe there are opportunities, then change the requirements and you are no longer eligible. Some managers really let power get to their heads.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the talent you have before it leaves.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Things aren

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    You will get the opportunity to learn more than what you were hired to do, but without the pay.

    Cons

    Leadership and Upper Salaried positions receive bonuses. I was told at my interview that the company encouraged promotions and for employees to apply for higher positions, yet was told there was no money in the budget for three quarters when there was. You will be given more job responsibilities with no more money and it will never change. You will be hired at a position where you will be stuck. Honesty isn't always the policy, their RISE values are far from represented. You are expected to take on more work with no recognition of your skills and how much you do, you will never be appreciated for it. There is no equal opportunity,

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest a closer following up on site managers, higher up leaders by teams instead of just thinking things are being done with the consideration of employees and integrity. It might actually benefit the company to have employees who can speak highly of those that hired them and know that employees interests are also top on their list, not just their own.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Better opportunities elsewhere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Career advancement up to a degree but minimal pay increases with each move.
    Lots of support for training if you take initiative to go outside your organization and find classes.
    Great work/life balance (at least in my office)

    Cons

    Lots of talk about how much this global company is expanding, increasing market share and buying out other companies but you'll see none of this expansion in your paychecks.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people or they will continue to leave for better paying jobs as the market heats up.


  8. Helpful (2)

    CBRE REVIEW

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Portfolio Analyst in Memphis, TN

    I worked at CBRE

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

    Pros

    CBRE as a company that pays well and offer great benefits. There are many remote opportunities and flexible working schedules available. It is a very fast paced environment and you must posses the ability to multi-task.

    Cons

    Its extremely hard to advance your career. A lot of politics involved. Promotions are not based on performance nor merit. Adequate training is not given upon hire in some areas because management is not knowledgable in most areas so you are left to figure things out on your own or seek out resources to get your job done effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your best asset. Recognizing them and adequate training is essential to your success. There is a lot of nepotism and unfair hiring practices that are going unnoticed by senior management that is affecting your business and employee morale.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Difficult Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collierville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collierville, TN

    I worked at CBRE (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary and network is fairly well developed

    Cons

    Siloed approach in working with others

    Advice to Management

    Reach out to other functional areas and share ideas


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Too big to fail....?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Whatever you're trying to do has probably already been done.
    - Whatever you don't know, someone probably does.
    - Name recognition.

    Cons

    -You're a number.
     -It's mostly a good-ole boys club. Good luck if you're not a white man.
     -Highly bureaucratic. Upward mobility takes years (and probably quitting and coming back).
     -Brokers are stars, everyone else is furniture. Ask how to be one, you'll get the runaround.
    - You're not paid what you're worth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your folks. Consider that they MIGHT want to work for the company, just not for you their whole lives, and help develop them to reach their full potential. They! thank you for it, and will bring more value to the team.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Assistant Property Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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