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Cushman & Wakefield Overview

Chicago, IL
10000+ employees
Company - Public (CWK)
Real Estate
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms ... Read more

Mission: Our purpose is simple: to put our clients and our people at the center of what's next in the world of real estate.

Cushman & Wakefield – Why Work For Us?

Fueled by ideas, expertise and dedication, we create real estate solutions to prepare our clients for what’s next.

An ideas company is by definition a people company. Technology supports us. Research informs us. But insights and ideas? They come from our people.


Our people are our best assets. And our experienced executive leadership team brings a diverse set of backgrounds across expertise and disciplines.
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We believe when our workforce and our clients reflect the world around us, everyone succeeds. And we are committed to being the industry leader in our diversity and inclusion efforts. By every measure. Learn More >


A company based on putting ideas into action needs fresh thinking in every job, from every kind of person. A company promising its clients that we understand what’s next needs to hire what’s next. And we do. Learn More >

As an employee, you will benefit from a generous employment package which includes the following key aspects:

Training and Development Programs

Cushman & Wakefield is committed to your development. In order to enable you to reach your full potential, you will have 24/7 online access to learning content through our C&W University site at a time and place convenient for you. C&W University will offer you a mixture of strategic titles and recorded seminars covering a expansive selection of business and technology areas. To complement our digital offering, you may, from time to time, be invited to onsite and offsite formal training to further enhance your skills.

We actively encourage our people to take ownership of their personal development and as an employer of choice, will provide you with the help and support necessary to realise your development needs.

Health and Welfare Programs

We believe it is important for you to remain healthy, both mentally and physically. As such, all employees are able to join into local schemes, insurances and policies designed to keep you in shape and keep you well.

Vacation and Holidays

No matter which of our 60 countries you choose to work in, you will find that your role at Cushman & Wakefield includes a leave allowance which enables you to take time out to rest, travel and spend time with family.

Compensation programs competitive with local markets

Cushman & Wakefield’s compensation philosophy is built on four components that guide how we drive behaviour and performance and how we reward employees at all levels throughout the organisation.

Drive Individual Performance

Our pay-for-performance program aligns employee goals and objectives with C&W’s strategic plan. The program incentivizes and rewards employees based on actual, measureable individual performance. Performance goals include both quantitative and qualitative elements.

Maintain Market Reference

Our aim is to offer market competitive pay – which allows us to attract and retain high performing employees and to also motivate behaviours that support the pay-for-performance culture.

Tie to Results

Our pay-for-performance components work together to encourage and reward behaviours that support and drive Cushman & Wakefield’s business goals. Compensation is tied to the attainment of specific, agreed-on individual and business results.

Enhance Global Partnership

At Cushman & Wakefield we look at pay practices across lines of business, at various levels and position types, and in different regions, to ensure equity around the company and around the globe. This global approach simplifies processes, supports fairness and equality, and makes it easier to take advantage of career opportunities around the world.

Global Performance Management Program

Everyone employed at Cushman & Wakefield takes part in our global performance program. This is designed to ensure that we all have realistic and measurable goals which allow us to grow and develop our experiences, knowledge and abilities. Annually, line managers hold formal discussions to review performance and identify areas where we can further assist in our employees’ development.

Cushman & Wakefield has long been a vanguard of the commercial real estate industry. If there is one thing we’ve learned, it’s that our clients are more successful, and we are more successful, if our workforce reflects the world around us. And we earnestly believe that a rich tapestry of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences contribute to a more enjoyable work experience where innovation can thrive.

In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we embrace proactive talent management and mentorship programs, at all levels of the organization. We promote an inclusive mindset that inspires loyalty and where every individual has the freedom to contribute authentically. We actively work to attract, develop, and empower a deep pool of talent, and in doing so create a space where everyone feels valued, respected, and inspired to play a role in moving our company forward.

With 48,000 people across 70 countries, we are reminded every day that diversity is not just championed at Cushman & Wakefield, it’s expected. And inclusion is a business philosophy and a way of managing and behaving that is embedded in everything we do, with our employees at the center.


