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CBRE Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
595 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 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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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CBRE part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant peers and everyone is there to help. Plenty of work to do yet enough resources and people that nothing gets pushed to a deadline.

    Cons

    Pay not great. CBRE knows how powerful their name is and understands they don't have to pay interns competitively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    CBRE is a people driven company. They treat their employees well and in turn the clients get excellent service.

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    Former Employee - Senior Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Property Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are very organized and take care of the details. the new hire training was extensive and employees can take additional classes through the intranet site. I remember getting an email on my first anniversary with a code for a gift. This went away during the recession in 2008 but showed willingness of CBRE to recognize their employees.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to advance in the company as a property manager. If you are doing a good job, the Director does not want you to move. Sometimes you have to leave in order to advance your career. On the sales side this is not the case since the compensation is performance driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow property managers to earn a portion of the commission for lease renewals. This incentive income is a nice bonus and encourages the manager to maintain a consistent relationship with the Tenants and partnership with the leasing agents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    good place to work with good benefits

    Cons

    The boss changed her mind often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for independent personalities who can handle freedom

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Very little micromanagement and great empowerment.

    Cons

    Cost reductions and constant chase after dollars.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Opportunity for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    When coming into a fortune 500 company from any background that is not commercial or residential real-estate, all things seems foreign. At the Phoenix office location right away they make you feel like family. They teach you the ropes and constantly show gratitude when ever an opportunity presents it self.

    Cons

    Its very hard to get in the in crowd especially since most of the girls known each other for years. However that is not in your job to make life long friends. Basically as a professional there are not to many cons because you work with professional and almost always feel appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow new employees who comes in with degree opportunities that educational they are prepared for or even experience. It might surprise you how a person hard work and dedication can constantly surpass any exceptions you might have for one in that given job experience. Often times people will not know people in the company to get that recommendation and/or approval so checking ones credentials can be the difference between a long time invested employee and someone that will only be hired base upon family or close friend referral.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Exposure to different industries and clients.

    Cons

    Need more training for new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

  8.  

    CBRE was the best company I've worked for.

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    Former Employee - Audio Visual Coordinator
    Former Employee - Audio Visual Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Paid time off was great, the accounts i worked with were top notch, supervisors and colleges were great. I received more training about areas i was not strong in than expected, but was not made to take repetitive training that i was the expert in.

    Cons

    The Politics were silly sometimes, there was more short term travel than expected, and purchasing supplies and needs were a pain more often than not.
    The starting pay was not what it was with some other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire me again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    "Best in Class, Global Reach...becomes what you make it"

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    Former Employee - Broker
    Former Employee - Broker

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

    Pros

    - Global Fortune 500 company, comes with widely-known reach and presence naturally
    - Brokerage is what you make it...high upside/opportunities thereof
    - Good in-house resources: marketing, research, etc (although they come at a price!)

    Cons

    - Too many brokers working the same markets which leads to infighting
    - At times ineffective regional management, not willing to make the tough decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't discourage the true entrepreneurial spirit of brokerage. There is definite power in specialization and expertise, but the lack of diversity/opportunity outside your direct "swim lane" can be highly discouraging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Opportunities for those that want them.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    If you're assertive and display an enthusiastic attitude, your efforts are noticed. I was in a staff position and survived an acquisition. I saw this as an opportunity to showcase my abilities and it paid off. I became the right hand to a newly hired manager and was held in high regard by upper management.

    Cons

    A company this size has a lot of red tape and many hands in the decision making pot. Almost all of the management executives I interacted with were friendly and genuine. There were a few that were on a power trip and extremely self serving and beyond fake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest introducing yourself to the rank and file people of the organization. These people may not be revenue generators but they are the oil behind the machine. They need to believe that they contribute and add value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Entrepreneur oriented

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    Current Employee - Broker Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Broker Associate in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities with all kinds of RE service types, work flexibility (depending on your team) and growth opportunities are infinite.

    Cons

    401K could be better matched and they are cheap when it comes to holiday parties or supporting fitness or networking activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    401K could be better matched and they are cheap when it comes to holiday parties or supporting fitness or networking activities. CBRE should put focus on supporting local events, runs, networking happy hours, etc.; it's important to stay relevant outside of the office as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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