CBRE Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Overland Park, KS
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at CBRE as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    The people here do not communicate with each other at all. It was definitely a different experience that what I was used to and most of the people working here are rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to spend more time training employees and getting to know them as individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great career path and exposure to senior management. High level of collaboration between service lines.

    Cons

    No major cons to speak of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Good place to work if you want to be an entrepreneur with a corporate brand and setting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity when the real estate market is healthy. Competitive but fair. Allows you to make a much or a little as you want through their commission structure.

    Cons

    Not very team building or company loyalty oriented. CBRE is a marketing brand for real estate. Women have to fight hard to move up and not be see as administrative support only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for younger associates to work with experienced professionals in the company. Make this incentive driven and it will help groom the next generation of talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Opportunity, Opportunity, Opportunity!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    The amount of mentoring happening here is great! I enjoy knowing that the promotions are based upon performance and not seniority. Hard work is rewarded and the managers/supervisors are very adamant about helping their employees learn and succeed. They have a structured path to move up in the company and as an employee it's nice to know what the next step is and what I need to do to get there.

    Cons

    Teams are changing often due to promotions and growth opportunities. It is nice to be able to get to know a wide range of the employees at this location and learn from others that join your team or from a team you join after moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building and mentoring great teams. The ability to grow and move up in this company is a huge benefit to all employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Highly flexible

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Very merit driven. You make your own destiny.

    Cons

    Very large organization, takes a while to know all of the lines of business/resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on on-boarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great place when it comes to growth and being in a friendly environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Accountant in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Associate Accountant in Bloomington, MN

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    I was hired as an associate accountant and have to say it has been an amazing 6 months so far. The managers are so helpful, everyone is friendly and will help with whatever question you have, the two week training that was provided really eased me into the work, and even when starting they don't assume you are a pro after the two week training, they guide you on everything step-by-step. You still do have to work hard and digest a lot of info though.

    So many changes have been done to my team due to a bunch of promotions, great opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    The only problem is pay isn't that hot, but you can grow and if it really that much of a concern, having this company on your resume will give you a great edge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great opportunities for advancement w/in company, but will low-ball your salary as much as possible and overwork you

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator
    Former Employee - Client Services Coordinator

    I worked at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    I recommend this as a starting point for anyone new to the industry; Easy advancement within the company, will hire and train, very good company to start career in.

    Cons

    frustrating middle management; under appreciated, underpaid & overworked admin staff; favoritism to brokerage; neglected admin staff; desire to meet budgetary goals for corporate HQ at expense of workplace happiness of admin staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that if you want to reduce turnover of your admin staff, you must show loosen the purse strings and hire more people to relieve the burden of the existing staff. I, and many others, worked in positions better suited for 2 or 3 employees. Admin staff is consistently overworked and very under appreciated. You create resentment when brokerage is given freedom to mistreat their admins, but then make promises to improve working conditions for admin staff. Then give very confusing signals when management is seen attending workplace gatherings and happy hours with Brokerage while the admin staff are left to work overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great place to learn commercial real estate, positions available with no experience required

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Largest commercial real estate company in the world. Many different departments to try as your interests change.

    Cons

    Growing very quickly in the market and not always hiring the best candidate for the position. Lack of onboarding

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Amazing first 6 months!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    I am relatively new to CBRE, but have been here long enough to get a good feel for the company. I realize not all accounts are created equal, and I got a little lucky to land in an account that is perfect for me and what I am seeking for my career. Lots of support from within CBRE for career development, and my Alliance Director has been absolutely amazing in that arena. Very excited to be here, even after 6 months I feel this was the perfect move for my long term career goals!

    Cons

    From what I understand, not all accounts are as great as the account I am on. That seems to be a little hit and miss, but from those who can stick through a bad account for a couple years there are always other places to move on to without switching who your employer is!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the trend and focus on developing talent. That will keep those of us looking to grow and develop excited to do so and excited to do so within CBRE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Leadership has lost site of what's important.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Decent fringe benefits & some great people. Also, a good learning environment for those new to accounting... assuming you end up on a supportive team. Promotional opportunities are abundant if you know how to navigate the office politics.

    Cons

    Accounting leadership has lost site of what's important... it's people. The former leadership team used to focus on making the work environment supportive, fun and growth oriented, with attainable work-life balance. Those days are gone. The newer leadership team seems more focused on the bottom line... piling as much work as they can on employees in order to save money and meet an aggressive profit margin.

    Work-life balance is non existent, with staff working anywhere from 50-90+ hours per week on average. Desirable client assignments and promotions seem to go to whoever is sucks up to leadership the most. Those who don't play the game are either overlooked for promotions or fired.

    While there are morale building events, they are much less frequent or grand in scale as in years past. Plus, the increased work volume on each employee has reduced participation in these events. Beer & nachos only go so far.

    Clearly people are unhappy with the changes, because the turnover in the department is ridiculously high. Restaffing the positions with qualified candidates has been a challenge due to the improving job market.

    It is sad to see the downward spiral of what was once a great accounting department. Hopefully they can turn it around as there are still a lot of good people remaining.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on your people. If you treat your staff well the bottom line will follow. If you don't, the bottom line will ultimately suffer because you can't retain good people to do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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