In 2017, Cushman & Wakefield established the Diversity and Inclusion Council (D&I Council). This council is sponsored by Shawn Mobley, Chief Executive Americas, and is comprised of representatives from across the Americas. Through this council, Cushman & Wakefield will develop and promote education and awareness of diversity and inclusion strategies. The D&I Council also serves as a forum for sharing best practices and ensuring consistent use of metrics across the region.


The vision of the Australia/New Zealand Diversity and Inclusion Network is to create a respectful, inclusive culture which encourages growth to the fullest potential of both Cushman & Wakefield and its people.

The A/NZ D&I Network has partnered with the Diversity Council of Australia, an independent not-for-profit workplace diversity advisor, allowing Cushman & Wakefield to draw on industry best practice, develop and contribute to new initiatives, and continue to welcome a diverse workplace.


An EMEA-based diversity council dedicated to respecting differences and nurturing strengths. The group operates several different committees committed to diversity and inclusion.

Colin Wilson, Head of UK & Ireland, leads a diversity council called Inspire, which has several committees assigned to create inclusion around different and related areas. The group focuses on Gender, LGBTQ, Mental & Physical Health, Work/Life Solutions, Socio-Economic backgrounds and Ethnicity & Culture.


Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders (CWFL) was created to foster the future leadership talent at our firm. The group's mission is to create a network of rising profressionals within Cushman & Wakefield which, through continuing education, collaboration, communication and community service, will grow individually and collectively. Local chapters across the Americas coordinate networking events, guest lectures and seminars, and community involvement opportunities. Inquiries can be sent to


Cushman & Wakefield strives to create an energetic mix of people who offer fresh perspectives that drive innovation and competitive advantage. UNITY, an employee resource group dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) employees and allies, is a building block of an inclusive culture in which everyone feels respected and is encouraged to bring their unique contributions to work. The mission of UNITY is to increase visibility and prove an open-minded support system for conducting business and addressing the personal requirements of our LGBTQ+ community. Inquiries can be sent to


Veterans at Cushman & Wakefield will find challenging and rewarding work directly related to their skills and talents. The mission of the Veterans Initiative Program is to attract and retain military veterans in positions across all company service lines. We are growing partnerships with organizations like Hiring Our Heroes and Team Rubicon, as well as working with coalitions to develop best practices for hiring, retaining and supporting veteran colleagues. We also support veterans by donating to organizations such as Operation Finally Home. Visit our Veterans Initiative Program website, which features commentary from some of Cushman & Wakefield's veterans, as well as higlights from the effort behind our recruiting initiative. 


Cushman & Wakefield recognizes that women are a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Women's leadership, skills and acumen are a strength the firm can leverage to win new clients, attract new talents and transform perceptions of the industry at large. The Women's Integrated Network (WIN) was formed to accelerate the advancement of women working at our firm. The group's mission is to develop and support the talents of our women team members, and have meaningful impact on the firm's performance. WIN has expanded over the years, and now has more than 2,000 active members in 39 chapters across the Americas, London and Singapore. Inquiries can be sent to

Cushman & Wakefield Reviews

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    "Solid, strong leader in commercial real estate"

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    I worked at Cushman & Wakefield full-time (More than 3 years)


    C&W has been around for a long time and now has a strong global presence. They tend to hold on to good talent as long as possible and offer excellent benefits packages.


    Like pretty much every other company, they're ownership can change hands which may lead to reorganization, ergo shuffling of jobs, locations or layoffs.
    They tend to hire contractors rather than full-time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can think of.

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cushman & Wakefield (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) in February 2014.


    The interview consisted of a group interview that included two staff members and the regional manager. I was very impressed with the professionalism of the staff as soon as I stepped off the elevator for the interview. I was also pleased with the ambience of the office. Everyone was busy and involved with one another and the board rooms were larger than life. It was definitely an environment I knew I wanted to be a part of.

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Cushman & Wakefield Awards & Accolades

  • Forbes 2019 Best Employers for Diversity, Forbes, 2019
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2018
  • No. 1 Global Commercial Real Estate Advisory and Consultant, Euromoney Real Estate Awards, 2018
  • 50 Best Small & Medium-Sized Workplaces in Europe, Great Place to Work Institute Europe, 2009
  • 51 Best Small & Medium-Sized Workplaces in Europe(#9), Great Place to Work Institute Europe, 2008
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