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Financial Speedbump:

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

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

Pros

Lots of activity means lots of learning opportunities
Lots of holidays
Can flex-time 4 hours with no approval needed
Decent vacation allowance (though taking more than a day can be a struggle)
You usually end up with a decent little group of friends who share your pain

Cons

Very clique-ey. If you're not on your Controller/Asst. Controller's BFF list, you're out in right field scratching your groin.

Decisions you make, no matter how right, will NOT be supported, While your direct might have your back, as you get higher up the chain it doesn't matter if it's a client or a REM (Real Estate Manager aka on-site property manager), they won't support you. Why did I title this review "Financial Speedbump"? Because they will run you over.

REMs who are cognitively undeveloped. A large percent are in their jobs due to brown-nosing. They don't know the policies of their own clients or their company. They don't know even basic accounting concepts, that they are required to know, like accruals. Many will do more work to get out of actually doing the required thing they need to do.

Pay sucks. If you have student loans, consider a weekend job. If you're getting married, consider a weekend job.

Until you get a system down and get your REMs sticking to it, report turnarounds will blow. I've read many of the reviews here & some people are whining. I have eight properties right now, several of which are Senior REA level, and I can turn them all around within 3 days. The key is to be firm but fair with your on-site team and letting them know what expectations you have.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Too many chiefs, not enough indians. Get rid of a lot of the worthless people who do nothing but sit in meetings & get food catered and get more accountants & coordinators.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to work A LOT.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CBRE full-time

    Pros

    Some really nice co-workers. Have learned a lot about client accounting. You can work remotely, but this leads to working around the clock.

    Cons

    A lot of hours, with no support. Have work nights, weekends to "get the job done", this can get old really quick!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribute the workload more fairly. Look around and see what is going on, who is consistently leaving early, who is staying late?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unethical environment

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

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

    Pros

    Good compensation for some positions.

    Cons

    Leadership needs to invest more in the employees. Employees have no voice. They are just seen as robots. No positive feedback is provided. Management listens to the field versus their direct reports. Company structure need to be changed. Invest in better technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees they know the issues and want to make CBRE better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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