CBRE Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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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. Helpful (1)

    There are no Pros

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

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

    Pros

    Nothing nice could be said

    Cons

    Who ever you speak to or meet arfe normally Nasty and curt.

    Advice to Management

    Make your employees knpw what it requires to be part of a team

  2. Helpful (1)

    No loyalty to employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you get in with a productive team - you're set

    Cons

    Regardless of how many years you put in - if you are not the "in" crowd, you can be kicked to the curb.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Bad management.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Saint Peters, MO

    I worked at CBRE

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

    Pros

    None. I can't think of anything good.

    Cons

    They leave you at a location with no support whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Have management on site.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Company is not that great

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    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

    I worked at CBRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bonuses are paid in December

    Cons

    Salary is low for the job market

  6. Helpful (4)

    Lead Sr. Business Intelligence Developer GCS

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    Current Employee - Senior Lead BI Developer GCS in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Lead BI Developer GCS in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at CBRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When I was hired it was a great place to work, As the great managers moved on (CIO Change) we were left with unprofessional, inexperienced managers that ruined the company and the culture.

    Cons

    Every person on the org chart between me through the CIO left. Leaving nothing but un professional and inexperienced leaders that ruined the company and the culture. Last straw was when they wanted me to train my off-shore replacement.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to make employee's work out of fear instead of motivation will never work as you have discovered in GCS.
    Outsourcing your Business Intelligence has very rarely worked for any company, research it. Hold the executives accountable for the poor decisions.

  7. Helpful (4)

    HR Department in Dallas Location

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PTO was good, location was excellent, provided public transportation at 100%

    Cons

    BEWARE - SERIOUSLY. They talk a good game, suck you in, but on the inside that is not the case. Their value is RISE R=Respect. I=Integrity (not true).

    Communication is bad. No policies and procedures: it hasn't been for more than 7 years.

    Advice to Management

    Get your image right internally before you look outside. You need to hire a third party vendor to come in to truly evaluate you all and who will be objective.

  8. Reverse Career Advancement

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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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (4)

    CBRE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Tables go up and down so you can stand.

    Cons

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

  10. Helpful (9)

    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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get a free t-shirt

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.

  11. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting point to learn about asset management

    Cons

    Your on a little island with no help from corporate

    Advice to Management

    Have some interaction with your asset service team

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