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CBRE Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
562 Reviews
3.4
562 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.  

    GREAT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    You can grow within the company

    Cons

    It takes sometime to receive salary raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Overall good place to work but can be dull

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Strategic Sourcing Intern in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at CBRE as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation
    Time off
    Relaxed work environment
    Independence
    Care about their employees
    Open to new ideas
    Always have solid feedback on work
    Always know exactly what you should be doing, if not, questions are encouraged

    Cons

    Work environment, while relaxing, can get extremely boring
    Although work feedback is always constructive, lag time is an issue
    Work given can be tedious and mind numbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is often extremely busy and gets trapped in a repetitive engagement cycle. I often did not see or hear from my managers until the scheduled weekly/ bi-weekly department meetings. Also, many employees work from home so management is isolated and often difficult to reach out to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Company...Horrible Management (Recruiting Department)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company has competitive benefits and the Dallas downtown location is perfect for commuters. The company also pays for your parking or DART pass.

    Cons

    The leadership in the staffing department really needs to take some leadership classes on how to manage a world class recruiting department. Remember you will have to pay for it as CBRE doesn't provide tuition reimbursement. There are people in place that are not true leaders. They are in their positions because they made friends with the right people. You don't get promoted based on talent. You are promoted because you learned how to play the game of getting ahead no matter what. The recruiting department has an exceptionally high turnover rate. The department lost almost half of the team in one year. The requisition load is twice of what an average requisition workload should be. Recruiters are required to maintain a workload of 40 requisitions but if often swells to 60 and 70 reqs. The recruiters are overworked and stressed. I believe that the environment is not conducive to progression and upward mobility. There is no clear career progression path for recruiters and the stress of trying to just maintain is overwhelming. I feel as though recruiters are walking into an environment of failure, hostility and poor leadership. Managers are unprofessional as they talk about employees to other employees. Senior level leadership doesn't have a clue as to what it takes to run a world class recruiting department. They play the blame game when things fall apart. The organization fills well over 6000 positions each year without an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). What fortune 500 company doesn't have an ATS and doesn't have a plan to put one in place? They have team building events on work nights (after you have worked all day long), who does that? That’s not team building that’s cutting into your personal time and time with family. There is no work/life balance. You work around the clock to maintain the heavy workload and after a while the stress of it all starts to take you down. Recruiting can be a very rewarding profession. You play a major part in building a successful organization. CBRE needs to learn to value their employees and take action against employees (mangers and non-managers) who don’t uphold the values of the company. If the retention in your department is not good someone needs to take another look as to why. Managers with a subjective thought process needs to be retrained or should be removed from their positions. If you are thinking about becoming a recruiter for CBRE, I would carefully rethink that decision. Turn around and never look back. I did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and dignity. Stop micro-managing your professionals. Create an environment of trust and respect. I promise you, it goes both ways. Get rid of managers who are negative and unpleasant. Promote employees for talent and leadership skills not because they are your buddy or they do whatever you ask them to do. If you don’t know how to run the organization, step aside and allow a true leader to take the helm and reshape and mold the organization. The staffing department is in serious trouble. Someone needs to take over and make some decisions. Start to make a change now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn the industry

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    People are really professional.

    Cons

    Big company easy to get lost

  6.  

    Invests in employees and provides opportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Estate Accounting Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Real Estate Accounting Services in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    CBRE is the number one commercial real estate services firm. The company's status gives it the ability to reinvest in its employees through training opportunities, merit increases, etc. The company is global with over 34,000 employees, yet at the local market level, it feels like it's own smaller company with the advantages of a large organization.

    Cons

    I don't see this as a "con," but some might so I will list it here: the company is continually evolving, changing, and growing. This is a benefit to employees to allow for continuous growth opportunities. If you don't like change, you may not be comfortable with this platform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your employees - it leads to loyal, happy employees who will work hard for the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run away. Run far far away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Happy place with good environment and people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    Best in the business with great resources

    Cons

    Large corporate firm that can be a bit too big at times

  9.  

    Mobile Maintenance Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mobile Maintenance in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Mobile Maintenance in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Good management, fair pay, decent health insurance and 401k.

    Cons

    Some clients on certain accounts get away with treating CBRE employees badly while little is done to step in and correct it. It can be very stressful at times. You will bring work home with you and be on call to deal with high maintenance clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.
    Bring tuition reimbursement back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    great company, nice people, good opportunities

    Cons

    not much to be unhappy about

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Management Transparency Non-Existent and Be Prepared to Work Around the Clock

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Downtown location. Very cool people to work with. Having the ability to be the "number one" in the industry.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. There is no way around it. It is a nonstop revolving door in the Staffing department. There are a few people that apparently need to go back to Highschool because that is the way they act. Constantly playing games, backstabbing and acting like they support you when they really don't. The new leader that took over last year has brought the entire companies morale down to non existent. They continue to promote people that have no idea what they're doing into positions with no accountability. There is no work-life balance. You have a leader telling you that if you can't get all of your work done in a 10 hour day that you need to be at home sourcing at night working at night. That is not a healthy life to lead. There is no upward mobility and when you even bring up the fact that you'd like a promotion, they scoff at you like you haven't worked so hard. They really just don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take note of when you have 20 people leave in one department in a year that maybe something is wrong with that department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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