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CBRE Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.3 465 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic

Robert E. Sulentic

(105 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    The very definition of an "OK" job

    Accountant (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's hard to summarize such a large organization, since each department and office has it's own culture. I'll just speak to the department and location I worked in.
    Pros:
    -Lots of mobility within the company. I switched departments and was promoted. Quite a few people have been promoted and moved departments in the ~2 years I've worked here
    -Good work life balance for the most part. There are some days where you will need to work 10-12 hours, but that is just the nature of my job function
    -Coworkers are nice

    Cons-Pay is below average
    -Work can get a little stale and boring (but that is just the nature of accounting in general). There are days where you just try to look busy for 8 hours a day

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Client Services Coordinator (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood people, everyone is really nice.

    ConsSometime its busy sometime its not

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior REM position at Asset Services Los Angeles

    Senior Real Estate Manager (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat people with a lot of property management experience, great clients and great properties. You get to work with top notch asset managers at all major institutional investors.

    ConsPortfolio people are stretched thin. There is a big difference in responsibility for portfolio people versus single asset teams. Plus pay for non-reimbursed people is usually lower than for reimbursed people (at all levels).

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior leadership (especially outside LA) should visit the properties more often and listen o rank and file what the issues are. Most senior leaders have never managed a property in their life (they are mostly ex-brokers). They need to understand where and how the money is made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company but management style depends on the account. Apparently no oversight from HQ,

    Facility Manager (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGood people at the grass-roots level. Prior to taking a position, try to talk to a current employee on that specific account.

    ConsNon-communicative management on certain accounts, no correction or attention from above. BUT, that depends on the account, some have really great leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood time to spend some budget on 360-Feedback. They tout Respect but there was very little from Senior Mgt towards those who actually did face time with the client. Smoke and mirrors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience in an established, corporate atmosphere.

    Client Services Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsThe culture will depend on the team you're working with. In general, it's a pretty laid back but professional environment. There are a lot of holidays per a banking schedule. Easy work life balance.

    ConsThe environment is very clique oriented. If you're in a marketing position, it's great for new graduates but not a lot of room for growth unless you get on the corporate team. A lot of blatant favoritism, based on if you're in the good ol' boys club. Promotions seem to be based on personal standing more than your work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun if you don't like money

    Real Estate Accountant (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsGreat people, relatively unstressful work. I've seen other people say that the company is very political and supervisors play favorites, but I don't see that. Maybe I'm just on a good controller team. Getting to work at home two days a week is nice too.

    ConsThe pay flat out sucks. I'm making approximately 70% of the market rate. If I didn't have to have a second job, I would be more proactive about looking for something else. But the company loses a ton of good people - and will lose me - due to the crap pay. Even controllers full well admit this. Uneven workloads are a problem, too. Sometimes you have to get there at 6am, sometimes you spend half the day going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe lose clients because we can't retain talented people because you won't pay us what we're worth. Stop sending emails about Big Wins if none of that winning gets passed on down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work life balance here.

    ConsMoving up in the company is not easy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore benefits.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very professional

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Irwindale, CA

    Pros-good environment to work at
    -plenty of room for growth
    -there are advancements
    -good people and very professional
    -very kind people and helpful

    Cons-plenty of work load
    -can be stressed due to client's contracts and dilemas
    -some upper managements are not very nice
    -they can be rude at time due to stress level when there are deadlines

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to start your career out of college

    Accounting Coordinator (Current Employee) Bloomington, MN

    ProsLow pay comparing to other companies

    Conslow pay and lot of work load

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease pay and try to decrease the turnover ratio

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    RISE

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation and work flexibility along with peers-good people.

    ConsLack of equality in application of RISE values. Management is overly ambitious and political to a fault.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen and consider all views and show balance in review of information and treatment of all. Do the right thing.

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