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Cushman & Wakefield Overview

Chicago, IL
10000+ employees
Company - Public (CWK)
Real Estate
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Cushman & Wakefield is a global leader in commercial real estate services, helping clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create ... Read more

Mission: What We Believe
Deep local and global knowledge creates significant value
Relentless curiosity delivers unseen opportunities
Every touch point is an opportunity to deliver an exceptional experience for clients
Diverse backgrounds, cultures ... Read more

Cushman & Wakefield – Why Work For Us?


What We Believe

Deep local and global knowledge creates significant value for our clients

Relentless curiousity delivers unseen opportunities

Every touch point is an opportunity to deliver an exceptional experience for clients

Diverse backgrounds, cultures and expertise inspire breakthrough innovation

Our brand and our people will be the envy of the industry

Alone we are good; together we are great

What You Can Expect from Us

A strong bias for action

A rigorous focus on results

Value created through insight

The right people powered by the right platform


We aim to be a market-leading property firm which provides outstanding client service through the quality of our people. Therefore, it is critical that we inspire our people to be the best of the best; this is achieved by creating a distinctive and diverse workplace and environment for them to work and having an inclusive culture that is woven into everything that we do.

To achieve this, we aim to ensure that all employees, job applicants, clients and customers are treated fairly regardless of gender, marital or family status, color, race, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age, medical status and religion.

The promotion of equality and diversity will be pursued through all of our processes, including recruitment and selection procedures, training, career development as well as through all other aspects of the Cushman & Wakefield business. 

The main consideration for any appointment is evidence that a candidate will be able to achieve and fulfill their potential in an environment that is diverse and inclusive.

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 45,000 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.


Senior leadership individually recruited to lead the Americas Diversity & Inclusion Council dedicated to developing strategies to recruit, develop, and retain diverse talent.

Tod Lickerman, Chief Executive of the Americas, personally invited a senior group of leaders to identify key priorities for the council. The group is expanding diversity recruiting efforts for college level hires; implementing processes to embed diverse slates when hiring and promoting talent to leadership roles; reporting metrics against our goals; and, instilling inclusive behaviors in the company culture.


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 of our firm. They strive to advance their careers, the Cushman & Wakefield brand, and the company’s vision to drive meaningful value to our clients.

Its mission is to create a network of rising professionals within Cushman & Wakefield which, through continuing education, collaboration, communication and community service, will grow individually and collectively.


This group was developed to foster an inclusive environment at Cushman & Wakefield by making a difference in the quality of life at work for LGBTQ employees and allies. This group engages in community support, corporate responsibility, and outreach.

The group’s mission is to provide an open-minded support system for conducting business and addressing the personal requirements of our LGBTQ community through employee development, networking, and mentoring.

Women At Cushman & Wakefield


The Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) was created to accelerate the advancement of women working at Cushman & Wakefield. By sharing information, best practices, education, and experience, we help one another develop leadership skills and career advancing opportunities.

Our mission is to develop and support the talents of our women team members, and have meaningful impact on the firm’s performance.

There are currently 34 chapters across the Americas, with over 1,460 members, and plans to expand globally in 2017 and 2018.

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In Greater China, a commitment to diversity means that Cushman & Wakefield females employee account for 55% of the total workforce, almost 46% of middle and senior management, and 147 women have served the company for over 10 years.

On International Women’s Day, meaningful testimonies were collected from women across Greater China, including personal reflections on life and work at our company.


Annually, our offices around the global take part in International Women’s Day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. In 2017 we invited all of our employees to showcase stories, photos, and videos of how they will #BeBoldForChange, and shared them on social media.

Women (and men) around the world shared how they:

  • Challenged bias and inequality
  • Championed women's education
  • Forged women's advancement
  • Celebrated women's achievements

Our landing page showcases the stories, photos, and videos about the we celebrated #BeBoldforChange.

Cushman & Wakefield Reviews

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    "Solid, strong leader in commercial real estate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
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    Positive Outlook
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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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Cushman & Wakefield Interviews



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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

  • 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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