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CBRE Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
564 Reviews
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564 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.  

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Got to meet new friends, free coffee. Did I mention the free coffee. Compensation was average. Free creamers for the coffee.

    Cons

    There was a lack of judgement in promoting a Senior PM to a Director Position. This individual lacked the social skills to lead a team – was very narcissistic. Several Senior PMs and PMs left the Firm for the Competition. A lack of contracts necessitated a wave of lay-offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must question the soundness of the remaining Directors RL & MR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    CBRE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Tables go up and down so you can stand.

    Cons

    Cronyism, nepotism, and favoritism is part of the business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run away. Run far far away.

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Memphis, TN

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    You get a free t-shirt

    Cons

    Everything else (including the paint color). Salaries are horrendously low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Start over. Listen to people. Honestly listen even if they disagree with you. Allow people to enjoy work again. Get a sense of humor.

    The Client Accounting office in Memphis has undergone the saddest, darkest transformation I've ever experienced. It can be attributed to poor, unqualified, inexperienced senior leadership. The wrong people in these roles has ruined what CBRE once offered--an enjoyable place to work that valued individualism, creativity, and honest open feedback. It is the land of drones who are told to keep any opinion that is not that of a director quiet. If you disagree or think something should be handled differently they immediately call you negative and they will and do retaliate. The office is also completely controlled by an HR representative who is states away but called upon to make decisions about people's lives and futures that he/she has never even met, spoken to, questioned, etc. This company claims it owns you at all times if you happen to supervise people whether you are at home, out to dinner with friends, or at a sanctioned company event. Middle managers are put into horrible positions. All employee reviews, meetings, disciplinary actions, hiring decisions, etc. are prepared/made at a controller level or above but are forced upon middle managers to be delivered as their own. I witnessed employees get into trouble for a bad attitude because they didn't smile at a certain controller in the elevator. I've witnessed leaders take ideas and work prepared/presented by others and claim it as their own. I compare the new CBRE client accounting office in Memphis to the Death Star. If you want to work for the Dark Side without an opinion, without being valued after years of service, without doing true accounting (this shop basically is a data processing center with many jobs moving offshore or being prepared to move offshore daily), without privacy in any aspect of your life....go for it. They may trick you for a year or two. I feel genuinely sorry for those who wrote reviews after less than a year of service. The koolaid will wear off. They will see. They will see how far from the RISE values some of those in charge live their lives (professionally and personally). I would rather be unemployed and live under a bridge than return to a place I once loved dearly. It was home then. It is Hell now. My thoughts are with all of the employees who remain there.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great big Company

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    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
  6.  

    No Career Development - No Support from Management - Poor Technology

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The inmates are running the asylum - BEWARE!

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Significantly Underpaid - Unreasonable Expectations - No Opportunity For Growth

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    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hopeless

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    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
  10.  

    CBRE rating

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    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
  11.  

    Good place to learn

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    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

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