CBRE Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
509 Reviews
3.4
509 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 26 reviews)

  • The paramount industry leader in commercial real estate (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not always honored due to competitiveness within the company (in 14 reviews)

  • May just focus on upper management development rather than the lower ranks (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience, lay-off

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great experience, learned a whole lot as far as property/project management is concerned. great co workers. no boss in office (always a plus)

    Cons

    I was laid off along with several others out of no where. there was a horrible severance package. wish it lasted longer. no warning of the lay off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Solid company and amazing opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs looking to thrive in Commercial Real Estate.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform. Challenging, interesting, fun. Team culture full of individuals that with strong work ethic.

    Cons

    "Your either in or your in the way" Internal and external clients can be very demanding.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE

    Pros

    I am not sure about the pros.

    Cons

    There is a lack of training.

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  5.  

    Not a great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay was good and there was some autonomy when it came to leading your individual team.

    Cons

    Management is very disorganized and distant from the staff. Lots of mundane data collection and an over emphasis on reporting made it dificult to focus on core responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the basics of FM and stop constantly trying to reinvent yourselves. CBRE can be a great company but it's time to invest a little more back into the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Safe, ethical, not too imaginative.

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    Current Employee - Property Management  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Property Management in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources - more than any other firm. Great clients and excellent training. Very ethical and sets high standards for all levels of employee. Very safe place to work - very conservatively run.

    Cons

    A very big company. Pretty easy to get lost in the bigness of it all. Pretty stingy with benefits and not very willing to spend money on employees to boost satisfaction or morale. Compensation trends below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so stingy with the small things that make work a pleasure and help employees feel appreciated. Pay market compensation to attract the very best people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Helpful superiors

    Cons

    Not a formal internship program. Rather boring work

  8.  

    CBRE is a Fair employer.

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    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    CBRE has decent benefits and is a fair employer. Large company with many international and national clients / accounts, so there is great opportunity to move up in Facilities Management and Project Management.

    Cons

    Office culture varies from account to account. Perks also vary and rely mostly on client approval and on individual account’s senior leadership. Rewards / Perks generally do not trickle down the totem pole unless your management team fights for you. Landing on a great account with a client that is satisfied with CBRE Services is the key. …Good Luck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take action and don't forget about the little people that make the organization work and maintain the client relationship. Investing and promoting continuous learning would help improve moral, ensure growth and loyalty from your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I wish I was still there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Spent nearly seven years with the company and enjoyed my time spent. Meet and work with some really good people.

    Cons

    I will say there is the proverbial politics to be played but you can get by playing the game. I would say they need to focus on the support staffs more and less on executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on support staffs more and cut out the useless middle to lower upper management positions and CBRE will shine more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Working at CBRE

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    Current Employee - Real Estate Event Manager
    Current Employee - Real Estate Event Manager

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are focused on customer service.

    Cons

    Takes longer than it should to promote.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Several Years Under My Belt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE part-time

    Pros

    stable, growing company; competitive firm

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about allowing more telecommute or other work/life balance options, and having more transparency regarding salary ranges, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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