CBRE Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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Pros
  • The work-life balance was very good (in 28 reviews)

  • Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • The confidence in upper management has faltered due to the fact that they do not support the recriuiters or provide any guidance for the future (in 21 reviews)

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  1. This company is not fair in promotions and salaries.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager
    Current Employee - Real Estate Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    CB has a flexible schedule at times. They often let you work independently.

    Cons

    The company is too corporate and many people are over looked. The pay is very low in comparison to the industry average for Property Managers. The promotions are handled unfairly. Some people do not meet the requirements to be in their position.

    Advice to Management

    You should be more available/approachable to your employees. You should recognize good people before it's too late. You jpromote people more fairly.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Who cares

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transaction Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Transaction Manager in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most Benefits are competitive, but health care costs to employees is outrageous

    Cons

    Managment was not responsive and didn't care about my insight as to the workings of corp account services. Management wouldn't allow me to pursue company paid RE coursework CCIM stating it was non job related.... I thought education was pursued to allow you to grow. Was treated as administrative personnell and not educated professional

    Advice to Management

    The company is a big place with many opportunities. Just because one corp services positions ends doesn't mean employee should not be given opportunities to move to other posiitons..... Corp American treats everyone as dispensible.... the lack of loyalty will eventually catch up to them.


  3. It's a Learning Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package is good. They have very good promotional opportunities if you are a male in your 20s or early 30s.

    Cons

    It's a very structured, high-stress environment where employees frequently don't feel respected or appreciated despite all the "feel good" activities which are frequently planned during employee busiest workload times.

    Advice to Management

    People are not machines and are able to be much more productive for the company if you take the pressure off.


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  5. Cold and rigid place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    View of the water is great.

    Cons

    Management seems to have a "holier than though" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    More value to the support staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    Apathetic management with little emphasis on accountability

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll help the company to profit and they'll boast about "big wins", while they keep your salary frozen for a few years. You'll learn the art of brown-nosing in order to get ahead, regardless of your intellect. Great team culture, if you like to take one for the team.

    Cons

    Promotion is based on "who you know" rather than "what you know". They keep your salary frozen for extended periods (2-3 years). Lack of accountability: You are expected to do things that other people are supposed to own, and then aren't even recognized for it. Poor recognition: Do your job very well and you hear nothing. Make one mistake, and they hang it over your head like a dark cloud.

    Advice to Management

    Don't reward employees by permitting them to wear jeans for a week, as this doesn't help pay the bills. Stop sending the employees emails touting "big wins", unless you plan on increasing their compensation accordingly. What goes around comes around. Weed out the managers who promote based on brown-nosing. Pay and respect your employees fairly.


  7. Play the game to go anywhere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent middle management supervisors. They identify and see the problems the grunts deal with. They went to bat for the grunts but upper management didn't give a rat's....you get the idea. Flexible with time off.

    Cons

    Pay scale is way below where it should be. Not even close to competitive. Everyone on my team was maxed out as far as work load and they didn't bat an eye at piling on more.

    Advice to Management

    Give a hoot for how your grunts (those doing the day to day work) are feeling.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Not a good environment for career progression or being recognized for achievements

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company who is the leader in their field

    Cons

    Managment needs to be turned over, HR doesn't listen to its employees concerns and needs new leadership as well.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee base. Brown nosers and suck ups are the only people who progress in this company. Why?


  9. Helpful (5)

    Dont walk-RUN from Sprint/CBRE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing. Poor benefits for such a large company

    Cons

    What a dreadful experience. If you work at Sprint you will be outsourced to CBRE if you fall under the Real Estate dept. You will be overworked, underpaid, and generally treated like a piece of garbage. Imagine working for a cell phone company but not given a phone for business purposes even though you are expected to be available 24-7-365. If you dont have one you need to pay for one and then they pick up the monthly tab, but you dont own it so you are basically buying a phone so they can overwork you!!!!!!!!Not sure what is like to work at other accounts, but the Sprint account is a horror show and should be avoided at all costs!

    Advice to Management

    Learn that people have options and will explore those options if treated poorly. Turnover has a negative affect on production and morale


  10. Helpful (1)

    :/

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Number one company in the world in it's category

    Cons

    no since of comradery. all one company put you can still be treated like an outsider

    Advice to Management

    get your noses out of the clouds & down to earth with your employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    Long hours, no recognituion

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Property Accountant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Property Accountant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    It looks good on your resume; however, a lot of employers know about CBRE's reputation. Which them becomes a plus. Potential employers know it is one step above a sweat shop.

    Cons

    Long hours, terrible management and even more so of their managers, no bonuses or raises unless you are in management. Deadlines changed monthly, therefore, making it very, very difficult to hit the deadline. This then leaves a window open for them to dismiss you with that being the cause. My 3 years there seemed like at least 6.

    Advice to Management

    Look at who supports you and who helped to get you where you are today. Look harder at mid-management level candidates. Some of the ones that I have experience with don't know how to manage their teams, but just know how to play the game. Will throw anyone under them under the bus to save them.



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