CBRE Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
524 Reviews
3.4
524 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 27 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 15 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Senior

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE

    Pros

    Great company and culture, people are nice and work life balance is not bad

    Cons

    not too much growth, back office job just like any other private back off job

  2.  

    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

  3.  

    No Career Development - No Support from Management - Poor Technology

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Recruiter in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Location, paid parking/transit, work-from-home two days a week

    Cons

    Poor leadership, poor communication, no strategy for professional growth & development, will not invest in proper technology to support business, unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a leader who understands the value of what Recruiters do and bring to the company and one who has true experience in staffing and recruiting who can offer strategic direction and adequate workforce planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The inmates are running the asylum - BEWARE!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - I T in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - I T in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CBRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Use of the Flavia coffee machine is free. You might get a promotion if you look good in heels and/or are incompetent. (But wait! There's still hope for a promotion... if you are an oompa loompa... and incompetent.)

    Cons

    Management (people with management titles but no management skills), discrimination, no empathy, narcissism, no accountability, gross and rampant incompetence. "RISE" values - (Racist Incompetent Sociopaths Everywhere)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to hell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    CBRE is a Fair employer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (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
  7.  

    I wish I was still there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CBRE full-time (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
  8.  

    Working at CBRE

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Real Estate Event Manager
    Current Employee - Real Estate Event Manager

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (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
  9.  

    Great experience, lay-off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager

    I worked at CBRE full-time (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
  10.  

    too much focus on upper management, not enough focus on team work and assisting middle management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Real Estate Manager

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

    Pros

    Great potential to grow with the company, and learn new skills. PTO and holidays are comparable to most companies. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Upper management is focused on doing as little work as possible, while leaving middle management to fend for themselves. If you ask for assistance with something, rarely is it actually given. Upper management is so worried about their own backs that they link up together and basically make it impossible to ever get a resolution on issues you're having with them. Instead, they look at middle management as "disposable" and the place is basically a revolving door. It's true, what they say, the higher you get the less work you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training your middle management and giving them the support they need to grow, within the company, instead of hindering their performance with your own lack of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at CBRE full-time (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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