CBRE Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Leadership has lost site of what's important.

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

    Pros

    They had great time-off policies.

    Cons

    They seem to prefer to hire from the outside rather than giving the opportunity for growth to their own employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was an on-site employee and I very seldom saw anyone from upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    My experience with cbre was greaat and very educational.;

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at CBRE as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had the best boss ever. His name was Doug Goss. He helped me expand my abilities into Swichgear operations and large Generators. He was very fair to employees and made for a good atmosphere to work. .

    Cons

    Some challenges were to be correct in everything we were involved with . We worked with the hiring manager in the same office so we learned to work closely with him and meet his needs. This experience taught us why the customer needs to receive what he ask for and never skimp on operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    From my experience having all employees completely involved with what is going on in the facility seems to bring unity and teamwork. Making sure every one is carrying there load and help others when need be. Listening to ideas from all employees gests them involved and makes them feel important..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Fair, typical corporate environment

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Nice management in the right group

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics. Poor work/life balance. Everyone is replaceable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest. Mean what you say

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Solid experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, direct manager was awesome

    Cons

    Little flexiblity with hours and repetitive tasks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Lots of room to try out different lines of CRE

    Cons

    Satisfaction of your job will depend on what broker(s) you get assigned too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Great Start to my career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    It was a good place to get my foot in the door after college. The people are fun and the pay is very good.

    Cons

    Not much movement in the creative area. Additionally there was seemingly no preparation time for anything.

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Decent entry level after college

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    Former Employee - Real Estate Accountant in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Real Estate Accountant in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Time off (PTO and company holidays), work from home, flex time

    Cons

    Low pay, load up and underpay younger employees while paying legacy employees more and assigning less work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to revise benefit package to retain talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Building Engineer

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    Former Employee - Building Engineer in Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Building Engineer in Round Lake, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. All depends on what account you work on.

    Cons

    Certain accounts lose track of CBRE as a whole. Everything evolves around cost savings and cut backs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train existing employees more often, advise college reimbursement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Lifelong Career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fun work environment, focus on employees and customers, flexibility

    Cons

    Buearocratic - but what company isn't. 401k could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring and promoting people at market competitive rates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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