CBRE Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
492 Reviews

3.4
492 Reviews
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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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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  1.  

    Great experience, lay-off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager

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

    Pros

    great experience, learned a whole lot as far as property/project management is concerned. great co workers. no boss in office (always a plus)

    Cons

    I was laid off along with several others out of no where. there was a horrible severance package. wish it lasted longer. no warning of the lay off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    too much focus on upper management, not enough focus on team work and assisting middle management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

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

    Pros

    Great potential to grow with the company, and learn new skills. PTO and holidays are comparable to most companies. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Upper management is focused on doing as little work as possible, while leaving middle management to fend for themselves. If you ask for assistance with something, rarely is it actually given. Upper management is so worried about their own backs that they link up together and basically make it impossible to ever get a resolution on issues you're having with them. Instead, they look at middle management as "disposable" and the place is basically a revolving door. It's true, what they say, the higher you get the less work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training your middle management and giving them the support they need to grow, within the company, instead of hindering their performance with your own lack of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company and amazing opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs looking to thrive in Commercial Real Estate.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform. Challenging, interesting, fun. Team culture full of individuals that with strong work ethic.

    Cons

    "Your either in or your in the way" Internal and external clients can be very demanding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Safe, ethical, not too imaginative.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Management  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Property Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources - more than any other firm. Great clients and excellent training. Very ethical and sets high standards for all levels of employee. Very safe place to work - very conservatively run.

    Cons

    A very big company. Pretty easy to get lost in the bigness of it all. Pretty stingy with benefits and not very willing to spend money on employees to boost satisfaction or morale. Compensation trends below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy with the small things that make work a pleasure and help employees feel appreciated. Pay market compensation to attract the very best people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Client Service

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Services Coordinator  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Client Services Coordinator in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Sometime its busy sometime its not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior REM position at Asset Services Los Angeles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Real Estate Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Real Estate Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at CBRE as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Portfolio 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 ManagementAdvice

    Senior 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Facility Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Facility Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The very definition of an "OK" job

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    Current Employee - Accountant
    Current Employee - Accountant

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

    Pros

    It'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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience in an established, corporate atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun if you don't like money

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Estate Accountant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Real Estate Accountant in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    We 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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