CBRE Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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CBRE President & CEO Robert E. Sulentic
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Pros
  • The work-life balance was very good (in 28 reviews)

  • Leading Commercial Real Estate firm in New England with ability to leverage CBRE's global platform (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is non-existent (in 17 reviews)

  • The confidence in upper management has faltered due to the fact that they do not support the recriuiters or provide any guidance for the future (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Associate Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variation of projects throughout California. Ability to travel and experience all different types of projects. Ability to transfer to other accounts and pick up knowledge. Ability to manage projects on your own, no micro managing.

    Cons

    Long hours, frequent changes in Scope, budget and schedule. approvals take long, KPI are difficult to keep with. Lots of administrative paperwork. not enough time to manage projects.

    Advice to Management

    If you learn as much as you can from an account, its time to move to the next and get as much experience as you can. The more experience you have the more valuable you are. PMP and LEED accreditations aren't always a must, but does look good on your resume.


  2. Change Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Change Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Change Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    History of being in real estate

    Cons

    Poor assimilation process Poor management skills

    Advice to Management

    Develop orientation and buddy system for new employees Specify 30-60-90 day goals


  3. A great place for those global real estate practitioners who are performance driven.

    Current Employee - Senior Vice President/Brokerage in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President/Brokerage in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Managed by performance Global platform with a vast array of specialty experts to tap into & leverage my practice Commission based job provides greater flexibility for work/life balance

    Cons

    The scale & scope of company services is sometimes daunting to navigate


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  5. Great place to work! Good people!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CBRE full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid company from top down management leadership.

    Cons

    I've heard that compensation in general is below average, but the work environment makes up for it.


  6. Client Service

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    Current Employee - Client Services Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Client Services Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, everyone is really nice.

    Cons

    Sometime its busy sometime its not

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good people, poor management and leadership.

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Certainly the people i work with. There is no work-life balance and they always try to low-ball when you get hired.

    Cons

    Medical benefits are really bad. You pay a lot out of pocket. If you agree to anything that management says, it's more likely you will get promoted. Overall HR team is really weak. They does not know anything, every time you ask they ask you to call HR service center.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for if you are in sales, otherwise not so much

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    Former Employee - Information Services Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Information Services Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, motivated employees, lots of revenue, generous sales people

    Cons

    Low salary for non sales persons, sales dominated company therefore all other employees not in sales or appraisals are low on the totem pole and are not treated as fairly


  9. Good Company, great place to work with the right boss

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been with CBRE in the Bay Area for a short while, and I have had a great experience with the company, mainly due to my supervisor. He is a great motivator and a great resource for all of the other employees on this account- GCS- Global Corporate Services

    Cons

    The company is huge so it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Many changes in the short time I have been there; it is sometimes like a revolving door. People come and go from the account. Again, if it was not for my supervisor, I may have not lasted this long either.

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention. It seems like too many people come and go from this company. Try to work on getting the right people and maybe they will stay for a while.


  10. The best tools the industry has to offer.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Real Estate Services Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    very advance technology, make daily task very easy.employee training is online and tutorial are very helpful for new employees

    Cons

    do more but don't expect pay. Managing Director expect you to work beyond your scope but don't expect pay.

    Advice to Management

    employee promotion should be reviewed at higher corporate level.


  11. Helpful (3)

    CB Richard Ellis- The Best Opportunity Commercial Real Estate can offer.

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CB Richard Ellis is the largest commercial real estate company in the world. CBRE has over 300 offices, spread amongst 50 different countries. Due to its impressive size, CBRE has access to numerous resources that other real estate companies do not possess. There is a reason why CBRE is consistently ranked as the number one commercial real estate company in the world. However, at least in the office I have experience with, the main benefit of CBRE is the people of whom it is comprised. My office had an incredible amount of passionate and intelligent brokers- most of whom probably could have had leadership positions at another real estate company. The managing director was a great leader, and he took great pride in the fact that he had formed a superbly skilled and cohesive team of brokers. Every single one of them knows exactly what they are doing and how to make a great deal of money for the company. However, these brokers are not all about money. They care about each other and love to team up and offer information whenever it makes an associate's life easier. All of the non brokers in the office, from the office manager down to the receptionist are always treated with the utmost respect. At CBRE, if you want to advance, you simply have to put in the hours. CBRE has great training programs that prepare its young employees for the industry quite well. Thus, all each individual needs to do is try his or her hardest. If he or she is doing a good job, he or she will be rewarded. Another great thing was the office atmosphere. It was never boring or stuffy- all the employees are constantly engaging each other in friendly ways. Their always appeared to be a great deal of camaraderie in the office throughout the whole day. The senior leadership is great- if they need to lead, they will lead, otherwise they let their employees due what they are hired to do, which is always a relief. I have never worked in an office that had such high morale before. Most cubicle-styled offices resemble the movie "Office Space," where the employees are constantly bored and depressed. That was never the case at CBRE! Every person seemed generally happy to be there. Many of the employees are good friends outside of work and often meet up for lunch, drinks or dinner. In conclusion, CBRE is a great place to work- partially because of its vast resources, but mostly because of the high-quality of the average employee.

    Cons

    Sometimes the chain of command can be a little confusing. Its not that their is isn't great leadership, its just that it sometimes appears like their is unnecessary overlap of responsibilities amongst those with leadership positions. Thus, sometimes in-job communication can break down a little bit. An example would be if a team of researchers got a very similar assignment from two different brokers, they aren't always able to consolidate. Its usually not a problem, however. On occasion, interns are given assignments which have almost no practical value to the company. Also, interns are often relations of the senior brokers in the office, making it difficult for aspiring real estate brokers to get an internship. Other than that which is stated above, there really isn't anything major wrong with this company. They do a great job.

    Advice to Management

    I think Senior Management should have a look into the hiring of interns who are relations of senior members. Obviously, if they qualified it shouldn't matter, but often times their fathers just wanted them to have summer jobs. Unfortunately, this eliminates a vast amount of intelligent college grads who are itching to get involved with CBRE but are blocked by nepotism. I would also like senior management to know that they are running a great company.



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