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CBRE Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
562 Reviews
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562 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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  1.  

    Intense work load and long hours most days, but a flexible environment to juggle work and personal appointments.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with a great team of people who were professional and knew their stuff.

    Cons

    The client determines the work load and the management at CBRE has to go with what the client expects - even if they don't agree with it or like it. It was difficult to take time off without getting backed up due to the work load.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    no cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn the industry

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    People are really professional.

    Cons

    Big company easy to get lost

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  5.  

    GREAT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    You can grow within the company

    Cons

    It takes sometime to receive salary raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company...Horrible Management (Recruiting Department)

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    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
  8.  

    Facility Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    One of the big real estate management companies in US

    Cons

    Not a good chance to advance, most Sr management is not capable to lead groups,over sell the service

  9.  

    Account run from out of state.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Large company. Good reputation. Great employees.

    Cons

    Supervisor out of state. No rapid response to phone calls or e-mails. On one's own for immediate decision making. Priorities change weekly. Not run like local accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication. Let employees know the full scope of the job before hiring, including all related responsibilities. No surprises as to job duties that were not specified at the interview and hire dates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Watch your back...

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    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
  11.  

    Overall good place to work but can be dull

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    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at CBRE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation
    Time off
    Relaxed work environment
    Independence
    Care about their employees
    Open to new ideas
    Always have solid feedback on work
    Always know exactly what you should be doing, if not, questions are encouraged

    Cons

    Work environment, while relaxing, can get extremely boring
    Although work feedback is always constructive, lag time is an issue
    Work given can be tedious and mind numbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is often extremely busy and gets trapped in a repetitive engagement cycle. I often did not see or hear from my managers until the scheduled weekly/ bi-weekly department meetings. Also, many employees work from home so management is isolated and often difficult to reach out to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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