CBRE
3.3 of 5 451 reviews
www.cbre.com Los Angeles, CA 5000+ Employees

CBRE Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.3 451 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic

Robert E. Sulentic

(99 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 20 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 12 reviews
  • "Upper management says how great they are when it is not always true"
    in 18 reviews
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    Hopeless

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    ProsCBRE 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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Maintenance Technician (Current Employee)
    Queens Village, NY

    ProsGood job to work at when full time (benefits)

    ConsPay, bosses are funny towards a certain ppl

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    Good place to learn

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsA lot of exposure on the largest deals in town

    ConsLimited growth potential due to inverted pyramid

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring the best

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    New Delhi (India)

    ProsSome 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.

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementWhile 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst work experience of a lifetime

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPto and holiday pay

    ConsAbsolutely 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 Senior ManagementWhen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Had a horrible time.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    lots of people with arrogance o

    Vice President - Corporate Services (Current Employee)

    ProsSalary very good and decent bonus

    ConsNot much chance of promotion unless you are in their main office

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the staff and live your values

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible people… terrible company…

    Accountant (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsI don't work there anymore

    ConsThere isn't enough space to describe how bad this company is

    Advice to Senior ManagementShortsighted

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bonuses shocking. Promises everything, delivers nothing despite high personal performance.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to gain experience in order to move on.

    ConsCompensation very poor, below market average. Middle management poorly trained displaying flagrant lack of people management skills and often display favoritism. Bonuses never delivered upon even if you display consistently high performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good if you are aggressive and political.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsClose to good lunch spots.

    ConsBullying, harrassment and favouritism are rife. Great place to work if you are aggressive and political. Avoid it like the plague if you are in an administrative role.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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