CBRE Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
529 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 27 reviews)

  • The paramount industry leader in commercial real estate (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 15 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great big Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Coordinator
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Good starting point to learn about asset management

    Cons

    Your on a little island with no help from corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some interaction with your asset service team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No Career Development - No Support from Management - Poor Technology

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Location, paid parking/transit, work-from-home two days a week

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor communication, no strategy for professional growth & development, will not invest in proper technology to support business, unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a leader who understands the value of what Recruiters do and bring to the company and one who has true experience in staffing and recruiting who can offer strategic direction and adequate workforce planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The inmates are running the asylum - BEWARE!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - I T in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - I T in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Use of the Flavia coffee machine is free. You might get a promotion if you look good in heels and/or are incompetent. (But wait! There's still hope for a promotion... if you are an oompa loompa... and incompetent.)

    Cons

    Management (people with management titles but no management skills), discrimination, no empathy, narcissism, no accountability, gross and rampant incompetence. "RISE" values - (Racist Incompetent Sociopaths Everywhere)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Significantly Underpaid - Unreasonable Expectations - No Opportunity For Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The chance to work with institutional clients on a variety of assets.

    Cons

    Assistant Manager in Orange County, CA: If you're experienced and motivated except to work 10+ hours a day; compensation is significantly below market rate; absolutely no defined scope of work and no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A corporation is only as valuable as its leaders. Excessive workload combined with a submarket compensation package only drives away the talent which allows CBRE to be such a profitable entity. More importantly it jeopardises the integrity of the firm as a whole and puts the entire corporation at severe risk...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hopeless

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    CBRE China has a lot of potential and generally has one of the best platforms to work in real estate in the world. Additionally, the company has many helpful and talented professionals around the world.

    Cons

    This is a good company in most places except China. CBRE China has no culture and has a tendency to restructure every 3-5 years (which has been true since its founding in China) which usually ends with most of the businesses, decimated. It tries to manage China remotely through Hong Kong by buying the wrong talent at exorbitant prices. Arguably CBRE's senior management doesn't understand China at all. It is a horrible company to work for, for mid-management employees because the senior management keeps changing, a moving goal post.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are to many Chefs in the kitchen, CBRE needs to spend time building a culture, and stop the cycle of restructuring every 3-5 years. Lastly, it needs to stop building "bad will" in the market by exiting people poorly, and so often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    CBRE rating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Queens Village, NY
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Queens Village, NY

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good job to work at when full time (benefits)

    Cons

    Pay, bosses are funny towards a certain ppl

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    A lot of exposure on the largest deals in town

    Cons

    Limited growth potential due to inverted pyramid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring the best

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Some remarkable Leaderships in the Mumbai office from 2005 to 2012. And an unmatched Office Services team which set the tone of a culture that promoted zero rivalry translating into an extremely constructive learning and growth oriented environment. A large client base mandated as well as locally generated business.

    Cons

    A conservative outlook where one is given a comission based on no disclosures ensuring a non-transparency since its inception.
    An extremely disrespectful set of Senior Management in the Headquarter Delhi.
    A philosophy to hire based on limited competencies to ensure a small commission payouts thereby ensuring an insulated system of checks.
    Zero HR function since its inception.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While conducting business with immense finesse may be your forte but a series of dissatisfied employees in a company which once had the prime edge based on an excellent work culture should be concerning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst work experience of a lifetime

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pto and holiday pay

    Cons

    Absolutely the worst support from management ever. Manager dumped as much of her job responsibilities on her staff as possible and continually harrassed with countless emails and other imature tactics. No support from hr and upper management. CBRE solves problems by punishing staff who dare to tell the truth. So much for no retaliation if a grievence is filed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the truth smacks you in the face, grow a pair and do the right thing. Way too worried about self image. My manager is so terrible and incompetent that I truly believe if she had a tattoo on her forehead that said "idiot" she would actually get a promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Had a horrible time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are good and you get your paycheck on time.

    Cons

    Having someone look over your shoulder all the time and told that everything you do is wrong, gets tiring really fast.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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